The City contracts with private firms to provide drivers, driver supervision and customer service for both Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) and Modesto Area Dial-a-Ride. Drivers receive extensive classroom and behind the wheel training before transporting any passengers for StanRTA or DAR. Please call 209-577-5295 for more information.
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Buses only stop at locations marked with a bench, shelter and / or sign. Use our Trip Planner or call 209-521-1274 or 1-800-262-1516 before riding to find out where you can catch the bus in your area.
When at a marked stop, stand near the sign so the driver knows that you want to ride. The driver may not stop for you if it doesn't look like you want to ride. Back away from the curb as the bus approaches to avoid the mirror on the side of the bus.
Each route is wheelchair accessible. All buses begin each day with working wheelchair lifts; however, lifts are susceptible to unpredictable breakdowns during operation. All wheelchairs must be secured with tie-down straps while in the bus. View details about our Tiedown Policy (PDF).
Use your bike in combination with bus routes to make your travel even more convenient! All buses are now equipped with bike racks. Our bike racks accommodate 2 bikes at a time, and are designed to keep your bike away from the bus and other bikes. It's easy and convenient, loading takes less than 20 seconds.
No additional fare is required when using the bike racks, so whether you're on your way to work, school, or play, bring your bike along for the ride. For more information, see our Bike-N-Bus page.
When boarding, please have your pass, ticket or transfer ticket from other systems ready to give to the driver. When you are paying cash, please have exact change ready to deposit in the fare box. Remember, the driver does not carry change.
One block before your stop, pull the cord over the window or push the yellow tape strip. The driver will then stop the bus as close to the next marked bus stop as can be done safely. Please exit through the rear door so that boarding passengers may enter through the front door.
Passengers must pay a fare or show a pass each time they board a bus. View connection and transfer information to get more information regarding the options available to you.
Planning a trip on the bus? If you need assistance planning a trip on, or if you have any questions about StanRTA, please call 209-521-1274 and we'll help. You can also use our Trip Planner powered by Google.
Field trips are welcome on our routes. Please call 209-521-1274 or 1-800-262-1516 for information.
View a diagram describing the symbols on transit maps.
View a diagram describing transit schedule use.
Review the Staff Directory listing for StanRTA departments and services.
Please be aware of the rules of conduct when riding the bus. For additional information on the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) Passenger Conduct Policy (PDF), please contact the StanRTA office at:1001 9th StreetModesto, CA 95354Phone: 209-521-1274
Please review the Bulky Item Policy (PDF). For additional information on the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) Bulky Item Policy, please contact the StanRTA office at:1001 9th StreetModesto, CA 95354Phone: 209-521-1274
Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in program services pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination under Title VI on the basis of race, color or national origin may file a complaint with StanRTA.
Additional information is available by calling: 209-521-1274 (Voice or TDD)
Voice or TDD Information is available during the following hours:
In-person Information is available during the following hours:
View a listing of the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority operation hours.
Certain seats on the bus are designated as priority seating for passengers with disabilities and seniors. The bus operator may request an ambulatory passenger occupying priority seating to move if a passenger with disabilities or a senior boards. Your cooperation in honoring such requests is appreciated.
Times shown on the schedules pages are approximate due to varying traffic, weather and other conditions.
Notices about bus system changes are posted on the panel behind the driver. Read them regularly so you won't miss the bus.
StanRTA uses either a 35 foot or 40 foot bus on a route dependent upon the maximum number of passengers expected to be on the bus at any time during the course of the day to avoid the need to add large numbers of supplemental buses to accommodate maximum ridership. The City selected these 2 bus sizes after years of experimentation. Having only 2 sizes in the fleet reduces the cost of parts inventory, special diagnostic equipment, driver and mechanic training, and increases repair efficiency.Labor expenses make up the majority of the cost of operating a bus so very little depends on the size of the bus. Operating additional buses to meet maximum ridership demand is extremely expensive and is avoided as much as possible. Please call 209-577-5295 for more information.
For a variety of reasons ridership on weekends is much lower than weekdays. To maintain an efficient system in spite of reduced ridership, routes and schedules must be pared back. Consequently, though Saturday routes are the same as weekday routes they don't operate as frequently to maintain efficiency standards. To maximize efficiency on Sundays, some routes don't run at all or are a combination of the highest ridership segments of multiple routes. Please call 209-577-5295 for more information.
StanRTA provides that information in several different ways. You can obtain that information by using the Easy Rider Trip Planner located on the StanRTA website. Information for hundreds of selected stops is provided on printed schedules, and on the StanRTA website. Finally, located on each bus stop sign post are the approximate departure times for each route serving that stop. For more information, please visit the Routes & Schedules page.
StanRTA makes a concerted effort to ensure that all buses run according to published schedules; however, buses will occasionally be late due to circumstances beyond our control. Delays due to unusual traffic congestion and traffic accidents are the main culprits but delays due to mechanical and passenger issues are also contributing factors. Please call 209-577-5295 for more information.
Bus information is available on the Rider Tools page.
The Easy Rider Trip Planner includes information from all transit systems in Stanislaus County. Just type in the beginning and ending points of your trip and it will tell you exactly which routes to use within each city you will be traveling. It gives detailed instructions on where to board each individual bus you will need to ride, regardless of the community in which you begin and end your trip. Use the Easy Rider Trip Planner.