San Joaquin Regional Transit District
|Operator(s)||San Joaquin Regional Transit District
|System length||San Joaquin County / 1,489 mile2 (3,854 km²)|
San Joaquin Regional Transit District (known as "San Joaquin RTD" or simply as RTD) is a transit district that provides bus service to the city of Stockton, California and the surrounding communities of Lodi, Ripon, Thornton, French Camp, Lathrop, Manteca, and Tracy. San Joaquin RTD operates 36 fixed routes to the Stockton metropolitan area, including 2 Metro Express routes, RTD’s Bus Rapid Transit service. RTD currently contracts with MV Transportation for the operations of 14 RTD Interregional Commuter routes that serve Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Dublin/Pleasanton’s BART station, with subscription service available for commuters. In addition, MV operates five RTD deviated fixed routes that are served by Metro Hopper buses connecting Ripon, Manteca, Lathrop, Thornton, Woodbridge, French Camp, Morada, and Linden to Stockton, Tracy, and Lodi. MV also operates two RTD Intercity routes connecting Stockton with Lodi, Tracy, and Manteca. Total annual ridership for calendar year 2008 was 5 million trips, and Interregional ridership for fiscal year 2008 totaled 328,476 trips.
In 1963, legislative groundwork began for the establishment of a public transit special district in Stockton, and in 1965, the Stockton Metropolitan Transit District (SMTD) began providing service for the residents of Stockton. In late 1979, SMTD moved operations from Grant and Channel Streets to its current Lindsay Street facility. In 1985, SMTD adopted the nickname “SMART.” In 1990, SMART began providing fully accessible fixed route and Dial-A-Ride services for the elderly and persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. In 1994, enabling legislation expanded SMART’s service area to the San Joaquin County border, bringing with it a name change to reflect its expansion - San Joaquin Regional Transit District, or SJRTD for short. That same year, SJRTD expanded its Interregional Commuter service to offer additional routes to commuters traveling to the Bay Area and Sacramento. In 2004, SJRTD adopted “San Joaquin RTD” as its new corporate identity and developed a new logo. That same year, RTD introduced low-emission diesel-electric hybrid buses via its “Flower Bus,” with a full-wrap sunflower display designed to complement the slogan “A Breath of Fresh Air.” At the end of 2006, RTD opened the Downtown Transit Center for the public, with a floor for employee offices.
RTD's Hybrid Buses
In 2006, RTD led a consortium of 11 transit agencies in purchasing 157 GM diesel-electric hybrid buses consisting of eight other California transit authorities, RTC RIDE (formerly Citifare) of Reno, Nevada, and ABQ RIDE of Albuquerque, New Mexico. ABQ RIDE eventually backed out of the consortium, choosing to order buses directly from New Flyer instead. San Joaquin RTD's first low-emission hybrid bus was delivered and introduced into service in 2004. In September 2007, RTD had 33 hybrid buses, representing 30% of its full-size Metro fleet. RTD chose hybrid buses because they use an electric motor and a smaller diesel engine to save fuel and protect the environment. RTD’s low-emission hybrid buses reduce carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), and particulate matter (PM) up to 90%, and oxides of nitrogen (Nox) up to 50%.
At the present time RTD has several different configurations of its Gillig Advantage Diesel/Electric Hybrid buses
The 6000 series is currently the buses being operated on RTD's Metro Express Route 40. These buses produced by Gillig have been specifically designed for Bus Rapid Transit. They have a unique design to distinguish them from other RTD coaches. The 6000 series buses have a low floor special design that is wider in the front of the coach to create easier access for wheelchair users. Wheelchair users board the coach using a ramp deployed out the front door. These buses also have a wider rear door for faster boarding/exiting.
The 6200 series is RTD's 29-foot (8.8 m) configuration of the hybrid bus. These buses have one door for entering/exiting.
The 6300 series is RTD's 35-foot (11 m) low floor configuration of the hybrid bus. These buses have dual door access for boarding and alighting.
The 6400 series is RTD's 40-foot (12 m) low floor configuration of the hybrid bus. These buses have dual door access for boarding and alighting.
These hybrid buses are equipped with Continental-Siemens TransitMaster CAD\AVL technology which provides ADA-compliant voice announcement and interior LED destination signs. For passenger and operator safety, the buses are equipped with GE Digital Security cameras. Hybrid bus headsigns are produced by TwinVision. Each hybrid bus is equipped with bike racks for two bikes.
Metro Express is RTD’s Bus Rapid Transit service, and uses uniquely branded, low-emission diesel-electric hybrid buses that arrive at their stops every 15 minutes during weekday peak hours and every 30 minutes on weeknights, weekends, and holidays. Metro Express passengers are required to have a valid, pre-paid RTD bus pass or ticket to ride. Fare Vending Machines, located at Metro Express stops and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), are available for passengers to purchase single ride, 10 ride, 1-day, and 31-day unlimited ride passes before boarding. Metro Express uses the same fare structure and passes as RTD’s regular fixed routes, and passes issued by the Fare Vending Machines can be used on any of RTD’s regular fixed routes.
The Downtown Transit Center (DTC)
Completed December 2006, the DTC has three off-street bus lanes, two passenger boarding platforms, and a two-story building. Nearly all RTD routes connect at the DTC, which has 20 sheltered, off-street bus stops as well as additional streetside stops on the north and south sides. The DTC building incorporates the façades of three historic buildings (Hart & Thrift, Bower, and Delta) on its front elevation. The first floor of the DTC has a waiting area, public restrooms, and a customer service center where riders can get maps and schedules, purchase fares, and make customer comments. RTD leases 2,100 square feet (200 m2) of retail space for a restaurant on the east end, and a police satellite station provides the DTC with two RTD-contracted police officers. A boardroom available for public meetings occupies the west end of the first floor and RTD administrative offices occupy the rest of the building.
On average, 6,000 people use the DTC each weekday.
Stockton Metropolitan Area Service
40 - Metro Express - Downtown Transit Center (DTC) - Pacific Avenue -Hammer Lane
43 Metro Express - Hammer Corridor: Mariners - Hammer Triangle - Holman
44 - Metro Express - Downtown Transit Center (DTC) - Airport Way -Stockton Metro Airport
51 - El Dorado - San Joaquin - Malls - Amtrak - SJ Co. Hosp.
52 - California - West Lane - Kaiser - DTC - Honor Farm
54 - San Joaquin - Houston - Manthey / Lincoln - Amtrak - DTC
55 - MLK Jr. Blvd - Stanislaus - DTC / Stanislaus - Weston Ranch
60 - West Fremont - DTC - Monte Diablo - Pixie Woods
61 - Fontana - Alpine - Malls - Pershing - Country Club - DTC
61 - Fontana - Pershing - Malls - Country Club - Section/Oro (Weekday Night Service interlined with Route 80 after 7:05 PM)
63 - Malls - Ben Holt - Cumberland / Cumberland - Ben Holt - Robinhood - Malls
65 - Kelley - Don - Otto / Swain - Malls (Weekdays Only)
65 - Pershing - Don - Wagner Heights / Otto - Meadow - Malls (Weekend/Holiday)
66 - Ponce de Leon - Hickcock - Spanos Park West / Davis - Woodcreek - Hammer
68 - Ben Holt - Plymouth - Malls / Swain - Ben Holt - Cumberland - Worchester (Weekend/Holiday)
71 - West Lane - Kaiser - Holman - Bianchi - Malls
73 - West Hammer - Mariners / East Hammer - Holman
74 - West March Lane - Malls - Hammer Lane - Morada / East March Lane - Malls - Social Security (Weekdays)
75 - CalWORKs - Cherokee - Holman - Malls - Bryant - DTC (Weekdays)
76 - Eastland Plaza - Sanguinetti - Wilson - DTC / Wilson - DTC - Los Angeles
77 - Eastland Plaza - Filbert - Waterloo - DTC / Miner - DTC
80 - DTC - Pershing - Malls - Oro / Fontana - Pershing - Malls - Country Club - Section/Oro (Weekday Night Service interlined with Route 61 after 7:05 PM)
81 - El Dorado - Malls - Knickerbocker / El Dorado - Malls - DTC
83 - Airport Way - DTC - Myrtle - Main/Gertrude
85 - Togninali - "B" Street - Airport Way / Ralph - Transworld - Stockton Airport
Stockton Metropolitan Area (Limited Weekday Service) -
310 - Grant - MLK - DTC / MLK - El Dorado - 8th
315 - MLK Blvd - San Joaquin - DTC / Arognaut - Eighth - Houston (Summer Service Suspended: See Route 54)
325 - Pacific - Waterloo - Myrtle / Eastbound - (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 77 & 83)
330 - Picardy - Pershing - Malls / Pershing - Monte Diablo - DTC (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 60, 61, & 80)
335 - Pershing - Worchester - Thornton / Otto - Kelley - Meadow - Malls
340 - Morada - Holman - Bianchi / Bianchi - Holman - Morada (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 23, 71 & 73)
345 - Kermit - Hammer - Kaiser / Tam O'Shanter - Kermit - Malls
360 - Alpine - March - Holman / West Lane - Sanguinetti - Cherokee (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 75 & 76)
370 - Airport - Myrtle - Rosemarie / DTC - Airport (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 55, 80, 83 & 85)
380 - Myrtle - DTC - Charter / Myrtle - 10th Street (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 80, 83 & 85)
390 - Pock - Oro - Myrtle / Cardinal - Togninali - Frontage 99 (Summer Service Suspended: See Routes 77, 83 & 85)
Trolley Service (Evening/Special Events Loop)
19 - Downtown Stockton (Operates only when an event occurs)
Metro Hopper Service (Weekdays Only)
1 NORTHWEST STOCKTON
2 NORTHWEST STOCKTON
3 NORTH STOCKTON
4 CENTRAL STOCKTON
5 CENTRAL STOCKTON
6 NORTHEAST STOCKTON
7 SOUTH STOCKTON
8 NORTHEAST STOCKTON
9 SOUTHEAST STOCKTON
23 - Stockton - Lodi via Lower Sacramento
27 - Manteca - Stockton Airport - Lathrop - Tracy
County Hopper Service (Weekdays Only)
90 - Stockton - Lathrop - Tracy
91 - Stockton - Manteca - Ripon
92 - Stockton - French Camp - West Lathrop
93 - Stockton - Lodi
97 - Tracy - Lathrop - Stockton
Interregional Commuter Service (Weekdays Only)
150 RTD - BART Commuter
152 - Livermore 2 / Stockton - Manteca - Livermore
154 - Manteca - Livermore #2
163 - Stockton - Lodi - Downtown Sacramento via Highway 99
165 - Stockton - Downtown Sacramento via Interstate 5
173 - Northrup Grumman & Sunnyvale / Stockton - Manteca - Tracy - Sunnyvale
- RTD Main Site
- RTD fired employees for Grand Jury testimony
- RTD Wins APTA Grand Award for Electronic Media
- Stockton Record, October 6, 2009 RTD Introduces Metro Hopper Service
- Grand Opening of RTD's Mall Transfer Station, April 23, 2009
- RTD's Response to the grand jury report
- Official Grand Jury Report
- Stockton Record, June 21, 2008 article detailing the grand jury report
- News 10, June 20, 2008 Interview
- Stockton Record, July 7, 2008 article about RTD's plans to increase fares across the board
- List of San Joaquin RTD routes and descriptions