Fresno Area Express

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Fresno Area Express
FAXlogo.jpg
ParentCity of Fresno
Founded1887
HeadquartersFresno, California
LocaleCentral California
Service areaFresno
Service typebus service, paratransit, bus rapid transit
Routes16
Fleet100+
Daily ridership41,993
Fuel typeDiesel, CNG
OperatorCity of Fresno Department of Transportation
WebsiteFAX

The Fresno Area Express (FAX), is a public transportation operator in Fresno, California. The line has over 100 buses, 1,606 bus stations, and 16 fixed routes as of December 2013.[1] FAX offers free transfers as well as wheelchair lifts and bike racks on all buses.[2]

FAX fixed routes run as far south as Malaga to Valley Children's Hospital in the north. Lines also run as far east as Fowler Avenue in Clovis, and as far west as Hayes Avenue near Highway 99 in western Fresno.[3]

FAX has paratransit operations called Handy Ride. Handy Ride is operated by a private contractor.

FAX operates a Bus Rapid Transit system on the Blackstone and Ventura/Kings Canyon transit corridors.

History[edit]

The public transportation system in Fresno started in January 1889. This was a horse car line. By 1926 Fulton Street was the hub of Fresno's business section. It had replaced Fresno and Mariposa Streets for commercial buildings and in so doing eliminated Fresno's only Nob Hill, all four feet of it. The streetcar era, which began in May 1887, on J Street, was one of three streetcar lines in the young city. In 1901 the Fresno City Railway Company merged the three and in the spring of 1903 the Fresno Traction Company, then the owners, converted the lines to electricity. These electric streetcars operated on approximately 42 miles of track by the mid-twenties. The electric streetcars were used until 1939, when the transit company replaced them with buses.[4]

Timeline[4][edit]

  • 1887-1901 Fresno City, Belmont & Yosemite Railroad
  • 1901-1915 Fresno City Railway
  • 1915-1939 Fresno Traction Co.
  • 1939 sold to National City Lines/streetcars discontinued
  • 1939-1946 Fresno City Lines
  • 1946-1961 Fresno City Lines, Inc.
  • 1961 City of Fresno Takes over Municipal Bus Service
  • 1961-1969 Fresno Municipal Lines
  • After 1969 Fresno Transit
  • 1989 Name Changed to Fresno Area Express or FAX

Routes[edit]

Route Service type North or West Terminal Destinations Served South or East Terminal
1 – Q Bus Rapid Transit Q BRT North Fresno (Fresno & Friant) River Park, Manchester Transit Center, Fresno City College, Downtown Transit Center, Fresno Fairgrounds Sunnyside (Kings Canyon & Clovis)
9 – Shaw FAX 15 Brawley & Shaw Fig Garden Shopping Center, Fashion Fair, Fresno State University Shaw & Cole
12 – Brawley Regular Brawley & Shields Central High School East Campus, Inspiration Park, Forestiere Underground Gardens Brawley & Shaw
20 – Hughes/McKinley Regular Brawley & Shaw Fresno High School, Fresno City College Downtown Transit Center
22 – West Ave/Tulare Regular West & Bullard Fig Garden Library, Downtown Transit Center, Santa Fe Passenger Depot Clovis & Kings Canyon
26 – Palm/Butler Regular Nees & Blackstone Bullard High School, Fresno High School, Tower District, Downtown Transit Center, Fresno Fairgrounds, Mosqueda Community Center, Fresno Pacific University Fresno Yosemite International Airport
28 – FSU/Manchester Center/West Fresno Regular Willow & Shaw Fresno State University, Fashion Fair, Manchester Transit Center, Fresno City College, Fresno High School, FAX Offices, Fresno Chandler Executive Airport Crystal & Kearney
32 – Fresno St Regular El Paso & Blackstone River Park, Kaiser Hospital, VA Medical Center, Community Regional Medical Center, Downtown Transit Center North & Elm
33 – Belmont Regular Belmont & Delno Roeding Park, Chaffee Zoo Maple & Butler
34 – 1st St Regular El Paso & Blackstone River Park, Politi Library, Hoover High School, Fashion Fair, Downtown Transit Center Jensen & Cherry
35 – Olive Regular Marks & Olive Roeding Park, Tower District Olive & Peach
38 – Cedar FAX 15 El Paso & Blackstone River Park, Fresno State University, Duncan Polytechnical High School, McLane High School, Roosevelt High School Downtown Transit Center
39 – FYI/Clinton Regular Shields & Brawley VA Medical Center, McLane High School, Cedar Clinton Library Fresno Yosemite International Airport
41 – Malaga/Shields/Chestnut Regular Marks & Shaw Manchester Transit Center, Fresno Pacific University Grand & Harding
45 – Herndon/Fruit/Ashlan Regular Herndon & Milburn Manchester Transit Center, Fresno City College, Fresno High School, Bullard High School Shields & Stanford
58 – NE Fresno Regular El Paso & Blackstone Kaiser Hospital, Clovis West High School, Woodward Park Regional Library Champlain & Perrin
58E – Children's Hospital Express Valley Children's Hospital (no stops) El Paso & Blackstone

Roster[edit]

Current Fleet[edit]

Fleet
Number Range
Year Manufacturer Model Number Power type Engine Transmission Notes
9701-9714 1997 Gillig Phantom 40'
(M11T40102)
Diesel Cummins M11E Voith D864.3 Most coaches retired.
Five coaches used as back up, not in regular service.
9901-9910 1999 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Diesel Cummins ISC Voith D864.3 Used as back up, not in regular service.
0301-0325 2002 Orion Orion V CNG
(05.501)
CNG Cummins ISL-G

Detroit Diesel Series 50G

Voith D864.3E Most Units were re-powered from their original Series 50G engine, however 6 retain them.

Some coaches retired.

0501-0510 2005 New Flyer C40LF CNG Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Voith D864.3E
0601-0615 2006 New Flyer C40LFR CNG Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Voith D864.3E
0901-0916 2009 New Flyer C40LFR CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Voith D864.5
0917 2009 New Flyer GE40LFR Gasoline–Electric Hybrid Ford Triton V10 6.8L
gasoline
ISE Thundervolt TB40-HG hybrid system Used as back up, not in regular service.
1101-1109 2011-2012 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Voith D864.5
1201-1203 2012 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
(G27E102N2)
CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Voith D864.5
1401-1410 2014 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Voith D864.5
1601-1611 2016 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Allison B400R 6-speed Used on FAX15 routes.
1612-1615 2016 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Allison B400R 6-speed
1701-1726 2017 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Cummins Westport
ISL G
Allison B400R 6-speed 1701-1709 are used on FAX15 routes.
1710-1726 are used on FAX Q BRT route.
1801 2018 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Unknown Unknown First Bus to feature Updated FAX Livery.

On Order[edit]

Fleet
Number Range
Year Manufacturer Model Number Power type Engine Transmission Notes
1905-1906 2019 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
(G27D102N4)
CNG Unknown Unknown Additional FAX15 Buses. To begin service in 2019.
Unknown Proterra Catalyst BE40 Electric Unknown Eaton EEV-7202 First Electric Buses ordered by FAX. To enter service sometime in late 2019 or early 2020.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Public Transportation (FAX)". Fresno.gov. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "FAX : System Map" (PDF). Fresno.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  4. ^ a b [2] Archived August 28, 2005, at the Wayback Machine