The Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) plans to launch systemwide service changes on March 5, as a result of its Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) findings from 2022. The changes will help provide transit equity across The S service area.
Although the service change will not occur until March 5, StanRTA has already started promoting the changes for riders to become familiar with changes in their neighborhoods.
“Our goal was to create an easier, more efficient system to connect our communities across the entire service area,” said Adam Barth, StanRTA CEO. “The changes will provide significantly expanded and more equitable transit access.”
After conducting multiple community outreach events throughout 2022 and utilizing assistance from professional transit consultants, the StanRTA Board of Directors approved the COA-recommended service changes in December 2022 to better meet the travel needs of people in Stanislaus County. The “Connecting Communities on The S” service launch on March 5 will add 200+ new bus stops and partially redesign most routes. Some of the changes include:
Sunday hourly bus service introduced on Routes 15, 24, 40, 45, 48, 50, 60, and 61.
Service frequency improved to every 60 minutes for Routes 10, 15, 40, 45, 50, 60, and 61.
Routes are now almost exclusively bidirectional, going outbound and then turning around to return on the same path with bus stops closely aligned on opposite sides of the street, making The S more rider friendly.
New Route 24: Traveling from Empire through Modesto to Riverbank along Claus and Roselle. This route provides a crucial North-South linkage for riders to shopping, high schools, and services on the east side of the Modesto urban area with connections to other routes on Briggsmore and Floyd.
StanRTA has detailed service change information available on its website. All services will be free on The S from March 5 through March 18 to celebrate Go Green Weeks. Riders are encouraged to purchase and activate multi-day passes accordingly. Passes are not refundable once activated.
StanRTA was formed in 2021 through the consolidation of Modesto Area Express and Stanislaus Regional Transit and is the provider of local and regional public transit in Stanislaus County. StanRTA operates fixed-route, demand-response, and commuter services. For more information, visit www.stanrta.org or call 209-527-4900.