Kern Transit

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Kern Transit
Kern Transit logo.jpg
ParentKern County Roads Department
Founded1981 (1981)
Headquarters2700 M Street
LocaleBakersfield, California
Service areaKern County, California
Service typeBus service
Frazier Park,
Lake Isabella,
Annual ridership513,000 (2010)
Fuel typeCNG, Diesel
OperatorNational Express Transit

Kern Transit, formerly Kern Regional Transit, is the operator of mass transportation in Kern County, California. Primarily, it provides inter-regional transportation, connecting outlying regions with the City of Bakersfield (and with each other with a transfer in Bakersfield). It also provides inter-city transportation within specific regions. Kern Regional Transit is operated by the Kern County Department of Roads. The agency was founded in 1981. Its headquarters are located in Bakersfield.

In January 2017, operation of Kern Transit was taken over by National Express Transit.[1][2][3]


Originate in Bakersfield[edit]

Route Name Terminals Communities Served Connecting Services* Notes
Arvin/Lamont/Bakersfield Route (140,142, & 145) GET Downtown Transit Center
City Hall
Arvin, Bakersfield, Lamont
  • Routes 140 (North) and 145 (South) run Monday-Friday
  • Evening service (Rte 140) runs Monday-Thursday
East Kern Express (100) Amtrak Station
Bakersfield, Keene, Lancaster, Mojave, Rosamond, Tehachapi
  • Runs 7-days a week
Edison/Bakersfield Route GET Downtown Transit Center
Bus Shelter
Bakersfield, Edison
  • Runs Wednesday only
Frazier Park/Bakersfield Route (130) GET Downtown Transit Center
Post Office
Frazier Park
Bakersfield, Frazier Park, Lebec
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield Route (150) GET Downtown Transit Center
Veteran's Hall/Senior Center
Lake Isabella
Bakersfield, Lake Isabella
  • Runs 7 days a week
Lost Hills/Bakersfield Route (115) GET Downtown Transit Center
Post Office
Lost Hills
Bakersfield, Lost Hills, Wasco, Shafter,
  • Runs Thursday and Saturday only
North Kern Express (110) GET Downtown Transit Center,

Office Park & Commercial Way, and Valley Plaza

Delano Community Center
Bakersfield, Delano, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco
  • Runs 7 days a week
  • Bus stops at Valley Plaza weekends only
Westside Express (120) Amtrak Station
Jefferson School
Bakersfield, Taft
  • Runs Monday-Saturday

Other routes[edit]

Route Name Terminals Communities Served Connecting Services Notes
Boron/Mojave Route Inyo St & Hwy 14
Chaparral Ave & Borax Blvd
Boron, Mojave, North Edwards
  • Runs Wednesday only
Frazier Park Local (210) Frazier Park Lumber and Hardware
Frazier Park
Pine Mountain Club Frazier Park, Lake of the Woods, Pine Mountain Club, Pinon Pines Estates
  • Runs Thursday and Saturday only
Kern River Valley (220, 223, and 225 Valley View & Sierra Way
Easy St & Hwy 178
Bodfish, Kernville, Lake Isabella, Mountain Mesa, Onyx, South Lake, Weldon, Wofford Heights
  • Runs Monday-Saturday
Lamont/Weedpatch Route Main St & Panama Rd
Sunset Blvd & Vineland Rd
Lamont, Weedpatch
  • Runs 7-days a week
Lancaster/Ridgecrest Route (250) Mobil/Avenue J
Rite Aid
California City
California City, Mojave,

Rosamond, Lancaster

  • Runs Monday-Saturday
Mojave/Ridgecrest Route Inyo St & Hwy 14
City Hall
California City, Inyokern, Mojave, Ridgecrest
  • Runs Monday, Wednesday, Friday only

Hubs and connecting services[edit]

Bakersfield is the central hub for the inter-regional routes. Buses stop at the Downtown Transit Center (operated by Golden Empire Transit), or the Bakersfield Amtrak Station which is also located downtown, or both. Bus bays are used at the Amtrak Station, while none are available at the Transit Center. Buses instead park on Chester Avenue, in front of it. Depending on the route, Kern Regional Transit makes additional stops in Bakersfield, but are generally used either to board or discharge passengers (depending on the direction the bus is traveling).

Additional hubs are located in Frazier Park, Lake Isabella, and Mojave. Passengers transfer from inter-regional routes to inter-city routes that serve the specific region. Many of these routes were requested and funded by local governments, instead of operating their own transit system.

Some local governments have funded their own public transportation system, instead of relying on Kern Regional Transit. These include Arvin (Arvin Transit), Delano (Delano Area Rapid Transit), and Taft (Taft Area Transit). In addition, Shafter and Wasco provide their own Dial-a-ride service, which serves their communities.

Fare and schedule[edit]

Because of the variety of distances traveled, fares vary widely. As of 2011, a one-way trip can cost between $0.75 on the Mojave-Ridgecrest Route,[4] to $5.00 on the East Kern Express (traveling from Bakersfield to Lancaster).[5]

Operating days also vary greatly depending on the route. Most of the long distance inter-regional routes run 6 or 7 days a week. Shorter regional routes mostly run 1, 2, or 3 days a week. However, some run 6 or 7 days a week.


Because of the wide variety of demand for service in various areas, Kern Regional Transit uses a variety of vehicles. The fleet consists of 40-foot, 30-foot, and 21-foot buses which are used on scheduled routes depending on the number of riders.

All buses are equipped with wheelchair ramps, and offer bicycle racks. A portion of the fleet runs on compressed natural gas. The paint scheme is white, with "Regional Transit" in large letters in the center, on all sides. On the sides, a small "Kern Regional Transit" logo is directly in front of "Regional Transit", with the slogan "...your county connection" directly behind. Changeable signs, which list the destination city, are only on the front and left side of the bus.

Maintenance facility[edit]

The maintenance facility is located on Victor Street, just south of Olive Drive in Northwest Bakersfield. It contains parking for the entire fleet, shops, bus wash, and cleaning facilities. The facility does not contain the headquarters for the agency. That is located in the Public Services Building on "M" Street.


  1. ^ National Express Transit Expands Operations in California National Express November 14, 2016
  2. ^ Kern Transit to be under new operation next year KBAK-TV November 11, 2016
  3. ^ National Express Transit expands in California Coach & Bus Week December 2, 2016
  4. ^ Mojave-Ridgecrest Route Schedule. Kern Regional Transit. Effective: August 8, 2011. Accessed: 11-28-2011.
  5. ^ East Kern Express Route Schedule. Kern Regional Transit. Effective: June 3, 2007. Accessed: 11-28-2011.

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