Transit Division

Transit’s Mission Statement

To provide our Community with a safe, friendly and reliable transportation experience.

Transit Service

Our system combines the benefits of traditional fixed route service and demand response service for Transit Functional Needs qualified passengers.

The bus follows a defined route, picking up and dropping off passengers at designated stops. The bus will also “deviate” off of its route within a three-quarter of a mile radius when a Transit Functional Needs passenger has been identified and an advance reservation has been made.


We provide bus service to Inyokern Monday through Friday and service to Randsburg on Fridays via appointment only.

Transit Functional NeedsWheelchair Accessible Bus with driver assisting person in a wheelchair onto lift

Equal Access

Ridgecrest Transit provides all citizens’ equal access to its transportation services under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and it is also the intent of Ridgecrest Transit that all citizens are aware of their rights to such access. If you feel that you have been discriminated against please follow these links to our Title VI (English) (DOCX) or Title VI (Espanol) page.

Transit Functional Needs

Transit Bus

Printable copies of the Americans with Disabilities Act Transit Functional Needs packets (PDF) are available. Physical copies are available on every bus and at City Hall. This paperwork helps us to evaluate your transit needs to determine the best possible way for you to use our transit system.

Schedule An Appointment

Once you have your Transit Functional Needs request approved and you need to schedule your deviation appointment you may do so by calling our Transit Dispatch Office at 760-499-5040 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments for deviations must be made one business day prior to day of requested service.

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA)

NOTE: Please check with Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) regarding Mammoth Lakes to Lancaster service.

Buses lined up on a street during sunset

ESTA provides service from Mammoth Lakes to the Lancaster Metrolink station Monday through Friday. Information regarding their service can be found at the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority website or by calling 800-922-1930. The ESTA bus, whether it is going north or south, only stops in Inyokern.

Ridgecrest Transit provides a connection with both the Southbound and Northbound Routes of this service Monday through Friday via its Inyokern route. These connections provide transportation from Ridgecrest to the ESTA southbound or northbound buses, as well as transportation from the ESTA buses to Ridgecrest.

Southbound (Mammoth Lakes to Lancaster)

The City’s Inyokern bus departs Kerr McGee Center at 10:45 a.m. to connect at 11:20 a.m. with the ESTA bus in Inyokern on its way to Mojave and the Lancaster Metrolink.

Northbound (Lancaster to Mammoth Lakes)

The City’s Inyokern bus departs Kerr McGee Center at 3:15 p.m. to connect at 3:42 p.m. with the ESTA bus in Inyokern on its way to the following stops:

  • Big Pine
  • Bishop
  • Crowley Lakes
  • Independence
  • Lone Pine
  • Mammoth Lakes

Kern Transit

Kern Transit provides routes to and from Mojave or Lake Isabella on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Information regarding their service is available at the Kern Transit website or by calling 800-323-2396.

Bus Schedules & Routes

Physical copies of our bus schedules and route maps are available on every bus and in the lobby of City Hall. If you have any questions regarding our schedule please call us at 760-499-5040 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Transit Brochure 2019
Transit Timetable 2019

Bus Fares

  1. Standard Fares
  2. Standard Passes
  3. Inyokern Fares
  4. Inyokern Passes
  5. County Fares
  6. County Passes
  7. Randsburg/Johannesburg Fares
  8. Randsburg/Johannesburg Passes
  • Adult (18 to 59): $2.50 (Children 3 and under are free on the basis of 1 free fare per adult. Fares for additional children 3 and under will be charged at the Youth rate of $1.25).
  • Deviation: $2
  • Senior (60 and older), Disabled, Youth (4 to 17): $1.25