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Press Releases RTD opens the first 100% electric, zero-emissions Bus Rapid Transit Route in the nation
Stockton, CA – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will convert its existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Route 44 to 100% electric, zero-emissions buses in August. That BRT route will be the first in the nation to feature all-electric bus service.
At the time of the conversion, Route 44 will be extended to serve passengers from the Downtown Transit Center (DTC) in Central Stockton to as far south as Qantas Lane near Arch-Airport Road. The change will enable people who work or study at locations such as PG&E, Dorfman Pacific, Venture Academy, San Joaquin County Office of Education, and the Economic Development Department Qantas Lane office, to commute rapidly and economically.
“We at RTD are proud of our history of commitment to clean energy initiatives,” said Donna DeMartino, RTD’s CEO. “With the nation’s first all-electric BRT route, RTD and Stockton are now leading the charge in providing safe, efficient, reliable, and exceptionally clean transportation to people who live and work in south Stockton.”
The benefits of using electric buses include:
Reduced maintenance cost
Electric buses can travel up to 40 miles or 2 hours on a charge. The RTD charging stations take about 10 minutes to completely recharge a bus.
The price of each bus is approximately $850,000. RTD received grant funding to cover the cost of the new electric buses.
RTD will launch a second all-electric BRT route in January 2018 along the MLK corridor in South Stockton. That route will connect with RTD’s existing three BRT corridors.
BRT routes move passengers to desired destinations faster than other types of bus routes.
In further support of RTD’s commitment to its clean air initiatives, RTD’s Board of Directors will be asked to pass an official resolution to declare its intent to convert to 100% electric, zero emission buses for all routes serving the City of Stockton by 2025.
RTD announces a new Chief Operating Officer
Stockton, CA – San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is pleased to announce that Jean Foletta-Morales has joined the agency as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this new position, she will oversee transportation, maintenance, paratransit operations, and maintenance at RTD.
Ms. Foletta-Morales began her career in transit 18 years ago working as the Marketing Manager for RTD. She later worked in fixed route, paratransit, and mobility management operations while at RTD.
“We are excited to welcome Jean Foletta-Morales back to RTD,” said RTD CEO Donna DeMartino. “She is a true public transit professional with a very well-rounded background. I am looking forward to seeing her improve our operations even further as we continue our drive to provide Extraordinary Customer Service.”
Ms. Foletta-Morales successfully started the first Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) in Stanislaus County and served as the Transit System Manager for the City of Elk Grove. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus and has served on the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) Board of Directors. Ms. Foletta-Morales was awarded the American Public Works Association Professional Manager of the Year Award for Transportation in 2015.
Limited, Demand-Response Bus Service Available On Labor Day
On Labor Day, Monday, September 4, San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will not operate regular fixed-route bus services (Stockton Metro, Metro Express, Intercity, Hopper, 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. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) certified customers may ride for $3 per one-way and non-ADA customers for $5 per one-way. Priority will be given to seniors and persons with disabilities.
Customers may make reservations by calling (209) 955-8400 between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1. Reservations will be limited to one round trip per passenger.
RTD will resume regularly scheduled service and reopen its administrative offices, call center, and DTC on Tuesday, September 5.
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!”
(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.
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.