How To Ride
Q: How do I know when the right bus comes along?
A: The bus route number is at the top front of every StaRT bus and on the side window next to the front door.
Q: How do I get a bus to stop for me?
A: When the bus you want approaches, stand and wait near the curb as you signal the driver to stop. Please be at the StaRT bus stop at last five (5) minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
Q: How do I pay my fare?
A: StaRT offers a number of ways to pay your bus fare: Cash, Fare Cards, and now offering 1-Day and 31-Day Passes!
Please have your payment method ready when boarding. If you are paying by cash, just put your fare into the fare box when you board. Fareboxes accept paper money and coins. If change is owed, the farebox will issue a change card.
Q: Where do I sit?
A: Get comfortable and take a seat, or find poles throughout the bus to hold onto if you are standing. Please reserve seats at the front of every bus for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. There are also flip seats at the front for riders in wheelchairs.
Q: How do I get off the bus?
A: As the bus nears your stop, pull the cord above the windows. This signals the driver to stop at the next stop. Please exit the bus through the rear doors.
Q: Can I get a transfer?
A: Free transfers are available to passengers who need to switch buses to complete their trips on fixed routes. Please request a transfer from the bus driver when boarding the bus and paying your fare. Passengers may only request one transfer per paid fare. Transfers are free to riders between StaRT (fixed route), MAX (Modesto Area Express), CAT (Ceres Area Transit), Ceres Dial-A-Ride, and BLST (Bus Line Service of Turlock). Transfers to eTrans (Escalon Transit) are .25 cents.
Transfers may not be used for the same bus route on which the transfer was issued. In addition, transfers may not be used to transfer onto Route 70 or between Routes 10 and 15. Passengers are not able to transfer onto the Shuttle, Dial-A-Ride, ADA Paratransit or Commuter buses.
Transfers are valid for three (3) hours from the time of issue and can only be used for the continuation or extension of a current trip in one direction and may not be used for a return trip.