FREE Rides until 2022 with MAX and StaRT!

FREE Rides until 2022 with MAX and StaRT!

The Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) Board approved simpler fare options for Modesto Area Express (MAX) and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) services. The fares will go into effect in January 2022. Until then, rides on all MAX and StaRT services are free!

The Board approved the new fares to simplify the 40-plus different options that are currently available on MAX and StaRT. Some highlights about the new fares include:

  • Youth 0-18 are free.
  • Most fares are reduced.
  • A day pass will replace the single ride for $2.00.

StanRTA is providing free fares as it reviews all existing routes, creates a new name and logo to represent MAX & StaRT in 2022.

Rideshare Week is HERE!

Commuters using public transit and dibs carpools and vanpools Oct. 18-22 can net smart travelers a $50 Amazon gift card or an Apple Air Pods Max.

Rideshare Week is an annual event across the United States that invites commuters to explore other ways of getting to work. Commuters can enter to win by creating an account at (or the dibs Commute Tracker app) and record a carpool, vanpool or public transit trip during Oct. 18-22.

Nine new registrations will be selected from Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. That’s 27 total gift cards up for grabs. In addition, one lucky trip logger will be selected from each county to win Apple AirPods Max.

Using smart travel methods makes it easier to save money, helps save the environment and reduces traffic. Find out more about how dibs can help at

Any person 18 or older who works or lives in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Merced counties is eligible to win. Trip logging will be done via or through the Commute Tracker app. Only new members are eligible for Amazon gift card prizes.

Rideshare Week as an annual event to promote alternative methods of transportation. When commuters drive alone to their destination, it increases air pollution, congestion, and negatively impacts physical and mental health. Rideshare Week invites commuters to try something new and transit organizations to offer incentives to commuters for sharing their ride.

Take our Survey – win $100!

We want to know how you get around and how dibs has affected your commute! We’re inviting our users to take a moment to tell us your experiences with dibs and effects on your commute habits. Your opinions and feedback will be used to improve our program. As a way to say thanks, at the end of the survey you’ll be able to enter a raffle for a $100 VISA giftcard!

Take the survey HERE


The last day to take the Survey is September 20. 

This August: Buy 1, Get 2 Free Bus Fare with Vamos!

Buy 1 get 2 FREE bus fare with EZHub! From August 1-15, buy any bus fare on the Vamos Mobility App and great two one-way fares free from any of our amazing county bus services: San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Lodi GrapeLine, Manteca Transit Center, Ripon Blossom Express, Escalon eTrans, and Tracy Tracer
Visit for more info and download links!

Survey says: SJ residents can help plan future transportation!

San Joaquin County residents can have a hand in planning the future of transportation in the region by simply filling out a brief survey.

The survey results will be used as part of the San Joaquin Council of Governments’ Envision 2050 project to update the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). SJCOG is the planning, financing and coordinating agency for the San Joaquin region overseeing transportation, housing, habitat conservation, and other areas.

SJCOG’s RTP/SCS provides the long-range vision and investment plan for the county’s future transportation needs. The plan maps how the region will integrate transportation and land use to provide transportation options that help the region grow in a financially and environmentally responsible way.

Policies and strategies developed through Envision 2050 will be used to meet regional challenges, including to air quality, social equity, economic development, truck and goods movement, and long work commutes to jobs outside the county. The plan also aims to examine how increases in the number of people working from home, increases in delivery services due to online shopping or take-out meals, and the growing use of autonomous and connected electric vehicles will guide the transportation investments.

One way to have an influence on which strategies will be selected for the update is to participate in a MetroQuest Survey. Please follow this link to the MetroQuest Survey to take part in shaping the future of transportation in San Joaquin County.

To learn more about the RTP/SCS, please contact Tim Kohaya at (209) 235-0389 or, or Hailey Lang at (209) 235-0582 or

Free Rides All July!

It’s finally here – Free Rides All July on Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), and Turlock Transit fixed and commuter routes!

This is the third consecutive MAX Free Rides All July promotion funded by a grant through Caltrans’ Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). The LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities.

This July is particularly special because it marks the first Free Rides All July for the newly formed Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) which merges MAX and StaRT into one seamless system.

There are so many destinations riders can travel to for free this July. All you need is a face mask to board! Here are some routes and services we recommend you try out:

•    MAX Ceres Route 44

•    MAX Escalon Route 35

•    MAX to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Commuter Express

•    MAX to Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Commuter Express

•    MAX to Stockton Commuter Express

•    MAX to Amtrak

•    StaRT fixed routes (this includes travel to Gustine, Newman, Patterson, Westley, Grayson, and up to Riverbank and Oakdale)

•    Turlock Transit fixed routes


Maps and Schedules

Easy Contactless ticket payments with 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 Coaunty. 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.