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.
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.
Click the links below to obtain the most current train schedule and
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
|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
Monthly subscription fares range from $128 - $207, determined by mileage. Daily
fares are $6-$14.
San Joaquin RTD's intercity fixed routes connect Stockton, Lodi, Lathrop, Manteca and
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.
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.