San Joaquin Regional Transit District
|Transit type||Fixed Route Paratransit Commuter|
|Number of stations||Downtown Transit Center|
Mall Transfer Center
Hammer Lane Transfer Station
|Daily ridership||Total Annual Ridership (FY16)4,047,559 trips|
|Operator(s)||San Joaquin Regional Transit District|
National Express Transit Group
|System length||San Joaquin County / 1,426 square miles 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 35 fixed routes to the Stockton metropolitan area, including 4 Metro Express routes, RTD’s Bus Rapid Transit service. As of April 29th, 2018, RTD has a contract with National Express Transit, whom operates RTD's county services. County services includes six Interregional Commuter routes that serve Sacramento, the East Bay, (including Dublin/Pleasanton’s BART station,) and the Silicon Valley with subscription service available for commuters. In addition, National Express also operates both Metro and County Hopper Routes, along with the Intercity route 23.
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.
BRT Express is RTD’s express bus 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. BRT Express passengers are required to have a valid, pre-paid RTD bus pass or ticket to ride. Fare Vending Machines, located at BRT Express stops and the Downtown Transit Center (DTC), are available for passengers to purchase single ride, day, and 31-day passes. BRT 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. As of April 2nd, 2018, in partnership with RTD, Greyhound now uses the DTC as it's Stockton, California stop.
On average, 6,000 people use the DTC each weekday.
All Electric Fleet arriving 2025
In 2018 RTD introduced their first all-electric bus route. RTD plans to have a fleet of all electric buses by 2025. The current fleet of all-electric buses as of today, are manufactured by Proterra Inc.
On March 11, 2018 RTD introduced a system wide change to their SMA routes, which included map, scheduling and numerical changes. RTD has also rebranded their Metro Express Service to BRT Express.
Stockton Metropolitan Area Service
40 - BRT Express - Pacific Corridor: DTC - Hammer Triangle
43 - BRT Express - Hammer Corridor: Mariners – Hammer Triangle – Holman
44 - BRT Express - Airport Corridor: DTC – Stockton Metro Airport
47 - BRT Express - Midtown Corridor: DMV – DTC – Eastland Plaza – Fremont – Franklin HS
49 - BRT Express - MLK Corridor: Edison High - SJ Fairgrounds - Rancho San Miguel - Walgreens
510 - DTC - Amtrak - County Hospital - Honor Farm
515 - DTC - Boggs Tract - Lincoln - 8th - Pajaro
520 - DTC - California - West Lane - Kaiser
525 - DTC- Main - Oro - Gertrude School
535 - MTS - March Lane - Holman
545 - MTS - Country Club - Fontana
555 - DTC - Stanislaus - MLK - Weston Ranch
560 - DTC - Amtrak - Pixie Woods
566 - HTS - Thornton - Trinity Parkway
570 - MTS - Hammer - Tam O' Shatner
576 - DTC - Wilson Way - Alpine Sanguinetti
577 - DTC - Waterloo - Wilcox
578 - DTC - Pershing - MTS
580 - DTC - Wilson Way - B Street - Farmington - Section - Oro
Stockton Metropolitan Area (Limited Weekday Service) -
315 - MLK – San Joaquin – DTC Argonaut – 8th – Houston
340 - Morada – Holman – Alpine – Myrtle
345 - Malls – Kermit – Hammer – Kaiser
360 - Alpine – March – Holman – West Lane – Sanguinetti – Cherokee
365 - Kelly – Don – Otto
375 - CalWorks – Cherokee – Holman – Morada
380 - 10th St. – Airport – Nightingale – Franklin HS
385 - Farm – Togninali – Boeing – Frontage 99
390 - Pock – Oro – Myrtle – Cardinal – Togninali – Frontage 99
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 west Lane
710 - DTC – San Joaquin – Manthey – County Hospital
715 - 8th – MLK Blvd – Airport – Mariposa
720 - DTC – Cherokee
723 - Stockton – Lodi
725 - Acacia – DTC – Fremont – Main
745 - Malls – Pershing – Country Club
797 - Tracy – Lathrop – Stockton – Manteca
County Hopper Service (Weekdays Only)
90 - Tracy – Stockton
91 - Stockton – Manteca – Ripon
93 - Stockton – Lodi
97 - Tracy – Lathrop – Stockton
Interregional Commuter Service (Weekdays Only)
150 - RTD - BART - Commuter: Stockton, Lathrop, Manteca, Tracy, to Livermore and BART
152 - Stockton/Lathrop to Livermore
163 - Sacramento Via Highway 99
165 - Sacramento Via Highway 5
172 - Sunnyvale Route 172
173 - Sunnyvale Route 173
- RTD Welcomes Greyhound to DTC
- National Express Transit to operate San Joaquin RTD services
- 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