StanRTA, which has a route serving the West Side, has resumed fares for rides.

The Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority has resumed fares as of Jan. 1, after six months of free rides provided to the community. 

The 2022 fare structure applies to all StanRTA “The S” services, which resulted from a merger of Modesto Area Express and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) last July. Former MAX and StaRT passes will be honored if they have not been used or activated. 

“We understand this will be a big change to the community after so many months of free rides,” said Philip McGuire, CEO of StanRTA. “We hope folks are pleasantly surprised by the fare reductions we’ve enacted.”  

There is one route, 45 West, which services the West Side area. This route operates between 5:37 a.m. and 9:21 p.m. Monday through Friday. This bus operates nine fixed round trips between Gustine and Patterson. Newman and Crows Landing are also served. On Saturday the bus operates between 6:20 a.m. and 7:56 p.m. and five round trips are included.

Simplifying fares across the previous multiple transit providers was a primary goal of the Authority. Both MAX and StaRT operated a slew of different services (fixed-route, dial-a-ride, paratransit, commuter, shuttle, and medivan programs), which led to a lengthy list of fare options and categories. StanRTA streamlined the fares, reducing the list of options, and incorporated free fares for riders 18 and under on all services.  

For riders of the former MAX branded service, a 50 percent reduction was made to the 1-Day Pass, which is now $2. This pass replaces the single-ride fare and provides unlimited same-day rides on all The S fixed-routes. A 1-Day Discounted Pass is also available to seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, and Medicare cardholders for just $1. The 7-Day and 31-Day Passes have also been reduced to $11 and $48 respectively.  

The 1-Day Passes for fixed-route and commuter services are available for purchase at the Transit Center located at 1001 9th St. in Modesto and on The S buses. Other passes and tickets are available for cash, check and credit/debit purchase at the Transit Center and the City of Modesto Cashier’s Office, 1010 10th Street, Suite 200, Modesto, CA. Residents can also download the Token Transit app to buy any fixed-route or commuter passes. The app is available on Google Play and the App Store. Passes are purchased on the app with a debit or credit card and stored electronically on a mobile device. Free Wi-Fi is available on all S buses.  

For many dial-a-ride and ADA paratransit passengers, riding The S will also cost less in 2022. Single trip tickets in 2022 will be $2.50 and are available in individually or handy 10-packs for $25.00. Qualified individuals can purchase discount tickets for $1.50 or $15 for a 10-pack for use on dial-a-rides and shuttles. Dial-A-Ride tickets are currently on sale at the Modesto Transit Center.