A temporary suspension of eTrans, the local bus system within the City of Escalon and to Modesto, began last week due to the ending of a contract with Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority effective 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022.
The City of Escalon is in the process of seeking a new operator to provide eTrans transit services. Until then, eTrans riders are being advised to take advantage of a couple of limited transportation options.
• RTD’s VanGo! can be reached by calling (209) 943-1111, option 3 for a fare of $4.00 within San Joaquin County only.
• Access San Joaquin MyRide volunteer transportation, by calling (209) 242-9965.
• eTrans On The Go! This is a subsidy program with Uber of which the City of Escalon will pay the first $10 of an Uber trip. The end user has to pay $2 first upon using the subsidy. Vouchers can be obtained at www.escalonetrans.org and users should download the Uber app available in the App Store for iOS users or Google Play for Android users.
Once an agreement is finalized with a new transit operations contractor, details will be posted at www.escalonetrans.org and made available to the current ridership via social media and the general media on the resumption of service. Persons with additional questions or concerns about the suspension of the transit services by the Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority may direct them to John Andoh, Transit Manager, City of Escalon at 209.691.7465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
eTrans is Escalon’s own bus system. The door-to-door dial-a-ride service operates within the City of Escalon and provides connection to Riverbank. The intercity Route 35 service operates between the Downtown Escalon Park and Ride Lot and Northwest Modesto serving Kaiser Permanente, Vintage Faire Mall and destinations on Kiernan Avenue, Dale Road, McHenry Avenue and Standiford Avenue, Monday through Friday. Transit Services are funded with State Transportation Development Act (TDA), Measure K and Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 funds. All transit services provided by eTrans are open and available to the general public.