We’ve all been there. Stuck behind the wheel in bumper to bumper traffic, nothing good on the radio, your foot cramping up after nearly an hour of tapping on the brake pedal… There is a better way to start your morning. Public transit lets you spend your commute however you want. Catch some extra sleep on the train, finish that book you’ve been reading, or get some extra binge time on your favorite TV series. Not to mention, you’ll be taking cars off the road, which helps air quality in a big way.
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Local Transit and Rail Providers
San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties have a number of transit agencies offering everything from intercity fixed route service to commuter buses and trains to dial-a-ride and paratransit. The agencies listed below are the major transit providers in the area. Click on a provider name to obtain additional information about the services they provide.
- The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) is a commuter train that runs between Stockton and San Jose with stations in Stockton, Lathrop-Manteca, Tracy and various stops in the Bay Area.
- Amtrak San Joaquins runs through the San Joaquin Valley with connections to places including Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Sacramento, and Oakland. In addition to its train service, Amtrak San Joaquins also runs a thruway bus service that can connect you to destinations like Yosemite, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
- Amtrak Sacramento Morning Express departs from the downtown Fresno Station (FNO) and takes riders through the San Joaquin Valley to Sacramento before 8:00 am on weekdays and 8:30 on weekends and holidays.
- The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has trains running from Dublin-Pleasanton to various Bay Area locations. You can drive, carpool or vanpool, or take SJRTD or MAX commuter buses to BART.
Stanislaus County Transit Providers
- Modesto Area Express offers commuter services to ACE, Amtrak, and BART as well as fixed route service throughout the Modesto urban area. Dial-A-Ride is also available through MAX.
- Amtrak Modesto (MOD) station building with waiting room. 1700 Held Dr., Modesto.
- Stanislaus Regional Transit serves Stanislaus County with Fixed Route, Dial-A-Ride and Runabouts. Serves Turlock, Modesto, Waterford, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Waterford and Riverbank. Non-emergency transportation to Bay Area Medical Facilities is also available.
- Bus Line Service of Turlock (BLAST) provides transit service to the City of Turlock and the surrounding unincorporated area. Dial-A-Ride is also available.
- Amtrak Denair/Turlock (TRK) platform with shelter. 3800 Santa Fe Ave. Denair.
- Ceres Area Transit (CAT) is a fixed route bus service that serves Ceres and the surrounding unincorporated area. Dial-A-Ride is also available.
San Joaquin County Transit Providers
- San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD) operates 8 Commuter Routes to Lathrop, Manteca, Tracy, Livermore, Dublin/BART, Pleasanton, Sunnyvale, and Sacramento. For additional information click here.
- Amtrak San Joaquins has two stations in Stockton: San Joaquin St. (SKN) at 735 N. San Joaquin St, Stockton CA) and Downtown Stockton (SKT) at 949 East Channel Street, Stockton CA. Both feature station buildings with waiting rooms.
- Manteca Transit offers two routes serving the Manteca Area.
- Amtrak Manteca/Lathrop (LTM) platform with shelter. 17800 Shideler Parkway, Manteca.
- The Lodi Grapeline serves the City of Lodi. Amtrak Lodi (LOD) station building with waiting room. 24 S Sacramento St., Lodi.
- The Tracy Tracer provides fixed route, paratransit, and Dial-A-Ride services to the City of Tracy. In addition, San Joaquin RTD is offering a new route between Tracy and Mountain House. For additional information CLICK HERE.
- Amtrak Tracy (TRA) curbside bus stop only (no shelter). 725 W Clover Road (Wendy’s Restaurant), Tracy.
- ETrans provides The City of Escalon a door-to-door Dial-A-Ride service which operates within the City of Escalon and the surrounding unincorporated county areas.
- The Blossom Express provides the City of Ripon a transit bus service to the general public, with four roundtrip loops from Ripon to Modesto.
Merced County Transit Providers
- THE BUS public transportation for the County of Merced connecting cities with Commuter Express, Merced Shuttle and Intercity Express.
- YARTS public transportation to Yosemite from Merced on Hwy 140 and Hwy 120 and Interstate 395 to Mammoth Lake.
- Amtrak (MCD) Merced station building with enclosed waiting room. 324 W 24th St., Merced, CA 95340.
- Greyhound Bus Merced bus station with baggage check and waiting room. 710 W 16th St.