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Due to issues surrounding COVID-19 including a 60 percent decrease in ridership, Gold Country Stage and Gold Country Lift will begin operating on a reduced service schedule. On Wednesday April 1, 2020 we will begin operating a reduced schedule (7:15 AM - 5:30 PM), with additional service to Auburn on Route 5 at 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. For more information please refer to the the route schedules herein for specific Saturday Route times.


Nevada County Transit Services is pleased to announce the start-up of On-Demand Dial-a-Ride service for seniors 65 and over on Gold Country Lift, effective Wednesday April 22, 2020. 

Senior Dial-a-Ride service will be available to Western Nevada County residents during the same days, hours and service area as the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service provided by Gold Country Lift; typically, Monday –Friday 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM and Saturday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The cost per one-way trip is $4.00. Please note that during the current COVID-19 shelter-in-place we are operating reduced service hours for the safety of our Community.

Eligibility for the service is simply an identification which verifies age of 65 or older, including: State issued driver’s license or ID card, Gold Country Stage Senior Discount Fare ID card and Medi-care ID card.

To request a ride, participants will need to call Gold Country Lift at 530-271-RIDE (7433). Rides may be requested for the same day, but all Senior Dial-a-Ride trips will be provided on an available capacity basis only with ADA mandated trips taking priority. For first time trips, passengers must have their proof of age available, and must complete a simple one-page application which will be given to the driver at the time of pick-up.

Message from the Transit Services Division

In light of COVID-19, Nevada County Transit Services (Gold Country Stage and Lift) is monitoring the situation and maintaining regular contact with County of Nevada Public Health Department, state Departments of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk will increase. Cases of COVID-19 and instances of community spread are being reported in a growing number of states. However, we understand this can raise concerns about safety in public spaces, including public transit. Therefore, we want to remind passengers about CDC-recommended precautions everyone should take onboard public transit to prevent the spread of illnesses:

o Wash your hands with soap and water before and after riding public transit. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

o Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

o Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

o Stay six feet away from other people.

o Stay home if you are sick.

 IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL, DO NOT TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Call your healthcare provider before you leave your home and follow their guidance.

While Gold Country Stage and Lift buses are increasing cleaning and sanitization, following these recommendations is the best way to prevent the spread of illnesses onboard. The Transit Services Division has also shared preventative information with staff to ensure they can remain safe and healthy when serving the public.

For the latest information about COVID-19 in communities served by Nevada County Transit Services, please refer to information and guidance provided by the following public health agencies:

Nevada County Transit Services is constantly monitoring ridership during this time and may implement service changes, as needed. Follow Nevada County Public Works on social media or check the website at www.goldcountrystage.com  or www.goldcountrylift.com for the latest updates. We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and respond as necessary in partnership with our public health and transportation partners.

Be safe, wash your hands, and refer to public health agencies to minimize risk of exposure. #FlattentheCurve

Fare Free Events

Nevada County Transit Services Will Provide Fare Free Service Though June 30, 2020

As our community navigates the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Nevada County Transit Services is continuing to provide services while implementing best practices to slow the spread of coronavirus. To make transit easily accessible to those who need it, Nevada County Transit is offering fare free service on both Gold Country Stage fixed route and Gold Country Lift paratransit services effective March 19, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

Funded by a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) grant.

Debit and Credit Cards Now Accepted!

The Transit Services Division is now able to accept debit and credit card payment for the purchase of bus passes. At this time this service is only available at the Gold Country Stage office at 13081 John Bauer Ave., Grass Valley, Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that there is a $2.50 processing fee when using a debit or credit card for purchasing bus passes. Effective October 25, 2019.


Where's my bus?

If you have a smart phone, you can download the RouteShout 2.0 app from the Apple App Store or Android Play Store. With RouteShout 2.0 you can get real time ETA's for the bus at your stop, see route schedules and stops and set your location to provide information about the nearest stop. 

At home or work you can load https://cnts.routematch.com/fixedroute/ into your web browser to view our interactive map which shows the location of the bus on each route. No more wondering if you missed the bus or not.

For information regarding the "Golden Ticket" lifetime pass please click on the Fares and Passes page on the left.

2020 Discount Card renewal

If you have a Discount Card with the label "Discount Card" on the bottom of the card, it expires on December 31, 2019. You must renew your card before December 31 in order to receive discount fares in 2020. Drivers will not honor your 2019 card in 2020. Cards may be obtained at theTransit Services office, 13081 John Bauer Ave. Grass Valley Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 or the Tinloy Transit Center on the first two working days of each month 8:00 - 5:00. An application is located on our web site on the Fares and Passes page along with the accepted documentation for eligibility. ALL DISCOUNT FARE USERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A DISCOUNT FARE ID CARD.

Change in check acceptance policy

GCS will no longer accept personal checks under $20.00.

Gold Country Transit Map 2017