New RTD Van Go! Pilot Program Launches Jan 10th

New RTD Van Go! Pilot Program Launches Jan 10th

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) launches a new iteration of its Van Go! service on January 10, in response to customer feedback.
RTD Van Go! is an on-demand rideshare service that will help residents travel more easily throughout San Joaquin County. For this new pilot program, RTD has eliminated zones, transfers, and restrictions on trip origin and destination; trips can be made as long as the travel is within San Joaquin County. Every RTD Van Go! vehicle is wheelchair accessible and its drivers are trained, licensed, and fully-prepared to help with accessibility needs.
“We are excited to be able to offer a true countywide premium service with the changes,” said RTD CEO Gloria Salazar. Passengers may create a tailor-made trip with RTD’s Van Go! anywhere within San Joaquin County seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Using the RTD Van Go! app, which is available for download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, passengers may book a ride up to two days in advance. For more information regarding the service, visit sjRTD.com/VanGo.

Diane Nguyen Begins Executive Director Position at SJCOG

On January 4, 2021, Diane Nguyen started the position as the Executive Director of the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG). The SJCOG Board of Directors unanimously appointed her at its October 22, 2020 meeting after a nationwide executive recruitment.
“No project is too big, nor is any project too small, for Diane,” Assemblymember Jim Cooper said. “She has turned around situations by engaging directly with stakeholders. This kind of responsiveness to community needs is what has defined Diane’s career.”
SJCOG Chair and City of Stockton Councilmember Sol Jobrack said, “We welcome Diane Nguyen as the Executive Director. With 25 years of direct experience working in regional and city governments throughout California, she brings deep strategic and operational expertise that are extremely valuable to the region.”
During her 8-year tenure as SJCOG’s Deputy Director of Planning, Programming, and Project Delivery, Diane was a pioneer for many innovative projects in the San Joaquin region. She developed San Joaquin’s first Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and first 7-public transit agency mobile ticketing application (known as EZHub). She oversaw the Measure K Capital Improvement Program which helped fund the first I-5 HOV lanes in the Central Valley and the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in California at State Route 120/Union Road.
“SJCOG looks forward to Diane’s guidance to the Board of Directors and continuation of efforts she led this past year,” Jobrack said. “This includes the Regional Early Action Planning Program for housing and the launch of a concept she created to bring electric bikes, electric cars, and work force development into Stockton’s disadvantaged communities.”
“As Executive Director, I will foster SJCOG’s purpose driven culture–one focused on the delivery of exceptional service to SJCOG’s member agencies, partners, and San Joaquin residents,” Nguyen said. “In 2021, I am thrilled to be able to grow creative concepts for more sustainable and cost-effective mobility options. I will also explore all opportunities to leverage transportation dollars for the region.”
About Diane Nguyen
Diane Nguyen has served as SJCOG’s Deputy Director of Planning, Programming, and Project Delivery since 2012. She originally joined SJCOG in 1995 and worked there till 2005. From 2005 to 2012, she was the Manager of Capital Programs and Public Policy for Interwest Consulting Group. Notable at Interwest was her financing and project management strategy which enabled two interchanges (on Highway 99 in the City of Elk Grove) to complete construction within a year of each other. Diane has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine. Also from UCI, she secured a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) in Social Ecology. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
About SJCOG
The San Joaquin Council of Governments is a regional planning agency responsible for transportation planning, habitat conservation planning, and a range of other responsibilities that include managing the Measure K transportation program as well as housing, air quality and airport land use planning. The operating budget for the agency is over $13 million and SJCOG programs and apportions out approximately $150 million in transportation investments annually.

SJCOG, Masabi Launch EZHub

The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCG) and Masabi, the company bringing Fare Payments-as-a-Service (FPaaS) to public transit, announced the launch of EZHub, a cashless mobile ticketing and fare payment system, available in the Vamos Mobility App from Kyyti. The app will make using public transit safer and easier to access throughout San Joaquin County. Once downloaded, transit riders can use the Vamos Mobility app to plan their journeys and purchase tickets for any of the seven participating transit systems. The app is available from both the App Store and Google Play by searching for “Vamos Mobility” connecting residents of California’s Central Valley with affordable and clean local transit.

For more information, please visit the EZHub page here.

MAX saves you money with Token Transit!

MAX has partnered with Token Transit to help riders save money with fare capping.

 

Fare capping allows users to get credit for buying smaller trips and passes and earn their way toward a longer period pass. For example, riders can purchase and use one-way and one-day passes and earn their way toward a seven-day pass. Riders don’t have to register for anything, the Token Transit app tracks the capping for them and automatically gives credit for the smaller trips and passes purchased over a period of time to earn a longer-period pass!

Learn more HERE!

MAX moves to Saturday Plus Schedule

Beginning Monday, January 4, and until further notice, Modesto Area Express (MAX) will be operating on a “Saturday Plus” schedule for all routes. We hope this temporary schedule reduction will provide riders with the safe and reliable service they deserve.

What is Saturday Plus?

Saturday Plus is a temporary schedule reduction impacting all Weekday routes.  The traditional Weekday routes for most routes will operate with a modified Saturday inbound and outbound schedule. Routes will also start earlier than the standard Saturday schedule.

Typical weekday only routes 24, 28, 35, 44, and Commuter Routes MAX to ACE, MAX to BARxT, and MAX to Stockton will continue to operate.

All schedules can be found on the Maps and Schedules web page.

COVID-19

All MAX buses continue to be cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant and all staff members who were recently exposed to COVID-19 are quarantining, as advised by the CDC, to protect the community. We wish a speedy recovery to our drivers who are currently sick. These essential service workers make access to supplies, employment, and medical attention possible. Please keep them in your thoughts.