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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available On July 4th
June 22, 2017

San Joaquin RTD to offer free rides to StocktonCon attendees wearing costumes on the bus
June 15, 2017

Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available On Memorial Day
May 23, 2017

Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Easter Sunday, April 16
April 11, 2017

RTD real-time bus information launches on Swiftly app
April 4, 2017

 

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available On July 4th

On Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate its regular fix routes services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. RTD’s administrative offices, call center, and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will also be closed.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations will be limited to one round-trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and re-open its administrative offices, call center, and DTC on Wednesday, July 5.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. For more information visit sjRTD.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

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San Joaquin RTD to offer free rides to StocktonCon attendees wearing costumes on the bus

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), StocktonCon Events, LTD., and Utility Telecom, the organizers of the StocktonCon event, have entered into a co-marketing agreement.

A key benefit of the joint venture is that costumed attendees will be able to ride to StocktonCon on RTD buses for free, the weekend of the event.

The event will be held at the Stockton Arena on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 2017. The goal of StocktonCon is to raise awareness of outstanding artists in the San Joaquin Valley area and to give attendees the chance to experience a wide variety of popular culture including comics, card games, video games, anime, manga, science fiction, toys, television and movies. There will be a costume contest, art show, pop-culture celebrity signings, video game tournaments, and wrestling competitions. About 8,000 people are estimated to attend StocktonCon this year.

Guests can get to the arena on RTD Route 40, with bus stops right by the Stockton Arena. RTD route 44 brings guests from South Stockton to the Downtown Transit Center where they may connect with Route 40. Those staying at hotels near March Lane and Interstate 5 may use RTD Route 745 to connect with route 40 at the Mall Transfer Station and proceed from there to the event.

“We at StocktonCon, presented by Utility Telecom, are proud to announce a new partnership with the San Joaquin Regional Transit District,” said StocktonCon Events President, Mike Millerick. “Artie D., the RTD mascot, will be at StocktonCon to meet fans and take photos.”

RTD and StocktonCon will exchange ad space, with RTD advertising in the program, and StocktonCon advertising on a bus. The event and free rides for costumed guests will be promoted in a variety of media.

“We are very excited to participate in such a fun event for our community and visitors from out of town. RTD will transport you to StocktonCon safely, swiftly, and economically whether you are a super hero, or an everyday citizen.” said RTD Chief Executive Officer, Donna DeMartino, “Everyone at RTD is thrilled to work with our friends at StocktonCon to make big dreams come true. This joyful event is one more of “The Places You Can Go on RTD!”

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available On Memorial Day

Due to Memorial Day, on Monday, May 29, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices, call center, and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC); and will not operate its regular fixed routes bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday, May 22 to Friday, May 26. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

RTD will resume regular scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices, call center and DTC on Tuesday, May 30.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), is the regional transit provider for San Joaquim County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. RTD provides over 4 million trips annually. For more information visit sjrtd.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Easter Sunday, April 16

On Easter Sunday, April 16, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate its regular fixed routes bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service on Monday, April 17.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), is the regional transit provider for San Joaquim County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. RTD provides over 4 million trips annually. For more information visit sanjoaquinrtd.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

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RTD real-time bus information launches on Swiftly app

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) passengers can now learn when their next bus will arrive at their stop in real time on their phones or other mobile devices by downloading and using the Swiftly app.

RTD has partnered with Swiftly, Inc. to provide better real-time transit information for their riders. Using Swiftly's Transitime software, RTD has harnessed the ability to generate more accurate bus arrival predictions for passengers, while making real-time data public and available for distribution to mobile app developers.

There are three key elements that make the app beneficial for RTD passengers and others who are trying to learn the best way to reach a destination:

  • Real time information – Real time data is available as text or shown graphically on maps. Passengers can see where their bus is at all times.
  • Reports and alerts – Rider alerts from RTD, notifying passengers of unusual changes or issues with their chosen route, will appear on the app. Reports can also be generated by passengers and other travelers who spot something happening, providing help to others who may be going the same way.
  • Accurate information – Swiftly uses a powerful prediction engine that uses historical data to better determine when your bus will arrive at a particular stop.

For passengers, this means more accurate real-time arrival estimates and an ecosystem of mobile apps from which to choose. Starting today, real-time transit information will be available within Transit, Moovit, and Swiftly. Google Maps will be updated with more accurate real-time information in the coming weeks. These apps provide riders with real-time transit information, multi-modal trip planning, live maps with vehicle positions, and notification capabilities to help you stay up-to-speed on the latest service alerts.

“We are strong believers in better and more open data for transit agencies,” said Jonathan Simkin, Swiftly’s CEO. “For San Joaquin RTD, we implemented Swiftly Transitime to give bus riders in the Stockton area more certainty about their bus arrival predictions. Our hope is to make public transit easier to use so that more people can get from A to B in a more sustainable and affordable way.”

Now it is even easier to learn about the Places You Can Go on RTD!

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), is the regional transit provider for San Joaquim County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. RTD provides over 4 million trips annually. For more information visit sanjoaquinrtd.com, follow RTD on Facebook and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.

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Railroad Contruction Closes Select RTD Bus Stops Until March 3, 2017

On Monday, February 27, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will temporarily close select bus stops due to railroad construction near Bianchi Lane in Stockton.

Metro Hopper Route 6 bus stops closed include those along Bianchi Lane and:

  • Hillsboro
  • Clowes
  • West Lane
  • Dorset

Riders are advised to board at Kentfield & Surrey OR Kentfielf & Gateway Or Kentfield & Bianchi.

Stockton Metro Area Route 71 Northbound stops closed include Bianchi Lane and:

  • Hillsboro
  • Clowes
  • est Lane

Riders are advised to board at Dorset & Bianchi to travel Northbound.

Stockton Metro Area Route 71 Southbound stops closed include Bianchi Lane and:

  • Clowes
  • Hillsboro
  • Dorset
  • West Lane & March

Riders are advised to board at Bianchi & Kentfield to travel Southbound

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RTD to operate Weekend Service Schedule on President’s Day

On President’s Day, Monday, February 20, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will operate its Weekend Service Schedule for all routes, except the Commuter Route 150 to BART, which will operate on its regular Weekday Service Schedule. Additionally, RTD’s administrative offices, call center, and Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed.

RTD’s Weekend Service Schedule is as follows:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Weekend Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Fixed Routes 723 and 797
  • Stockton Metropolitan Area (SMA) American Disability Act (ADA) Dial-A-Ride (DAR)
  • Countywide Rural General Public (GP) Dial-A-Ride (DAR)

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices, call center, and the DTC on Tuesday, February 21. For route and trip planning assistance during the holiday, please visit www.sanjoaquinrtd.com.

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Limited, demand-response bus service available on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1.

RTD’s contractor will operate a limited, demand-response service of only 15 one-way trips within the Stockton Metropolitan Area, available by reservation on a first-come, first- served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Reservations will be accepted between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from Monday, December 19, through Friday, December 23, and will be limited to one round-trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

Additionally, on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, RTD services will operate on a weekend schedule, except for the Commuter Route 150, which will operate on a regular weekday schedule, and RTD administrative offices, RTD’s call center, and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed.

RTD will resume regular weekday service and administrative offices, RTD’s call center, and the DTC will reopen on Tuesday, December 27 and Tuesday, January 3, respectively. For route and trip planning assistance during the holidays, please visit sanjoaquinrtd.com.

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Multi-agency “Stuff the Bus” drive collects over 28,000 pounds of food

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) and its partners collected over 28,000 pounds of food, including 640 turkeys, at the 18th

Annual Stuff the Bus food drive on November 18-20. Since 1999, RTD and its partners have now raised over 315,000 pounds of food donations at Stuff the Bus events. This year, Stuff the Bus also collected coats for those in need, bringing in 64 coats.

RTD worked with local transit agencies, Lodi Grapeline, Manteca Transit, and Escalon eTrans, in a simultaneous countywide food drive to collect food for local nonprofit agencies, including the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton, the Salvation Army of Lodi, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Escalon CARE.

The Boy Scouts – Greater Yosemite Council participated in Stuff the Bus event in Stockton by dropping off food donations collected via the “Scouting for Food” program. The Boy Scouts went door-to-door on November 19 picking up nonperishable food donations, collecting over 3,400 pounds. Girl Scouts troops also participated by volunteering at Stuff the Bus locations.

Individually, each organization collected the following: 9,630 pounds (RTD); 6,088 pounds (Manteca Transit); 5,643 pounds (Lodi Grapeline); 3,420 pounds (Boy Scouts of America – Greater Yosemite Council); and 3,396 pounds (Escalon eTrans). Together, the food donations will provide over 22,500 meals!

Cumulus Broadcasting, Stockton Record, Food 4 Less, and Big Boy Market sponsored the events. KWIN/KWNN (97.7/98.3) promoted the campaign with live on-site broadcasts, promotional appearances, on-air interviews, and public service announcements. The Record promoted the food drive with event advertising. Food 4 Less stores in Lodi, Manteca, and on Hammer Lane in Stockton, along with Big Boy Market in Escalon, hosted the three-day event, with each store donating gift cards for raffles prizes. San Joaquin Delta College’s “Fierce” the Mustang mascot also provided on-site entertainment and outreach.

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Limited, demand-response bus service available on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. RTD administrative offices, RTD’s call center, and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will also be closed.

RTD’s contractor will operate a limited, demand-response service of only 15 one-way trips within the Stockton Metropolitan Area, available by reservation on a first-come, first- served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Reservations will be accepted between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from Thursday, November 17, through Tuesday, November 22, and will be limited to one round-trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

RTD will resume regular weekday service on Friday, November 25, however, only the Commuter Routes below will operate on their regular schedule that day:

  • Routes 150 and 163
  • Route 165 passengers can use Route 163

RTD’s administrative offices, RTD’s call center, and the DTC will reopen on Monday, November 28. For route and trip planning assistance during the holiday, please visit sanjoaquinrtd.com.

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Limited, demand-response bus service available on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. RTD administrative offices, RTD’s call center, and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will also be closed.

RTD’s contractor will operate a limited, demand-response service of only 15 one-way trips within the Stockton Metropolitan Area, available by reservation on a first-come, firstserved basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities. Reservations will be accepted between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from Thursday, November 17, through Tuesday, November 22, and will be limited to one round-trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

RTD will resume regular weekday service on Friday, November 25, however, only the Commuter Routes below will operate on their regular schedule that day:

  • Routes 150 and 163
  • Route 165 passengers can use Route 163

RTD’s administrative offices, RTD’s call center, and the DTC will reopen on Monday, November 28. For route and trip planning assistance during the holiday, please visit sanjoaquinrtd.com.

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RTD to offer free rides for Veterans and Service Members

On November 11, in honor of Veterans Day, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is proud to offer free rides to veterans and active-duty service members on all RTD routes. The free ride offer is valid on November 11 only and only for residents of San Joaquin County.

Participating passengers must identify themselves to RTD coach operators as veterans, including their branch and years of service. Veterans who are current Dial-A-Ride customers should also identify themselves as veterans when making their Dial-A-Ride reservation. For verification, veterans or active-duty service members should bring a state-issued ID and either a Form DD214, a Discount card from San Joaquin County Veterans Services, or a Military ID.

Please note, RTD administrative offices, including the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), will be closed for Veterans Day. Additionally, RTD will operate its weekend schedule for fixed- route bus services, and operate limited service for its interregional commuter routes.

The following fixed routes will operate on their Saturday/Sunday schedules:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Stockton Metro Area (SMA) Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Routes 723 and 797
  • SMA ADA Dial-A-Ride
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride

The following Commuter Routes will operate their regular schedules:

  • Routes 150, 152, 163, 164, 166, 172, and 173
  • Route 165 passengers can use Route 163

For route and schedule information, please contact the RTD Customer Information Line at (209) 943-1111 or use the Trip Planner on RTD’s website: www.sanjoaquinrtd.com.

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RTD to launch “Buses for Democracy” service on Election Day

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will operate a “Buses for Democracy,” free Election Day service on November 8. This first-of-its-kind service in California is open all day to all passengers on all of RTD’s Metro Routes, Intercity Fixed Routes, Hopper Routes, and Dial-A-Ride Service.

RTD has a long history of encouraging civic engagement via a multitude of programs and public service announcement campaigns. The agency also boasts a record of implementing innovative technologies and community programs. “Buses for Democracy” will join RTD’s commitment to civic engagement with its dedication to innovation and will provide access to polling places, while promoting public transit.

“We are very proud to play an integral role in getting people to work, school, shopping centers, and now their polling places,” said Donna DeMartino, Chief Executive Officer of RTD. “Helping provide transportation on Election Day is a win-win for our community because it helps voters exercise their right to vote and allows them to experience the impact and value of public transportation.”

“San Joaquin County recognizes the record growth in registered voters and applauds RTD for facilitating services to the citizens of San Joaquin County in order to make getting to the polls as easy as possible,” said Austin Erdman, San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters.

Under this service, passengers can freely board any of RTD’s Metro Routes and Intercity Fixed Routes. However, passengers seeking to use RTD’s Hopper routes or Dial-A-Ride Service will need to call (209) 955-8400 to make reservations by 5 pm on November 7.

Not all polling places may be served by a service route and Commuter routes are excluded from this Election Day service offer. Passengers can plan their trip with RTD’s Trip Planner at www.sanjoaquinrtd.com/mobile/mobiletp.php or contact the RTD Customer Information Center at (209) 943-1111.

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RTD to Hold Annual Fall Festival

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will hold its fourth Annual Fall Festival community event on Friday, October 28, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), 421 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton.

This community event features safe and family-friendly activities, including a haunted bus, carnival games, face painting, and a photo booth. Come enjoy unique science activities from the World of Wonders Science Museum and vehicles from the Stockton Police Department. Throughout the event, the Stockton Unified Mariachi and the Central Valley Youth Symphony will provide music and entertainment. There will also be food and treats for sale, as well as a Día de los Pasajeros (Day of the Passengers) area in recognition of the upcoming Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday featuring an exhibit from the Mexican Heritage Center.

Admission is free for children 12 and under, and $1.00 per teen or adult. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit United Way of San Joaquin County. Additionally, the first 500 children to visit five community tables at the event will receive a free reusable trick-or-treat tote filled with goodies, treats, and surprises. Costumes are encouraged!

RTD thanks KJOY, Bank of Stockton, Community Medical Centers, Siegfried Engineering, Downtown Stockton Alliance, Beattie & Aghazarian, and the Tracy Press for their sponsorship of the 2016 Fall Festival. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details, contact Marketing Manager Terry Williams at twilliams@sanjoaquinRTD.com or (209) 467-6695.

For updates and more information about the Fall Festival, visit http://bit.ly/RTDFallFest.

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RTD announces new Chief Operating Officer

an Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is pleased to announce that Thomas Drozt has joined the agency as Chief Operating Officer. In this new position, Drozt will oversee transportation, maintenance, and paratransit operations at RTD.

“We’re very excited to have Thomas Drozt join the RTD team,” said CEO Donna DeMartino. “With over 17 years of transit management and planning experience, he will play an integral role in shaping, innovating, and growing how RTD delivers transportation services to the San Joaquin County region.”

Drozt previously worked at the Maryland Transit Administration as Director of Bus Transportation. Prior to that, he held management and executive positions at Dunn Transportation, Xerox Corporation, MV Transportation, and Veolia Transportation. Drozt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Global Business Management with an emphasis on Leadership from Arizona State University.

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RTD awarded $8.2 million grant to replace aging buses

On Thursday, September 8, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will receive $8.2 million in a competitive grant to fund RTD’s Commuter Bus Replacement Project.

This project will replace outdated diesel fuel technology with newer, more efficient hybridbuses. The FTA grant will fund the purchase of 10 hybrid diesel-electric buses, which will not only sustain and enhance RTD’s San Joaquin Commuter service, but also preserve the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

RTD’s current 18-bus commuter fleet operates 11 weekday routes. These routes connect San Joaquin County commuters to employment centers in Sacramento and the Bay Area, including eight trips a day on the RTD-Bart Commuter route.

The grant funding for this project is part of FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Grants Program, which makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment.

“With an average daily ridership of 800 passengers, demand for our commuter routes remains high,” said RTD Chief Executive Officer Donna DeMartino. “This project and grant will help meet this demand and ensure that San Joaquin County residents have safe, reliable, and efficient transportation options for their daily commute.”

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GoFundMe campaign launched for Downtown Transit Center art

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has launched a GoFundMe campaign to crowdfund for an art installation at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC). The regional transit service provider has set a fundraising goal of $20,000 to commission a functional art piece that will help beautify the DTC’s central lobby and attract even more visitors to the transportation hub.

RTD provides over four million passenger trips a year and serves the entire community, including students, seniors, passengers with disabilities, commuters, and a high percentage of underprivileged residents. Most of RTD’s routes connect with the DTC, producing, on average, over 8,000 DTC visits a day. Thus, the DTC functions both as a major transit hub and as a meeting space for a wide cross-section of Stockton and San Joaquin County residents.

While the DTC is safe and clean, and preserves three historic exterior facades that help beautify Downtown Stockton, its central lobby is Spartan in design. A public art installation can be a tremendous source of joy and pride for both current DTC visitors and the community at large. As private and public efforts to revitalize Stockton’s downtown grow, the DTC and this promising installation can provide significant momentum toward making Stockton’s core a more vibrant and walkable community.

To learn more or to pledge to the campaign, please visit www.gofundme.com/RTDart

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Limited, demand-response bus service available on Labor Day

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. RTD administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will also be closed.

RTD’s contractor will operate a limited, demand-response service of only 15 one-way trips within the Stockton Metropolitan Area, available by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm from Friday, September 2, through Saturday, September 3, and will be limited to one round-trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen the DTC and its administrative offices on Tuesday, September 6.

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RTD to host community event for National Night Out

– On Tuesday, August 2, in honor of National Night Out 2016, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will host a free community event to promote crime prevention and safety awareness. The event will take place at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), 421 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

RTD will highlight bus safety measures, its role in the national Safe Place program, its participation in the “See Something, Say Something” campaign, and its partnership with the Stockton Police and Stockton Unified School District Police Departments. RTD will also provide information on how to ride the bus to other community National Night Out events.

Food, beverages, and children’s activities will be available. Neighboring downtown businesses, organizations, and vendors will also be invited to share information and activities with attendees.

About National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual crime prevention event that involves citizens, law enforcement, public agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials from over 16,000 across the nation. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood and community partnerships.

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Limited, demand-response bus service available on Independence Day

On Independence Day, Monday, July 4, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. Additionally, RTD administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip for RTD’s customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted through Thursday, June 30 at 5:00 pm. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. This service will be operated by RTD’s contractor.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, July 5.

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Regional Transportation Center wins Project Achievement Award

On Thursday, May 19, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) and its construction partner Arcadis U.S., Inc. received a Project Achievement Award for the San Joaquin Regional Transportation Center (RTC) project from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Northern California Chapter.

CMAA’s Project Achievement Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievements in the practice of construction management for public and private projects. Winning projects are selected based on outcomes, overall management, safety performance, quality management, cost management, schedule management, complexity, innovation and creativity, and client satisfaction.

The RTC, which was operational as of November 2015, was completed over $3 million under budget and three months ahead of schedule. Even prior to construction, RTD adopted a novel approach to reduce costs by using the pre-existing design plans of an Orange County Transportation Authority facility to save over $1 million in design costs. That foresight and RTD’s diligent work with Arcadis helped expedite planning and reduced overall costs.

The RTC replaced an aging, overcrowded facility originally designed for a fleet of only 50 buses, less than half of RTD’s current fleet of 133 buses. It consolidated transportation and maintenance functions into a centrally located, 136,000 square foot facility that will eventually house up to 250 buses – five times more than the old facility. Replete with modern and environmentally conscious features, like fuel and fluid monitoring systems, digital security systems, LED lighting, groundwater recharge swales, water recycling, and much more, the award-winning RTC is poised to make a lasting impact on RTD’s services and regional transportation in San Joaquin County.

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RTD to provide free shuttle service to Senior Awareness Day

On Thursday, May 26, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will provide free shuttle service to the 2016 Senior Awareness Day event at Micke Grove Park in Lodi. Senior Awareness Day is an annual senior information fair sponsored by the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency (HSA).

Shuttle buses will leave every half hour, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, from eastbound Yokuts Avenue, just east of Claremont Avenue, in Stockton. Returning buses will leave the park every half hour until 3:00 pm.

This annual event is open to seniors, caregivers, and family members, and features over 100 booths with valuable community resources. Attendees can enjoy the senior art show, classic cars while satisfying their appetites with a variety of food vendor options. Additional activities include live entertainment, a wellness walk through Micke Grove, bingo, free health screenings, Medicare information, and much more.

For more event information, call HSA at (209) 468-1104 or visit www.sjseniorday.org.

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Limited, demand-response bus service available on Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, March 27, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed routes bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) or Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way trip for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way trip for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted until Thursday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. This service is being operated by RTD’s contractor.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center on Monday, March 28.

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RTD to Provide Free Rides for Displaced ACE Riders

In light of ACE service cancellations, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will offer ACE train riders free rides on RTD Commuter bus routes today, Tuesday, March 8, and tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9.

Participating ACE riders can show an ACE ticket when boarding RTD’s Commuter buses. RTD operates eight different Commuter routes to Sacramento and the Bay Area. The RTD-BART Commuter service operates eight trips every weekday and travels from Stockton, Lathrop, Manteca, and Tracy to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station.

For schedules and other information regarding RTD Commuter routes, please visit the RTD San Joaquin Commuter webpage sanjoaquinRTD.com/commuter or call (888) 802-WORK (9675).

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RTD to operate weekend schedule on President’s Day

On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will operate its Saturday/Sunday schedule and close its administrative offices and Downtown Transit Center (DTC).

RTD’s Saturday/Sunday service is as follows:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Weekend Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Fixed Routes 723 and 797
  • Stockton Metropolitan Area American Disability Act Dial-A-Ride (SMA ADA DAR)
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride (GP DAR)

The following interregional commuter routes will operate on their regular schedules:

  • RTD-BART Commuter (Route 150)
  • Routes 163*, 164, 166, 172, and 173
    * Route 165 passengers may use the Route 163.

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, February 16.

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RTD General Manager/CEO selected as WTS Woman of the Year

The Sacramento Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) has selected San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino as its Woman of the Year award recipient.

WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. The Woman of the Year award recognizes leadership in transportation and contributions toward the advancement of women and minorities in transportation. The award will be presented as part of WTS-Sacramento’s Annual Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, January 20, in Sacramento.

DeMartino, a single mother of six who began her nearly 30-year transit career as a parttimecoach operator, was appointed RTD’s first female General Manager/CEO in 2001. Under her leadership, RTD has established a Bus Rapid Transit system, adopted new hybrid and electric bus technologies, and completed significant transit improvements and infrastructure investments, including the Downtown Transit Center, Mall Transfer Station, Hammer Triangle Station, and the Regional Transportation Center. Together, these milestones and innovations have strengthened RTD’s service and helped build bridges to community partners throughout Stockton and the greater San Joaquin County area.

Additionally, while the transit industry’s average percentage of women employees is only20%, thanks to DeMartino’s management and support, 51% of RTD’s entire workforce and 48% of its professional, managerial, and executive staff are women.

“I got teary-eyed when I heard the news of my selection,” said DeMartino. “RTD has received many national and local awards and to personally receive this kind of recognition for the work I love and am proud to do is just very humbling. It encourages me to continue RTD’s efforts to support and create opportunities for our employees and our community.”

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RTD to Operate Saturday/Sunday Schedule on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will operate its Saturday/Sunday schedule and close its administrative offices and Downtown Transit Center (DTC).

RTD’s Saturday/Sunday service is as follows:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Weekend Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Fixed Routes 723 and 797
  • Stockton Metropolitan Area American Disability Act Dial-A-Ride (SMA ADA DAR)
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride (GP DAR)

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, January 19.

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RTD Expands Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy

On November 13, 2015, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) Board of Directors approved the adoption of a new Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy. This policy is effective as of January 1, 2016.

The policy, which applies to all persons on RTD property, expands RTD’s smoking ban to the use of all smoke and tobacco-related products in RTD interior and exterior areas, this includes at or within 20 feet of all transit facilities and bus stops, as well as on or within 20 feet of all transit buses and vehicles used, owned, or operated by RTD.

“RTD is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our employees, our customers, and our community,” said Donna DeMartino, General Manager/CEO of RTD. “The Smoke and Tobacco-Free Policy supports this commitment by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco waste products.”

According to the California Tobacco Control Program (TobaccoFreeCA), tobacco products negatively impact users, others around them, and the environment. Individuals seeking free resources to help quit smoking can call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887).

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

On Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip for RTD’s guests. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Wednesday, December 16, until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. This service is being operated by RTD’s contractor.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service on Saturday, December 26 and Saturday, January 2. Administrative offices and the DTC will be open Monday, December 28 through December 31 and will reopen again on Monday, January 4.

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RTD Hires New Customer Relations Manager

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is pleased to announce the addition of Moorea Warren to its management team, as Customer Relations Manager.

Warren previously worked as Director of Communications for the Lodi District Chamber of Commerce. She has over 20 years of publicity, promotions, outreach, and marketing experience with touring theatrical productions, non-profit organizations, and public healthcare outreach. Warren holds a B.S. in Journalism with a minor in Public Relations from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Arthritis Foundation’s Greater Sacramento and Central Valley Branch and is the past chair of the foundation’s Leadership Council, Pacific Region. Warren also volunteers for the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue Organization.

“RTD continues to invest in its services and its employees,” said Donna DeMartino, General Manager/CEO of San Joaquin RTD. “We provide 4.5 million trips every year and over 17,000 trips every weekday. We are confident that this new addition will ensure our customers continue to receive improved service on every one of those trips.”

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Multi-Agency “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive Collects Over 41,000 Pounds of Food!

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San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) and its partners collected over 41,000 lbs. of food at the 17th Annual Stuff the Bus food drive on November 20-22. This year, the events collected 676 turkeys for local food banks – more than any past Stuff the Bus event. Since 1999, RTD and its partners have raised over 287,000 pounds of food donations at Stuff the Bus events.

RTD worked with local transit agencies, Lodi Grapeline, Manteca Transit, and Escalon eTrans, in a simultaneous countywide food drive to collect food for local nonprofit agencies. Those agencies include Emergency Food Bank of Stockton, Salvation Army of Lodi, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Escalon CARE.

The Boy Scouts - Greater Yosemite Council participated in Stuff the Bus events in Stockton and Lodi by dropping off food donations collected through the “Scouting for Food” program. Throughout the county, Scouts went door-to-door on November 21 picking up nonperishable food donations. The Boy Scouts picked up over 16,000 lbs. in Stockton, Lodi, and Galt alone.

Individually, each organization collected: 11,351 lbs. (RTD); 4,690 lbs. (Lodi Grapeline); 16,240 lbs. (Boy Scouts of America – Greater Yosemite Council); 6,906 lbs. (Manteca Transit); and 2,119 lbs. (Escalon eTrans). Together, the food donations will provide over 33,000 meals!

Cumulus Broadcasting, Stockton Record, Food 4 Less, and Big Boy Market sponsored the events. KWIN/KWNN (97.7/98.3) promoted the campaign with live on-site broadcasts, promotional appearances, on-air interviews, and public service announcements. The Record promoted the food drive with event advertising in The Stockton Record, Recordnet.com, and Vida en la Valle Magazine. Food 4 Less stores in Lodi, Manteca, and on Hammer Lane in Stockton, along with Big Boy Market in Escalon, hosted the three-day event. Each store donated gift cards for raffles prizes.

In addition to thanking campaign sponsors for their continued support, RTD would like to give special thanks to the organizations and people who helped make this year’s food drive a success:

  • Lodi Grapeline, Manteca Transit, and Escalon eTrans
  • Boy Scouts of America – Greater Yosemite Council
  • KWIN and KJOY staff, and their generous listeners
  • Emergency Food Bank of Stockton, Salvation Army of Lodi, Second Harvest Food Bank of Manteca, and Escalon CARE staff and volunteers for their support
  • All the Stuff the Bus participants, event volunteers and staff

RTD is proud to serve our community through the annual Stuff the Bus food drive and to lead a group of local agencies that, by working together, are able to benefit so many local residents in need this holiday season.

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RTD to Offer Discounted Fare and Merchandise for Black Friday Sale

Bus passengers and enthusiasts are in for a special treat for the holiday season. For the first time ever, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will offer discounts on passes and other merchandise during a Black Friday Sale, beginning before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 25 and ending Monday, November 30.

Customers can use the passes and goods to spread the cheer and benefits of public transit for the holidays. The passes will come in a special holiday sleeve for stocking stuffers or holiday gifts. Discounts include 25% off RTD passes, including commuter single-ride passes and Dial-a Ride. RTD will also sell RTD-themed promotional goods, including hats, t-shirts, neckties, Hawaiian shirts, and other items at a 50% discount.

To take advantage of the discount, customers should visit the RTD Customer Service Center at the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), 421 W. Weber Avenue, Stockton. Discounted passes will only be sold at this location from 8 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, November 25 and Monday, November 30. Guests will be asked to provide their contact information and a valid identification showing address when purchasing discounted passes. Passes are limited to 5 per household.

For more information about RTD’s Black Friday Sale, please call (209) 943-1111 or visit www.sanjoaquinrtd.com/BlackFriday.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, San Joaquin RegionalTransit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown TransitCenter (DTC) and will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip for RTD’s guests. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Thursday, November 19, until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD is not operating this service. RTD’s contractor is operating it.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service on Friday, November 27, and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Monday, November 30.

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San Joaquin RTD Leads Multi-Agency Stuff the Bus Food Drive

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will hold its 17th Annual Stuff the Bus food drive Friday, November 20, through Sunday, November 22. RTD will once again lead a countywide effort, joined by the Greater Yosemite Council Boy Scouts and transit agencies in Lodi, Manteca, and Escalon to collect food for the following nonprofit agencies in their respective communities: Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Escalon CARE. The food collected will feed thousands of San Joaquin County residents this holiday season.

RTD began Stuff the Bus in 1999 as a food drive campaign that encourages area residents to “stuff” an RTD bus with food donations to benefit local nonprofit agencies. Agencies will also accept turkey and meat donations for families to use for holiday dinners. Over the past 17 years, RTD and its campaign partners have collected over 245,000 pounds of food to help those in need during the holiday season.

For the third year in a row, Boy Scouts – Greater Yosemite Council will participate in Stuff the Bus through the Scouting for Food Program. On November 14, the Scouts will begin placing door hangers requesting nonperishable food items. The Scouts will return to collect the food on November 21 and drop the donations off at Stuff the Bus locations. Last year, the Scouts collected 15,474 pounds of food to drop off at Stuff the Bus events.

Stuff the Bus will be held at four locations this year: Food 4 Less stores on Hammer Lane in Stockton, in Lodi, and in Manteca; and Big Boy Market in Escalon. Participants can register to win raffle prizes at Food 4 Less locations in Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca. Event participants at the Escalon location will receive 10% off any food purchased at Big Boy Market.

The Stockton Food 4 Less on Hammer Lane will accept donations Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Lodi Food 4 Less will accept donations Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The Manteca Food 4 Less will accept donations Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Big Boy Market in Escalon will accept donations Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. On Friday, November 20, KWIN DJs and the KWIN Party Patrol will broadcast live at all events throughout the day.

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San Joaquin RTD to Offer Free Rides for Veterans and Service Members

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is proud to offer free rides to veterans and active-duty service members on all RTD routes.

For veterans to ride free on fixed route services, they must identify themselves to RTD coach operators as veterans, including their branch and years of service. Veterans who are current Dial-A-Ride customers (those who have previously applied and been approved for Dial-A-Ride service) should also identify themselves as veterans when making their Dial-A-Ride reservation. For verification, veterans or active-duty service members should bring a state-issued ID and either a Form DD214, a Discount card from San Joaquin County Veterans Services, or a Military ID. The free ride offer is valid on November 11 only and only for residents of San Joaquin County.

For route and schedule information: RTD Customer Information Line, (209) 943-1111 or 1-800-HOW-TO-RIDE (1-800-469-8674). For trip planning assistance, check out the Google Trip Planner feature on RTD’s website.

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San Joaquin RTD Will Operate Weekend Service on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) administrative offices, including the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), will be closed. RTD will operate its weekend schedule for fixed-route bus services, and operate limited service for its interregional commuter routes.

The following fixed routes will operate on their Saturday/Sunday schedules:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Stockton Metro Area (SMA) Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Routes 723 and 797
  • SMA ADA Dial-A-Ride
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride

The following Commuter Routes will operate their regular schedules:

  • Routes 150, 152, 163, 164, 165*, 166, 172, and 173

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Thursday, November 12.

* Route 165 passengers can use Route 163.

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San Joaquin RTD Unveils New Bus Wrap at Breast Cancer Awareness Event

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San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) unveiled a new Breast Cancer Awareness Bus at an event hosted by the agency on Thursday, October 29. Fully wrapped in bright hot pink and polka dots, the bus includes the slogan “The Best Protection is Early Detection” along its side. The bus, also known as “The Pink Bus” includes information about the bus’s exclusive sponsor, Kaiser Permanente Central Valley. The Pink Bus will travel throughout RTD’s Stockton Metropolitan routes. RTD’s Employee of the Year, Gabe Quintero, drove the bus into the event for its debut.

Approximately fifty guests gathered at the RTD’s Downtown Transit Center to hear speakers and presentations before RTD’s new bus made its grand entrance. University of the Pacific Tiger Dancers opened the event with an exciting dance routine. Speakers at the event included RTD Director Gary Giovanetti, RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino, and representatives from Kaiser Permanente Central Velley, including Senior Vice Present Deborah Friberg, Physician Chief Dr. Sanjay Marwaha, and Physician Leader of Cancer Care Megumi Tomita. The speeches concluded with a powerful presentation by Mary Anne King, a breast cancer survivor. Each speaker addressed the crowd regarding the importance of early prevention and awareness of breast cancer.

“RTD’s goal by creating the Pink Bus is to spread awareness about Breast Cancer,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “We hope that the presence of this bus will encourage people to take a moment to call their doctors, and get checked for this disease. The best protection is early detection. Each time we see the Pink Bus, it’s a reminder of the importance of preventative medicine, early detection, and the RTD vision for a cure.”

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San Joaquin RTD to Hold Public Hearings in November

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has scheduled six (6) public hearings in November to invite public comments on any unmet public transportation needs. RTD staff will hold public hearings at each of the following locations and times:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
5:30 p.m.

 

Manteca Transit Center
220 Moffat Boulevard
Manteca, CA 95336

Served by Route 91

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
12:00 p.m.
  San Joaquin RTD
Downtown Transit Center – Boardroom
421 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, CA 95202

Served by Routes 4, 5, 7, 23, 40, 44, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61, 70, 76, 77, 80, 83, 90, 91, 93, and 97. Connections possible from all other RTD routes by transferring at the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS) and the Mall Transfer Station (MTS).

Thursday, November 5, 2015
5:00 p.m.
  Lodi Public Library
201 W. Locust Street
Lodi, CA 95240

Served by Routes 23 and 93

Monday, November 9, 2015
5:30 p.m.
  Tracy Transit Station
50 E. 6th Street
Tracy, CA 95376

Served by Route 97
Connections possible via Route 90 and Tracy Tracer

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
5:30 p.m.
  San Joaquin RTD
Downtown Transit Center – Boardroom
421 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, CA 95202

Served by Routes 4, 5, 7, 23, 40, 44, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61, 70, 76, 77, 80, 83, 90, 91, 93, and 97. Connections possible from all other RTD routes by transferring at the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS) and the Mall Transfer Station (MTS).

Friday, November 13, 2015
10:00 a.m.
  San Joaquin RTD Board of Directors
Downtown Transit Center – Boardroom
421 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, CA 95202

Served by Routes 4, 5, 7, 23, 40, 44, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61, 70, 76, 77, 80, 83, 90, 91, 93, and 97. Connections possible from all other RTD routes by transferring at the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS) and the Mall Transfer Station (MTS).

All persons submitting comments should include their name and contact information. Persons who are unable to attend these public hearings are encouraged to register their comments by e-mail at comments@sanjoaquinRTD.com; phone at (209) 467-6639; fax at (209) 948-8516; in person at the Downtown Transit Center, 421 E. Weber Ave., Stockton, CA; or mail to San Joaquin RTD Service Development Department, P.O. Box 201010, Stockton, CA, 95201. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015, to be incorporated into the public hearing records.

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San Joaquin RTD Celebrates Regional Transportation Center Grand Opening

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Last Thursday, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) celebrated the grand opening of its new, $51.1 million Regional Transportation Center (RTC). The RTC will dramatically improve transit in San Joaquin County by consolidating RTD’s operations and maintenance functions. It replaces an aging, overcrowded facility originally designed for a fleet of only 50 buses, less than half of RTD’s current fleet.

“RTD continues to plan for the future of regional transportation by making strategic investments today,” said Donna DeMartino, General Manager/CEO of San Joaquin RTD. “With modern features throughout and lots of room to grow, the RTC will provide the necessary capacity to meet San Joaquin County’s growing transit service needs.”

The RTC provides over 136,000 square feet of building space on a 10-acre lot. It is equipped with digital camera security systems, proximity badge access controls, computerized lighting and air conditioning, and networked monitoring systems, including fuel and fluid monitoring systems for bus maintenance operations.

The RTC also incorporates design elements that honor RTD’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Not only will consolidated facility functions reduce trip times and emissions, LED lighting in the RTC shop will reduce electrical use. Moreover, by incorporating swales to recharge groundwater and by recapturing, recycling, and reusing 97% of the water used by the bus wash station, RTD is doing its part to conserve water during this drought.

Completed under budget and three months early, the RTC is creating over 900 direct and indirect jobs. Lead contractor McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. used a design-build project delivery method and embraced RTD’ s mission to employ and subcontract to regional businesses and residents of San Joaquin County.

The construction of the RTC was funded by $17 million in federal funding, over $11 million in State Prop 1B funding, and over $22 million in local funding, including $16 million in Measure K funds. Operations at the RTC are scheduled to begin in November 2015.

 

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San Joaquin RTD Announces New Management Team Hires

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is pleased to announce the addition of two new employees to its management team.

Teresa Evans joins RTD as Executive and Board Support Manager. Evans previously worked for Shaw / Yoder / Antwih, Inc. (SYAI), where she was responsible for board support and event management for the California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation (CCWC) and the California Transit Association (CTA). Prior to SYAI, Evans was an Executive Assistant at both private organizations and public agencies, including the Sacramento Bee and the City of Elk Grove. Evans holds a B.S. in Business Administration and brings over 20 years of experience as an administrative professional to RTD.

Max Vargas joins RTD as Communications and External Relations Manager. As former Deputy District Director for State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Vargas brings years of legislative experience to RTD. Prior to the State Senate, Vargas worked for the Assembly and San Joaquin County WorkNet. Vargas serves on the Stockton Charter Review Advisory Commission, sits on the University of the Pacific Alumni Association Board, and is one of Lifestyle Magazine’s “More than 40 under 40.” Vargas holds a B.A. in Political Science and is pursuing his J.D. at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

“RTD continues to invest in its services and its employees,” said Donna DeMartino, General Manager/CEO of San Joaquin RTD. “We’re confident that these new additions will be important assets for RTD and the customers we serve.”

 

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Labor Day

On Monday, September 7, in honor of the Labor Day holiday, San Joaquin Regional Transit Distict (RTD) will not operate its regular fixed-route bus service (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride service. RTD’s administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip for RTD’s guests. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities. The service will operate countywide from 7:15am to 5:00pm.

Reservations will be accepted during office hours beginning Monday, August 31, through Friday, September 4. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD’s contractor is operating this service.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, September 8.

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San Joaquin RTD Launches Books on Buses Program

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is supporting countywide literacy efforts with the introduction of a new program, Books on Buses. Beginning on August 21, selected RTD Stockton Metropolitan Area (Metro) buses will offer free children’s books for young riders. The books are available for the reader’s use on the bus or at home. Children can return the books to any RTD Metro bus, or at a branch of the Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library (SSCJPL).

“RTD is proud to contribute to the collective effort to increase literacy in our community,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “Books on Buses is an innovative program aimed at targeting a captive audience, the young riders on our buses. We hope that this will not only add another positive element to their ride, but also help them by promoting the indispensable skill of reading. It’s cool to ride the bus, but it’s also cool to READ on the bus!”

RTD will launch the Books on Buses at a community event for children on Friday, August 21 at 1 p.m. at RTD’s Downtown Transit Center (DTC), 421 E. Weber Ave. Stockton. The event features a story time and crafts in a fun-filled program. Books will be read by Suzy Davuley, Director of the Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library, Zenet Negron representing Assemblymember Susan Eggman, and RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. The event ends with a musical bus ride to the Cesar Chavez Library before returning to the DTC. The event is made possible with RTD’s partnership with SSJCPL. Other program supporters include University of the Pacific and Health Plan of San Joaquin.

In partnership with RTD, Health Plan of San Joaquin will also conduct a “Books on Buses Book Drive” on August 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7751 S. Manthey Rd., French Camp. At the book drive, Health Plan of San Joaquin employees and the community are invited to fill an RTD bus with books throughout the day. Books received will benefit RTD’s Books on Buses Program.

RTD continues to welcome sponsors for this effort. For sponsorship or donation information, please contact RTD Strategic Affairs Specialist Tara Gallegos at tgallegos@sanjoaquinrtd.com. For more information about the program, please visit sanjoaquinrtd.com/books or call (209) 943-1111.

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San Joaquin RTD Awarded $6.8 Million for New BRT Corridors

(Stockton, CA) - On Tuesday, June 30, the California State Transportation Agency announced that San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will receive $6.8 million in a competitive grant to complete the funding needed to implement two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes along the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Corridor and Crosstown Miner Corridor in Stockton. RTD’s project is one of only 14 projects selected, totaling over $224 million, that will be funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund using proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions.

The MLK Corridor and Crosstown Miner Corridor projects will provide the infrastructure and buses needed to expand RTD’s BRT system, branded as Metro Express. In line with RTD’s efforts to build a better transportation system, this new service will greatly improve the efficiency, connectivity, and convenience of bus service in the project area. The service will include limited stops with high-frequency service. Passenger shelters, benches, off-board fare vending machines, and other passenger amenities will be constructed at each stop. The new routes combined will span over 10 miles of roadway in the downtown and south Stockton areas. These areas include communities with extraordinary economic challenges that have been targeted for revitalization by the City of Stockton.

The grant funding is part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, implemented by the California State Transportation Authority in coordination with the California Air Resources Board. This newly created competitive grant is for the purpose of supporting high-quality public transportation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions causing worldwide climate change. The program includes a particular focus on addressing the transportation needs of disadvantaged communities that are disproportionally affected by economic and environmental challenges.

“RTD is excited to proceed with its plans to expand its BRT service to Stockton communities that will greatly benefit from faster and more convenient transportation to work, school, shops, and more,” said RTD’s General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “This project will build upon RTD’s existing and highly successful BRT network of three routes that serve the Pacific, Airport, and Hammer corridors. The project is a product of RTD’s mission to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region.”

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San Joaquin RTD Wins National and Local Awards

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) recently received several national and local awards.

The Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA) announced RTD as a recipient of three 2015 Compass Awards. The awards program recognizes marketing and sales best practices by transportation companies demonstrating effective execution and measurable results. RTD received three 2015 Compass Awards of Merit for the following programs: the RTD Fall Festival (Event category), the Patriot Recognition Campaign (Integrated Marketing Category), and RTD’s 50th Anniversary Video (Single Advertising Campaign). RTD competed against 80 entries from 35 other companies and agencies for these awards.

RTD was selected as a recipient of a 2015 Gold Achievement in the American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Program. The Fit-Friendly program annually recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce recognized RTD as the 2015 FRESH Employer of the Year. FRESH stands for Fitness Rejuvenates Employee Sustainability & Health (FRESH) and is a Chamber program that encourages not only physical fitness but the fiscal fitness of local Stockton Businesses. RTD is the first ever recipient of this award. RTD encourages an organizational culture “obsessed with wellness.” In 2012, RTD launched an enhanced Employee Wellness Program. The mission of the program is to improve the health and well-being of RTD employees and their families through activities that support positive lifestyle changes and management of chronic conditions. Through this program, RTD promotes employee health, increases productivity, promotes a safe working environment, and avoids unnecessary health care costs.

“We wanted to create a culture obsessed with safety, and a culture obsessed with wellness,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “I’m really proud for RTD to be recognized in this way.”

For more information, visit www.sanjoaquinrtd.com/innovations.

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San Joaquin RTD Marks 50 Years of Service with Community Celebration

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in grand style with a free community event at Stockton’s Banner Island Ballpark on Saturday, June 6. RTD entertained roughly 1,500 guests with live music, a historical exhibit, family-friendly activities, and a fireworks show. Families enjoyed a children’s area with clowns, inflatables, carnival games, and face painting. Speakers at the event included Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, Gary Prost representing Congressman Jerry McNerney, and Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.

“The importance of public transit in our lives is only going to grow,” said Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman. “It is a key to reaching so many of our goals: mitigating climate change, reducing both emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, and building sustainable communities. It is the future, and San Joaquin RTD has done a great job providing for the needs of the here and now while leading the way forward.”

At the event, RTD premiered a fully-wrapped gold bus showcasing RTD’s history, innovations, and a special edition 50th Anniversary logo. RTD also displayed the various types of buses in its fleet, including a zero-emission electric bus, a fully-wrapped Veterans Bus, a BRT Metro Express Bus, its “Hopper” bus, and a 60-foot articulated bus. The event featured a historical photo exhibit with information about San Joaquin County’s first 50 years of public transportation through RTD. RTD also premiered its 50th Anniversary Photobook, which will be distributed to local agencies, elected officials, and libraries.

The four-hour event included performances by local bands including the Mike Torres Band, Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players, the Souls of the Rising Sun, the Valley Community Orchestra, and the Stockton Singers. Singer/songwriter Peter Hackett and Lisa Gallego debuted RTD’s new theme song, “It’s Cool to Ride the Bus.” Following a performance by local Polynesian dancers and Tahitian fire dancer Richard Mendoza, the event concluded with a dazzling display of fireworks.

Through the generosity of its 26 event sponsors, RTD was able to offer this event free to the community. Instead of charging for admission, RTD encouraged event guests to bring school supply donations for the benefit of King Elementary School. RTD distributed these supplies at a special outreach event for two 4th grade classes on June 17.

“Fifty years in service is a momentous achievement for RTD,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “We are constantly striving to innovate, to create, and to push public transportation forward. It is a large part of what makes RTD special. And what’s more special is that this is still only the beginning. We look forward with excitement to the future of RTD and public transit.”

To view a highlight video and photos from the 50th Anniversary Event and get more information, visit www.sanjoaquinrtd.com/50th.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Independence Day

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. However, RTD will maintain regular fixed-route bus service and Dial-A-Ride service for this day.

On Saturday, July 4, in honor of the Independence Day holiday, RTD will not operate its regular fixed-route bus service (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride service. A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $5 per one-way trip for RTD’s guests. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted during office hours beginning Saturday, June 27, through Thursday, July 2. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservation, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD’s contractor is operating this service.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service on Sunday, July 5, and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Monday, July 6.

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San Joaquin RTD to Celebrate 50 Years of Service at Community Event

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), formerly known as Stockton Metropolitan Transit District, proudly celebrates its 50 years of service in June 2015. To commemorate this important milestone and to honor the community for its support, RTD invites the public to its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Stockton Ballpark, 404 West Fremont Street in Stockton.

This family-friendly event includes live musical performances, children’s entertainment, an exhibition of RTD’s history, and a fireworks show. Admission to the event is free with a donation of school supplies or by showing an RTD bus pass at the door. As another way of thanking its customers for its support, RTD offers free bus rides on the day of the event.

RTD’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is an alcohol-free event. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. Food will be available for sale from The Stockton Ports. Limited edition RTD commemorative items will also be available for sale. Guests are encouraged to bring new book donations and school supplies to “Stuff the Bus” for Stockton Unified School District and RTD’s upcoming Books on Buses program.

“50 years of service to our community is a major milestone and a great achievement,” said Donna DeMartino, RTD’s General Manager/CEO. “We want to thank the residents of San Joaquin County and show them the many reasons why it’s cool to ride the bus.”

Ride RTD’s Metro Express buses to the celebration free of charge! There will be additional and extended service on Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44 during the event. Route 40 will add a stop close to the ballpark for the evening. RTD’s guests may use the San Joaquin Delta College Cunningham (C) parking lots free of charge.

RTD would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible: Gold Level Sponsors - Hanson Bridgett, LLP and Preferred Alliance, Inc.; Silver Level Sponsors - Al Warren Hoslett, Attorney at Law, American Logistics Company, LLC., Gillig, Pennino Management Group, Proterra, Transtrack Systems, Inc., Golden Bear Insurance, Delta College, and MV Transportation; and its Bronze Sponsors – 4 Leaf, Diede Construction, Inc., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Mayall Hurley Knutsen, Never Boring Design and Associates, Nova Bus, Palmer Kanzanjian, LLP, Paratransit, Inc., Parker and Associates, Siegfried Engineering, Inc., Miyamoto International, Gannet Fleming, Cort Companies, and Beattie & Aghazarian, LLP.

Visit www.sanjoaquinrtd.com/50th or call (888) 802-WORK (9675) to learn more about this very special event.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Memorial Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Monday, May 25, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC); and will not operate its regular fixed routes bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Thursday, May 14, until 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD is not operating this service. RTD’s contractor is operating it.

RTD regularly scheduled service will resume and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, May 26.

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San Joaquin RTD Hosts National Stand Up for Transportation Day Event

(Stockton, CA) – On April 9, San Joaquin Regional Transportation District (RTD) is standing alongside transportation advocates throughout the United States, including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), for National Stand Up for Transportation Day. RTD invites the public to participate at two public transportation events, at the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS) and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. RTD has also invited public officials to take part in a private event.

The federal law that governs the nation’s transportation infrastructure program has expired. The nation needs a new long-term bill to provide the funding stability to support existing and future transportation projects. Stand Up for Transportation Day addresses the urgent need for a long-term transportation bill. RTD and hundreds of transportation agencies across the country are coming together on April 9 to advocate for a long-term, sustainable, and reliable transportation funding bill.

RTD’s Stand Up for Transportation Day includes several components:

  • The public transportation appreciation events at the HTS (Hammer and Lower Sacramento Rd., Stockton) and the DTC (421 E. Weber Ave., Stockton), which include a distribution of complimentary “Stand Up for Transportation” wristbands and appearances by local bands.
  • A private bus tour for elected officials from the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, and representatives of Sen. Kathleen Galgiani, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Jeff Denham, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, and Assemblymember Kirstin Olsen. This portion of the event will encourage officials to advocate for transportation funding at the local, state, and federal levels. The tour will highlight projects in San Joaquin County, including RTD’s upcoming Regional Transportation Center, the Metro Express routes and downtown transportation projects such as the DTC and Cabral Station.

“Infrastructure funding is vital to San Joaquin County,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “In ten years we have witnessed vast improvements to local transportation services, with investments such as RTD’s Downtown Transit Center, Mall Transfer Station, and Hammer Triangle Station. This benefits the private and the public sector by creating jobs, connecting businesses to customers, and spurring economic development. With investment, we improved our fleet by adopting environmentally-friendly hybrid electric diesels, high-capacity articulated buses, and zero-emission electric buses. It is important for Congress to take action now by passing a long-term federal funding bill that will support the existing and future transit services that this community needs.”

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Easter Sunday

(Stockton, CA) – On Easter Sunday, April 5, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and will not operate its regular fixed routes bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, March 31, until 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 3. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD is not operating this service. RTD’s contractor is operating it.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service* and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Monday, April 6.

* Commuter Route 152 will resume regular scheduled service on Tuesday, April 7.

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RTD Introduces Transit Ambassadors Pilot Program

(Stockton, CA) – As part of its commitment to extraordinary customer service, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) introduces its Transit Ambassadors Pilot Program. RTD’s Transit Ambassadors are 10 new customer service representatives who will assist RTD’s customers and promote a safe, clean environment on RTD’s buses and facilities.

Beginning Monday, February 17, the Transit Ambassadors will be out in the public, assisting RTD’s customers with trip planning, schedule information, and related questions. Identifiable by branded, safety-yellow polos or jackets, they will be available seven days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Transit Ambassadors will provide customer assistance at RTD’s three main transfer stations (The Hammer Triangle Station, Mall Transfer Station, and the Downtown Transit Center), on the bus, and at various bus stops throughout RTD’s system. The Transit Ambassadors will also monitor RTD’s bus stops and work with RTD staff to maintain the general appearance of RTD’s customer amenities.

For more information about RTD’s customer service, you may call (209) 943-1111 or visit the Downtown Transit Center.

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San Joaquin RTD to Operate Weekend Schedule on Presidents’ Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed. RTD will operate its weekend schedule for fixed-route bus service and operate limited service for its interregional commuter routes. The following routes will operate on their weekend schedules:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Weekend Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Fixed Routes 723 and 797
  • Stockton Metropolitan Area ADA Dial-A-Ride (SMA ADA DAR)
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride (GP DAR)

The following interregional commuter routes will operate on their regular schedules:

  • RTD-BART Commuter (Route 150)
  • Routes 163, 164, 166, 172, and 173

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, February 17.

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San Joaquin RTD Receives FTA Funding for Electric Buses

(Stockton, CA) – On February 5, the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) announced that San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) was awarded a $4.7 million competitive grant to fund the expansion of its electric bus fleet. RTD is one of ten agencies that will receive a share of $55 million in funding through FTA’s Low and No Emission Vehicle Deployment (LoNo) Program. RTD’s grant award will fund the purchase of five 40-foot Proterra Catalyst™ battery-electric buses and an additional Proterra fast-charging station. RTD anticipates the charging station installation and bus delivery by the summer of 2016.

RTD launched its electric bus demonstration program in 2013 with the deployment of two fast-charge zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) Proterra buses through a $2.56 million grant from the California Energy Commission. RTD was the first transit agency in Northern California, and only the fourth in the nation, to operate fully-electric buses.

The 40-foot long buses are made of lightweight composite materials and are powered with state of the art battery technology. As a result, the buses have zero emissions, run virtually silent, and are 500 percent more fuel efficient than diesel buses, saving almost 520,000 gallons of diesel fuel in the lifetime of the vehicle. The buses’ fuel savings and increased capacity reinforce RTD’s commitment to operational efficiency.

The LoNo program is newly established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, and focuses on deploying the cleanest and most energy-efficient transit buses manufactured in the U.S. Like the current 35-foot electric buses, the new buses will charge in less than 10 minutes and will serve the community with clean electric-powered bus service.

Donna DeMartino, General Manager/CEO at RTD says, “We are proud to be a part of the national efforts to provide environmentally friendly and sustainable transportation delivery options through our electric bus demonstration project right here in Stockton, CA. This project is consistent with RTD’s core values and strategic initiatives and is another positive example of how RTD leverages new technology to protect the environment and save costs at the same time.”

For more information about RTD's electric bus fleet, please visit www.sanjoaquinRTD.com/electricbus.

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San Joaquin RTD Receives Employer of the Year Award

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has been named the Employer of the Year by the WTS Sacramento Chapter. The award honors an organization for recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the transportation industry. WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the advancement of women. WTS stands for Women's Transportation Seminar, which was how it was named when founded in 1977, a time when women couldn't get subsidized for association memberships unless they were educational.

WTS Sacramento cited RTD’s diversity and success in recruiting and developing women across the organization as one of the reasons for being selected to receive this award. While the transit industry’s average percentage of women employees is only 20%, more than half (52%) of RTD’s total workforce is comprised of women. Exemplifying its advancement of women in the organization’s leadership, women hold the top two executive level positions at RTD. Fifty percent of RTD’s workforce in the professional, middle manager and executive official classifications combined are women. RTD also provides career development opportunities to its employees through industry and job-specific trainings and a tuition reimbursement program.

RTD’s General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino states, “RTD’s Strategic Plan puts employees as the first priority, because we believe the best way to serve our customers is through employees who are competent, trained, and supported by RTD. We are proud to be an agency that promotes diversity and tries very hard to provide a level playing field for both men and women. Success at RTD is determined by the passion and performance individuals bring to that playing field. I thank all the talented, hard-working, and dedicated men and women at RTD who made this award possible. The work that we do at RTD is deeply rooted in our mission of providing a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation for our customers and our community.”

RTD received the award at the WTS Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento on January 22. As the chapter winner, RTD’s nomination will be forwarded to the WTS International office for consideration for the International Award.

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RTD to Implement New Schedules on January 25

(Stockton, CA) – On Sunday, January 25, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will implement new schedules for many of its routes. Most changes are minor timetable and/or map changes to improve on-time performance, provide better connections, and increase ridership. The most notable changes are to Routes 71, 85, and new Route 385.

  • Route 71 will modify trip times to improve on-time service and provide more convenient route connections at locations such as the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), Mall Transfer Stations (MTS), and the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS).
  • Route 85 will operate shorter faster trips between DTC, Wilson Way, “B” Street, Togninali, and Venture Academy Family of Schools located near Arch Road; it will be integrated with a New Route 385 Limited Weekday Service.
  • Route 385 will operate direct morning and afternoon peak hour trips between Togninali, “B” Street, 8th Street, Oro, and Farm/Gertrude.

A complete matrix of the service changes is attached to this press release and available at RTD’s website.

Customers can view and download the new schedules from RTD’s website, or call (209) 943-1111 or visit the Downtown Transit Center to get schedules and information.

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San Joaquin RTD to Operate Saturday/Sunday Schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Martin¬ Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will operate its Saturday/Sunday schedule and close its administrative offices and Downtown Transit Center (DTC).

RTD’s Saturday/Sunday service is as follows:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Weekend Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Fixed Routes 723 and 797
  • Stockton Metropolitan Area American Disability Act Dial-A-Ride (SMA ADA DAR)
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride (GP DAR)

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, January 20.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Christmas Day and New Year's Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, December 16, until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 23. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD is not operating this service. RTD’s contractor is operating it.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service on Friday, December 26 and Friday, January 2 and will reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Monday, December 29 through December 31 and will reopen again on Monday, January 5.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Thanksgiving Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a premium fare of $3 per one-way for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers and $5 per one-way for General Public (GP) customers. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Tuesday, November 18, until 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD is not operating this service. RTD’s contractor is operating it, similar to the services that the contractor usually operates.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service Friday, November 28, and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Monday, December 1.

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San Joaquin RTD Changing Call Center Schedule

(Stockton, CA) – Beginning November 10, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will change the schedule for its Customer Information Center, or Call Center, to Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In line with its strategic initiative to provide the highest level of service to the greatest number of people within its available resources, RTD is making this change to cover the Call Center’s busiest days and times while still ensuring sufficient staff coverage.

RTD’s customers can use its more popular sources of service information as alternatives: its website, Google Trip Planner, and TextBus:

  • RTD’s websites www.sanjoaquinRTD.com and www.sanjoaquinRTD.com/mobile enable customers to use any desktop or mobile browser to view, download, or print RTD’s schedules and maps and other service information.
  • Google Trip Planner can provide transit and walking alternatives for RTD’s routes and is available through RTD’s website, through the Google Maps website and apps, and third-party transit apps, many of which can be found at www.sanjoaquinRTD.com/apps.
  • TextBus is a service RTD developed internally that customers can use with any SMS-enabled mobile phone to get departure information from RTD’s bus stops. Learn more at www.sanjoaquinRTD.com/textbus.
  • Additionally, RTD has passenger information displays at its Downtown Transit Center, Mall Transfer Station, Hammer Triangle Station, and all Metro Express stops. Along with these alternatives, RTD will continue to find ways to leverage mobile, online, and social technologies to enhance public access to information.

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San Joaquin RTD Leads Multi-Agency Stuff The Bus Food Drive

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will hold its 16th Annual Stuff the Bus food drive Friday, November 14, through Sunday, November 16. RTD will once again lead a countywide effort, joined by transit agencies in Lodi, Manteca, and Escalon to collect food for the following nonprofit agencies in their respective communities: Greater Stockton Emergency Food Bank, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Escalon CARE. The food collected will feed thousands of San Joaquin County residents this holiday season. RTD began Stuff the Bus in 1999 as a food drive campaign that encourages area residents to “stuff” an RTD bus with food donations to benefit local nonprofit agencies. Agencies also accept turkey and meat donations for families to use for holiday dinners. Over the past 15 years, RTD and its campaign partners have collected 208,242 pounds of food to help those in need during the holiday season.

Stuff the Bus will be held in four locations this year: Food 4 Less stores on Lower Sacramento Road in Stockton, in Lodi, and in Manteca; and Big Boy Market in Escalon. Participants can register to win a Food 4 Less gift card at the Stockton, Lodi, and Manteca locations. Event participants at the Escalon location receive 10% off any food purchased at Big Boy Market. At the Stockton Food 4 Less, donations will be accepted Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the Lodi, Manteca, and Escalon locations, donations will be accepted Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday, November 14, KWIN DJs and the KWIN Party Patrol will broadcast live at all events throughout the day, with Meilani and Lucas in Stockton, Jiggy in Lodi, and Amanda in Manteca.

And, for the second year in a row, Greater Yosemite Council Boy Scouts will pick up non-perishable food donations throughout Stockton on Saturday, November 15, as part of their “Scouting for Food” program and deliver the donations to the Stockton Stuff the Bus location.

Area food banks serve nutritious food to thousands of people daily and over 100,000 men, women, and children annually in San Joaquin County. RTD and its campaign partners, Lodi Grapeline, Manteca Transit, Escalon eTrans, KWIN/KWNN (97.7/98.3), The Record, Food 4 Less, and Big Boy Market are proud to serve our community through the annual Stuff the Bus food drive and to assist the food banks in feeding the area’s hungry during the holiday season.

For more information on Stuff the Bus, including a list of suggested food items needed for donation, visit www.sanjoaquinRTD.com/stuffthebus. For event updates, follow San Joaquin RTD on Facebook and Twitter.

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RTD Will Operate Weekend Service on Veterans Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed, and RTD will operate its weekend schedule for fixed-route bus services, and operate limited service for its interregional commuter routes.

The following fixed routes will operate on their Saturday/Sunday schedules:

  • Metro Express Routes 40, 43, and 44
  • Stockton Metro Area (SMA) Routes 710, 715, 720, 725, and 745
  • County Routes 723 and 797
  • SMA ADA Dial-A-Ride
  • Countywide Rural General Public Dial-A-Ride

The following interregional commuter routes will operate their regular schedules:

  • Routes 150, 152, 163, 164, 166, 172, and 173

RTD will resume regular service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Wednesday, November 12.

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RTD to Hold Annual Public Hearings on Unmet Transit Needs

(Stockton, CA) – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) has scheduled nine public hearings in November to invite public comments on any public transportation needs that are currently not being met and to present and receive public comments on proposed January 2015 service changes, including Routes 71 and 85. RTD staff will hold public hearings at each of the following locations and times:

Monday, November 3, 2014
5:30 p.m.

 

Tracy Transit Center
50 E. 6th Street – Room 104
Tracy, CA 95376

Served by Routes 90 and 97

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
5:00 p.m.
  San Joaquin RTD
Downtown Transit Center – Boardroom
421 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, CA 95202

Served by Routes 4, 5, 7, 23, 40, 44, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61, 70, 76, 77, 80, 83, 90, 91, 93, and 97. Connections possible from all other RTD routes by transferring at the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS) and the Mall Transfer Station (MTS).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
5:30 p.m.
  Lodi Public Library
201 W. Locust Street
Lodi, CA 95240

Served by Routes 23 and 93

Thursday, November 6, 2014
5:30 p.m.
  Manteca Transit Center
220 Moffat Boulevard
Manteca, CA 95336

Served by Route 91

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:00 p.m.
  Spring Fellowship Church
Morada Area Association Monthly Meeting
4799 Foppiano Lane
Stockton, CA 95212

No transit service available

Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00 a.m.
  San Joaquin RTD
Downtown Transit Center – Boardroom
421 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, CA 95202

Served by Routes 4, 5, 7, 23, 40, 44, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61, 70, 76, 77, 80, 83, 90, 91, 93, and 97. Connections possible from all other RTD routes by transferring at the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS) and the Mall Transfer Station (MTS).

Monday, November 10, 2014
2:40 p.m.
  San Joaquin County Office of Education
Venture Auditorium
2829 Transworld Drive
Stockton, CA 95206

Served by Routes 85 and 91

Monday, November 10, 2014
3:45 p.m.
  Christian Life Center – West Lane
Chapel Room
9025 West Lane
Stockton, CA 95210

Served by Routes 70 and 71 Connections possible via Routes 23 and 43

Wednesday, November 1, 2014
5:15 p.m.
  UJ’s Family Restaurant
7628 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95207

Served by Routes 3, 40, 43, 66, and 93 Located two blocks from the Hammer Triangle Station (HTS)

All persons submitting comments should include their name and contact information. Persons who are unable to attend these public hearings are encouraged to register their comments by ; phone at (209) 467-6639; fax at (209) 948-8516; in person at the Downtown Transit Center, 421 E. Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA; or mail to San Joaquin RTD Planning Department, P.O. Box 201010, Stockton, CA, 95201.

Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, to be incorporated into the public hearing records.

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Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available on Labor Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Labor Day, Monday, September 1, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will close its administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services.

A limited, demand-response service will be available by reservation only on a first-come, first-served basis at a premium fare of $5 per one-way trip. This service is available within the Stockton Metropolitan Area only. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, August 25, until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger. For reservations, please call (209) 955-8400. RTD is not operating this service. RTD’s contractor is operating it, similar to the services that the contractor usually operates.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Tuesday, September 2.

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RTD to Implement New Schedules on August 10

(Stockton, CA) – On Sunday, August 10, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will implement new schedules for many of its routes. Most changes are minor timetable and/or map changes to improve on-time performance, provide better connections, and increase ridership. The most significant changes are to Routes 43, 71, and 85:

  • Route 43 (Metro Express Hammer Corridor) will operate a new loop with three new stops on east Hammer Lane, Maranatha Drive, Bryant Drive, and Holman Road.

  • Route 71 will operate a new pilot route with stops on March Lane, Holman Road, and Hammer Lane; it will no longer serve stops on Lorraine Avenue, Hammertown Drive, Tam O’Shanter Drive, and Access Street. RTD continues to provide service to these areas via Routes 3, 6, 23, and 52.

  • Route 85 will operate a new pilot route with stops on Filbert Street, Myrtle Street, and Oro Avenue; it will no longer serve stops on 8th Street, Airport Way, Charter Way, and Stanislaus Street. RTD continues to provide service to these areas via Routes 44, 55, and 380.

The Route 365 boarding location at the Hammer Triangle Station will move to the Metro Express shelter on Lower Sacramento Road.

RTD will resume 300-series routes that were suspended during the summer: Routes 310, 340, 360, 380, and 390.

A complete matrix of the service changes is attached to this press release and available at RTD’s website.

Customers can view and download the new schedules from RTD’s website, or call (209) 943-1111 or visit the Downtown Transit Center to get schedules and information.

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RTD Will Not Operate Bus Service on Independence Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Independence Day, Friday, July 4, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate its regular fixed route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, and San Joaquin Commuter) and Dial-A-Ride services. RTD’s administrative offices and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) will be closed.

RTD will resume regularly scheduled service on Saturday, July 5, and reopen its administrative offices and the DTC on Monday, July 7.

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San Joaquin RTD to Provide Free Shuttle Service to 2014 Senior Awareness Day

(Stockton, CA) – On Thursday, May 29, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will provide free shuttle service to the 2014 Senior Awareness Day event at Micke Grove Park in Lodi. Senior Awareness Day is the annual senior information fair sponsored by the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency (HSA).

From 8am to noon, shuttle buses will leave every half hour from eastbound Yokuts Avenue, just east of Claremont Avenue, in Stockton. Returning buses will leave the park every half hour until 3 pm.

This 36th annual event is open to all seniors, caregivers, and family members, and features over 100 information booths. Attendees can stroll around, get food, and enjoy the senior art show and classic cars while learning about valuable resources in the community that provide support to seniors, caregivers, and families. Additional activities include live entertainment, a wellness walk through Micke Grove, bingo, free health screenings, Medicare information, and much more.

For more event information, call HSA at (209) 468-1104 or visit www.sjseniorday.org.

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In Memoriam: Former Transit District Director W. Ronald Coale

(Stockton, CA) – On April 17, 2014, former Transit District board member W. Ronald Coale passed away at the age of 81. Ron Coale served 1973-83 as a member and chair of the Board of Directors for the Stockton Metropolitan Transit District (SMTD), predecessor to the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD).

Mr. Coale joined the Board in 1973 and served as Chair from 1975-83. During his tenure, SMTD began the provision of demand-response (Dial-A-Ride) services. In 1979, SMTD moved into a new, expanded facility (known later as its “Metro” facility) from the location where it had begun years earlier as Stockton City Lines. Mr. Coale was present at the groundbreaking, cornerstone-laying, and grand opening celebrations for the Metro facility and was one of the featured speakers at its closing ceremony in December 2013. Mr. Coale led the effort for an impressive cornerstone dedication ceremony for RTD’s Downtown Transit Center in 2006.

Following his time at SMTD, Mr. Coale went on to serve in numerous capacities supporting local government and transportation, including: councilmember and vice-mayor for the City of Stockton (1983-1990); member and chairman of the Stockton Port Commission (1991-2013); member of the San Joaquin Council of Governments Board of Directors; transportation and distribution instructor and advisor to San Joaquin Delta College; manager of the Stockton District Office of the California Public Utilities Commission, where he oversaw passenger and freight transportation matters; and local government consultant for the California Trucking Association.

In addition to his work in the transportation industry, Mr. Coale served many local non-profit and service organizations, including the Stockton Salvation Army and the YMCA of San Joaquin County. He was very active in area Masonic organizations and was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was chairman of the Stockton Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center, which partners with the University of the Pacific Speech and Language Department to provide free speech therapy to about 100 children a week.

RTD appreciates Mr. Coale for his many years of service to not only the Transit District but to the transportation industry and to our community. He will be greatly missed by those with whom he worked to significantly improve public transit and the transportation system for our region.

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San Joaquin RTD Will Not Operate on Easter Sunday

(Stockton, CA) –San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will NOT operate its bus services and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) and administrative offices will be closed on Sunday, April 20 (Easter).

RTD will resume regular service and reopen the DTC and its administrative offices on Monday, April 21.

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San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) Breaks Ground on $51.1 Million Regional Transportation Center

(Stockton, CA) – On Friday, March 21, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) broke ground on its $51.1 million Regional Transportation Center (RTC), a state-of-the-art facility that will dramatically improve transit in San Joaquin County. The project is funded by the Federal Transit Administration, Measure K (the half-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation projects in San Joaquin County), and the State of California Proposition 1B Program – putting tax dollars to work in a community that needs the work.

The RTC will replace an aging, overcrowded facility originally designed for a fleet of only 50 buses, less than half of RTD’s current fleet. Having expanded beyond the capacity of its current facilities, RTD requires a consolidated facility to maintain and expand efficient operations. The RTC will be built on the property RTD acquired as a temporary “overflow” site, where buses are parked and light maintenance is performed in a converted warehouse.

The RTC will dramatically improve operational efficiency and safety, and provide the required capacity needed to expand transportation services within San Joaquin County. A new Fuel and Wash Building will accommodate servicing up to four buses simultaneously and will also support brake and tire repair.

These improvements will directly benefit RTD’s customers by lowering operating costs while also enabling RTD to provide cleaner, better-maintained buses even more efficiently. Through this increased efficiency, RTD should be able to increase services on the street. In addition, the RTC will be built to consume less energy, thereby reducing environmental impacts while supporting regional public transit services.

Speakers at the event included: San Joaquin Council of Governments Executive Director Andrew T. Chesley; City of Stockton Vice Mayor Paul Canepa; Federal Transit Administration Region 9 Deputy Regional Administrator Edward Carranza; and RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) made the keynote address.

“RTD provides economic, air quality, and traffic reduction benefits for San Joaquin County,” said Congressman McNerney. “The new RTC is the kind of investment in our infrastructure that creates jobs and is a big part of getting our economy back on track. I’m proud to have helped bring home federal funding for this worthwhile project.”

“We’re proud to partner with San Joaquin RTD to offer residents the modern, efficient transit facilities they need to access jobs and other ladders of opportunity,” said Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan. “Throughout the United States, it’s vitally important that we invest in maintaining our existing public transportation infrastructure while expanding service to keep up with demand.”

“The Regional Transportation Center is one more way RTD is building a better transportation system for our region,” said RTD General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino. “This project will benefit RTD immediately upon its completion, and will continue to benefit the community as a whole for decades to come through improved efficiencies and increased services.”

The RTC’s general contractor, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., is utilizing a design-build project delivery methodology to provide an exceptionally high-quality and operationally efficient facility that is sensitive to the cost objectives established by RTD. McCarthy is also embracing and implementing RTD’s desire to employ and subcontract to regional businesses and residents of San Joaquin County and the City of Stockton. McCarthy’s first Stockton project was the Kaiser Stockton Medical Center that completed in 1990, and it most recently completed the California Health Care Facility, a 1.2-million-square-foot medical detention facility on Arch Road, as a joint venture with Clark Construction Group.

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San Joaquin RTD Awarded Bus Driver Safety Award

(Stockton, CA) – On March 21, 2014, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) Coach Operator Christy Benson received the Central California Safety Council’s Bus Driver Safety Award for 2013 at its 80th Anniversary Safety Celebration Banquet in Stockton. The Bus Driver Safety Award recognizes a bus driver who has demonstrated a sustained and outstanding level of job performance and citation-free driving safety record.

Christy has worked as a coach operator for RTD since 1983 and during her time at RTD has driven over 1 million miles and has served hundreds of thousands of customers safely, reliably, and efficiently. She has driven the last 13+ years without a preventable accident, and has received numerous commendations from her passengers over the years. Christy was RTD’s Transportation Employee of the Year for 2009, has been the Transportation Employee of the month several times, and has represented coach operators in RTD’s marketing materials.

In addition to her coach operator duties, Christy also previously served RTD as a part-time Field Supervisor. Prior to working at RTD, she worked as a bus driver for Sullivan and Company and Stockton Unified School District, where she served young adults and persons with disabilities.

The Central California Safety Council presented the award at its 80th Anniversary Safety Celebration at the Stockton Golf & Country Club. The Central California Safety Council was founded as the San Joaquin Safety Council in 1934, by a group of local business leaders, to promote health & safety at home, in travel and in the workplace. Today, the Safety Council serves business members throughout Central California with occupational health and safety information, products and services.

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RTD Rolls Out New Articulated Buses For More Passenger Room

(Stockton, CA) – On Tuesday, February 18, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will launch its new 60-foot hybrid articulated buses on their maiden voyage into service on its popular Metro Express Route 40.

Route 40 operates along Pacific Avenue between Hammer Lane and Downtown, often with standing room only on weekends. In Fiscal Year 2013, RTD served 1.9 million customers with its Metro Express service (Routes 40, 43, and 44) – 45% of RTD’s total systemwide ridership.

To accommodate this high ridership, RTD will introduce six Nova LFX hybrid buses and has increased Route 40’s weekend frequency from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes (10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Additionally:

  • These new articulated buses are 50% longer than regular Metro Express buses.
  • Stockton is one of the smallest cities in the U.S. using articulated hybrid buses.
  • RTD is the first and only California transit agency using Nova LFX articulated buses.

These new buses cost just under $1 million each and are funded by the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (88%) and the State of California Proposition 1B Program (12%).

The articulated buses offer comfortable seating and three doors to optimize passenger flow. Their front entrance and large aisle, combined with a gradual boarding ramp, make them fully accessible for wheelchair and mobility device users. RTD’s Nova LFX buses use quiet, low-emissions hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption, as one bus can replace up to 100 cars but requires only 5% of their space.

 

About San Joaquin RTD and Nova

San Joaquin RTD is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. For route and schedule information, check out the Trip Planner powered by Google Maps or call the Customer Information Line (209) 943-1111. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Nova Bus is a leading world-class manufacturer of sustainable transit solutions in North America, including bus rapid transit (BRT) buses, hybrid and natural gas vehicles.

Nova is part of the Volvo Group, which employs about 12,000 workers in the United States in six production facilities. Check out www.novabus.com for more information.

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