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COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION


WESTWARD COMMUTE FACILITATED BY RAIL, BUS AND VANPOOL

San Joaquin region commuters make 120,000 daily trips west over the Altamont Pass to jobs located primarily in the Silicon Valley region.  To reduce traffic congestion and pollution caused by auto emissions, San Joaquin County implemented several transportation facilitation programs.  Measure K, a half cent sales tax for transportation, was approved by voters in 1990.  While some funds were earmarked for highway improvements, the number one project is Altamont passenger rail service.  Through Measure K the taxpayers of San Joaquin County have contributed more than $53 million in funding for the commuter rail service which has received national acclaim.  In 2006, $62 million of Measure K funds will be loaned to the State of California to be used for the widening of I-205.  San Joaquin County voters passed the 30-year extension of Measure K in 2006 and an estimated $3-to-5 billion will be available to support transporation projects, including highway improvements, through 2041.

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ALTAMONT COMMUTER EXPRESS
The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), is owned and operated by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, a Joint Powers Authority including San Joaquin County and the cities of Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton and Tracy.  ACE began operating commuter train service from San Joaquin County to Alameda and Santa Clara counties in October, 1998.  It operates four daily round-trip trains from the Stockton, Lathrop/Manteca and Tracy stations to stations in Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America and San Jose. Shuttle services are available to and from the stations. One-way, roundtrip, 20-trip and monthly rates are available ranging from $3.50 to $282.  Discounts are available for senior citizens, disabled persons and children.  http://www.acerail.com/

 Click the links below to obtain the most current train schedule and rates.

Train Schedule

Rates

COMMUTE TAX BENEFITS
The transit commuter benefit allows employers to give their workers up to $230 per month to cover transit costs as a tax-free benefit.  More information is available on the Transportation Equity Act at www.commutercheck.com or www.wageworks.com.

SAN JOAQUIN COMMUTER
Operated by the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), the San Joaquin Commuter is a subscription bus service for commuters who travel more than 50 mile one way; advanced reservations are required.  RTD has weekday service to Livermore, Dublin, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Pleasanton, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose and Sacramento with connecting service to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) to San Francisco and the East Bay. Passengers use Park-n-Ride lots located in Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Lathrop, Escalon, Ripon and Tracy. For more information please call or click San Joaquin RTD at (888) 802-WORK (9675), or www.sanjoaquinRTD.com.

FARES
Monthly subscription fares range from $128 - $207, determined by mileage.  Daily fares are $6-$14.

INTER-CITY
San Joaquin RTD's intercity fixed routes connect Stockton, Lodi, Lathrop, Manteca and Tracy. 

HOPPER
San Joaquin RTD's Hopper is a deviated fixed route bus service connecting Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Lathrop, Thornton, Woodbridge, Morada, and Linden to Stockton, Tracy and Lodi.  Most RTD Hopper routes will deviate up to 3/4 of a mile for a ADA-certified Elderly and Disabled passengers not able to reach the fixed route stops.  Reservations are required 1-2 days in advance for all Hopper deviations.

COMMUTE CONNECTION
This is a free one-stop commuter information service provided by the San Joaquin County Council of Governments.   The program maintains a database with thousands of commuters who are interested in sharing the ride to and from work.  They also have more than 180 vanpools - many looking for riders.  Commute Connection provides information on connections to transit such as SJRTD, ACE, and BART and works closely with employers to create ridesharing programs.  They can also help a company with employee retention during business relocation..

For more information, please call 1-800-527-4273 or visit www.commuteconnection.com.


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A Private Non-Profit Economic Development Corporation Serving San Joaquin County
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