San Joaquin Regional Transit District

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 29, 2018, RTD has a contract with National Express Transit, whom operates RTD's commuter services. Commuter services includes three Interregional Commuter routes that serve Sacramento and the East Bay (Dublin/Pleasanton’s BART station), with subscription service available for commuters. In addition, National Express also operates both Metro and County Hopper Routes, along with the Intercity route 23.

San Joaquin Regional Transit District
San Joaquin RTD logo.png
LocaleStockton, California
Transit typeFixed Route Paratransit Commuter
Number of stationsDowntown Transit Center
Mall Transfer Center
Hammer Lane Transfer Station
Daily ridershipTotal Annual Ridership (FY16)4,047,559 trips
Operator(s)San Joaquin Regional Transit District
Official website
National Express Transit Group
System lengthSan Joaquin County / 1,426 square miles mile2 (3,854 km²)
BRT Express, formerly known as the Metro Express


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.

Access San JoaquinEdit

A consolidated transportation agency that was formed by local transit agencies and the San Joaquin Council of Governments in San Joaquin County, RTD was designated to be the CTSA for San Joaquin County. The local agencies that make up the board of the CTSA are:

  • Escalon eTrans
  • Ripon Blossom Express
  • City of Lathrop
  • City of Lodi Grapeline
  • Manteca Transit
  • Tracy Tracer
  • RTD

Programs that are currently offered include:

  • Centralized location for ADA Assessment for Paratransit (Dial-a-Ride) services for all transit agencies in the county.

Centralized location for Discount Fare Card assessment for senior citizens, people with disabilities and Medicare Card holders in the county.

  • Access Pass (Formerly the FREEdom Program): Allows all ADA Paratransit qualified passengers to ride most fixed route services offered by transit agencies in the San Joaquin County. All passengers who have been certified through Access San Joaquin will receive a Photo ID card. Passengers will show this card to bus operators to board as paid fare.
  • Travel Training: Someone with extensive knowledge of the transportation agencies will work together with senior citizens and passengers with disabilities to learn how to use the fixed route systems.
  • RTD Van Go! : RTD's own Ride Share or Mobility on Demand service, similar to RTD Go! Difference is that multiple passengers may ride in the same vehicle to different destinations. Currently this service only serves San Joaquin County (divided into 4 zones) and ride pick up and drop off must be within the same zone.[1] The service hours are from:
    • 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Weekdays
    • 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Weekends
  • Volunteer Incentive Program: A fuel reimbursement program for ADA certified passengers, for traveling to medical appointments in the San Joaquin County. ADA certified passengers can use this service option to choose their family and or friends to take them to their medical appointments. Passenger and Driver complete waiver forms, once forms are turned in, they are enrolled in the program.

For more information visit the Access San Joaquin Web Page

RTD's active rolling stockEdit

BRT Express
Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Fleet series Quantity Fuel Image
2006 Gillig BRT 40 1000s 3 Diesel hybrid
2010 Gillig BRT 40 6 Diesel hybrid
2011 Gillig BRT 40 6000s 2 Diesel hybrid
2012 Gillig BRT 40 12000s 6 Diesel hybrid
2014 NovaBus LFS Artic 60 14600s 6 Diesel hybrid
2016 Proterra Catalyst 40 16400s 7 Electric
SMA Routes
Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Fleet series Quantity Fuel Image
2006 Gillig Low floor 31 10 Diesel hybrid
2009 Gillig Low floor 40 3 Diesel hybrid
2010 Gillig Low floor 40 2 Diesel hybrid
2012 Proterra BEB 33 2 Electric
2013 Gillig Low Floor 40 20 Diesel hybrid
2016 Proterra Catalyst 40 3 Electric
Hopper routes
Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Fleet series Quantity Fuel Image
2006 Gillig Low Floor 29 6200s 11 Diesel hybrid
2012 Glaval Titan II low floors 26 1700s 22 Gasoline
Intercity route
Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Fleet series Quantity Fuel Image
2006 Gillig Low floor 40
  • 6200s
  • 6400s
  • 1700s
4 Diesel hybrid
Commuter routes
Year Manufacturer Model Length (feet) Fleet series Quantity Fuel Image
2001 MCI D4500 45 13000s 15 Diesel
2008 MCI D4500 45 1 Diesel
2018 Gillig Low floor suburban configuration 40 18000s Diesel hybrid

BRT ExpressEdit

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)Edit

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 2, 2018, in partnership with RTD, Greyhound now uses the DTC as its Stockton, California stop.

On average, 6,000 people use the DTC each weekday.

All Electric Fleet arriving 2025Edit

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.

Route ListEdit

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
378 - Mall – Pershing – DTC – B St. – Section – Oro
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)


Intercity Service
23 - Stockton - Lodi via west Lane

Weekend Service
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, excluding route 150)
150 - RTD - BART - Commuter: Stockton, Lathrop, Tracy, to Dublin/Pleasanton BART
152 - Stockton/Lathrop to Livermore Labs
163 - Sacramento Via Highway 99


  1. ^ "Van Go! | San Joaquin Regional Transit District". Retrieved 2019-04-22.

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