Per the California Department of Public Health guidance issued on June 18, 2020, all persons waiting for, or riding on, public transit must wear a face covering. Notifications of this requirement have been posted in all buses.

We understand that this may prove challenging for all passengers, but our staff is here to help and we will do everything we can to minimize the impacts to your travel experience.

 We appreciate your efforts to support Nevada County Transit Services by complying with this new requirement and by continuing to practice all COVID-19 safety protocols.


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.

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 July 31, 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 July 31, 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. Passes may be purchased the first three (3) business days of the month at Tinloy Transit Center and at the Gold Country Stage office at 12350 LaBarr Meadows Rd., 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, 12350 La Barr Meadows Rd.. Grass Valley Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 or the Tinloy Transit Center on the first three business 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