BRT Express

Fast and frequent service within the Stockton Metropolitan Area (SMA)

Photo of passengers loading a electric BRT express bus at the Downtown Transit Center

RTD launched its first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Express Corridor in 2007, which has experienced extraordinary growth in ridership. Since then, RTD has launched four more BRT routes to accommodate our customers’ demand for this high-quality service throughout the system, with Midtown Corridor and MLK Corridor in 2018 as the most recent additions.  Over six miles each, these BRT Express routes are key corridors and critical components to building a better transportation system for the city of Stockton.

What is BRT Express?

BRT Express, a high-quality Bus Rapid Transit service, operates with fewer stops, off-board fare collection, and more frequent trips than regular bus service to make it fast, reliable, and convenient. To meet the demand for its most popular service, RTD also employs higher-capacity hybrid articulated buses.
  • Hybrid and all-electric buses
  • Frequent service with limited stops
  • Improved shelters and boarding areas for passenger comfort and convenience
  • Pre-paid fares from Fare Vending Machines for faster passenger boarding
  • Seamless BRT Express connections at all RTD major transfer locations


Fixed-route service within the Stockton Metropolitan Area (SMA)

RTD Electric Local Bus

RTD Local serves the Stockton Metropolitan Area, connecting RTD’s Express, Hopper, and Commuter services. Local routes serve the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), Mall Transfer Station (MTS), and Hammer Transfer Station (HTS).


Hop on to connect… throughout Stockton and beyond

Photo of Hopper buses at the DTC

Metro Hopper

County Hopper

Metro Hopper is a deviated fixed-route service serving popular destinations throughout the Stockton city limits. With seven routes that operate Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., buses run approximately every hour.
In order to accommodate ADA-certified passengers who are not able to reach fixed-route stops, each Hopper can deviate from its normal route a distance of up to one mile. The service covers approximately 75% of the Stockton Metro Area for ADA-certified customers with the one-mile deviation. Reservations are required.*

County Hopper is a deviated fixed-route service serving San Joaquin County and providing intercity connections between Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Lathrop, and Escalon. There are 5 weekday routes that operate from 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In order to accommodate passengers who are not able to reach their destinations within a rural area, each County Hopper can deviate from its normal route a distance of up to one mile. Reservations are required.*

*Reservations are required two days in advance for all Hopper deviations. Hoppers will deviate up to two times per trip. Please call (209) 943-1111, option 4 for more information.


Connecting San Joaquin County to Sacramento and Dublin BART

RTD Commuter Bus

Purchasing Passes

One-way fare is $7.

Purchasing Commuter bus tickets are done easily and conveniently on your mobile device by using the Vamos Mobility App with ticketing by EZ Hub.  Available on the App Store or Google Play Store.
Purchase directly from the coach operator (exact change only). Please keep your belongings off the seat next to you so that others may sit down. One seat is allowed per fare. Please store luggage under your seat or on your lap and not on the seat next to you. RTD is not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged personal items. Storage space under the seats are limited. For additional information, please call (888) 802-WORK (9675).

Park and Ride

Park and Ride lots are free parking facilities for commuters to park their cars and connect with RTD’s San Joaquin Commuter. RTD’s Commuter buses depart for Sacramento and the Bay Area from several Park and Ride locations around San Joaquin County. View Park and Ride locations here.

Photo of Van Go! vehicle parked in front of the Stockton Arena.

You spoke. We listened.

Introducing RTD Van Go! reinvented.

Graphic map of San Joaquin County with words, The new pilot program offers seamless trips throughout San Joaquin County. No transfers. No zones. True county service.
Use the Van Go! App to travel anywhere within San Joaquin County with Van Go! This on-demand rideshare service is provided in vehicles that are safe and accessible (can transport wheelchairs). Drivers are professionally trained and ready to help.
Note: Vehicles can only safely transport bicycles on the bike racks. All packages brought on board are restricted to what you can safely hold in your lap.

How does it work?

  • Create an account by first downloading the Van Go! app on your mobile device.
  • After you create an account on your phone app, you will be able to book rides on either the phone app or the Van Go! Desktop web app.
  • Book your trip up to 48 hours in advance using the Van Go! desktop web app or mobile app. An estimated pick-up window will be provided.
  • The first 5 miles of your trip is $4 per person, then $0.50 per additional mile per person.
  • Pay with a debit or credit card online when you book your trip or pay cash to your driver at pick-up.
  • Enjoy your trip anywhere in San Joaquin County! Book your return trip early in advance.
  • View the Van Go! How-to Brochure for a guide to using the mobile app.
  • Book trips quickly and easily using a desktop web or mobile app.
  • For additional information, please call (209) 943-1111, option 3.

Van Go! App

Click here to download the Van Go! app on the Apple App Store Click here to download the Van Go! app on the Google Play Store

Service Hours

7 days a week
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


First 5-miles (one-way trip)
After 5 miles
$4.00 per person
$0.50 per mile per person
Discount Fare Card
$3.00 per person
$0.50 per mile per person

Fares subject to change without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

RTD’s on-demand rideshare service throughout San Joaquin County.
You must be at least 18 to book and 13 to ride unaccompanied.
No, all trips require a reservation. You may book the same day using the Van Go! app.
When booking through the app, you have the option to pay with a credit/debit card or you can pay with cash or present a pre-purchased pass when boarding.
Yes, however, each person will need to pay their own fare—no splitting fares.
Although you can book your trip on the same day, we recommend planning ahead so you may book up to 48 hours in advance.
When booking your trip, select “Arrive By” and enter the time you want to arrive at your appointment. The app will schedule an estimated time window for your pick-up. Please note pick-up windows may change depending on traffic conditions and availability. We advised passengers plan to be at their pick-up location at least five minutes ahead of the scheduled pick-up window so they can be ready to board.
Pick-up windows may change depending on traffic conditions and availability. The time window you receive is an estimate and based on availability.
A rideshare service means sometimes others will get on and off while your trip is still in session.
Yes, but only what you can safely hold in your lap during the trip.  Bags and packages may not be placed in the seat beside you nor on the floor.
Only service animals are allowed.
Yes, but it must be folded and you must hold onto it to prevent it from moving at all times.
Book trips quickly and easily using a desktop web or mobile app.
Passengers are encouraged to cancel their booking 2 hours before their scheduled pick-up time.

Paratransit Service

Paratransit services for ADA-certified passengers

Dial-A-Ride customers being assisted off a certified vehicle.

RTD offers paratransit service for those who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This program is specifically designed for those individuals who due to their disability, are functionally unable to use fixed-route services in San Joaquin County.
This service is available seven days a week by appointment only during SMA service hours and within three-quarters of a mile of SMA fixed routes. Persons interested in this service must obtain certification under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through an eligibility process.
RTD will provide free transportation to and from the ADA eligibility in-person interview if needed. Individuals may bring a family member or a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) to accompany them to the interview. To schedule an eligibility interview, call (209) 242-9965. 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
Fixed Route: 5:20 a.m. to 10:12 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
Fixed Route: 7:00 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.

Please check bus schedules for up-to-date hours of operation.

Reservation Phone Hours:

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily


$3.00 one-way
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RTD Paratransit only accepts cash or DAR pass.


Reservations for paratransit service must be made one to two days in advance. To schedule a ride or check your ride status, please call (209) 943-1111, option 2, option 2.

Arrival & Departure

RTD provides curb-to-curb service. Each passenger is given five minutes to board the bus once the driver arrives. The reservationist will quote a 30-minute pick-up window. Passengers may be picked up any time between the 30-minute arrival window.


An ADA-certified passenger who qualifies for a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) may be escorted by one. When making your reservation, please notify the reservationist if you will be accompanied by PCA. PCAs ride free. You may also schedule a companion to ride with you (subject to seating availability); companions must pay the regular fare.


Cancellations may be made any day prior to your scheduled ride by calling (209) 943-1111, option 2, option 2. Same-day cancellations require at least a two-hour notice. Please make sure to call before the two hours so that the reservation agent has enough time to enter the cancellation into the system, otherwise, it will be considered a late cancelation. Excessive late cancelations can lead to penalties including suspension from service.


Passengers who fail to board the bus within five minutes of the bus arrival during the pick-up window are considered no-shows. Passengers with excessive no-shows may be temporarily suspended from service.

Paratransit Service Guidelines

For your safety and to comply with all applicable laws, all passengers must allow restraining devices to be used to secure wheelchairs at all times. Drivers will assist wheelchair passengers as needed. Passengers may carry packages on board; however, the amount is limited to what passengers or attendants can carry in their hands or on their mobility aids.
For more information call (209) 943-1111.