The City of Escalon, through eTrans, San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) and Masabi has launched EZHub to simplify journeys across seven transit agencies in San Joaquin County.
EZHub, a cashless mobile ticketing and fare payment system, is available in the Vamos Mobility App from Kyyti that will make using public transit safer and easier to access and pay for throughout San Joaquin County. Once downloaded, transit riders can use the Vamos Mobility app to plan their journeys and, thanks to the addition of EZHub, purchase tickets for any of the seven participating transit systems. The app is available from both the App Store and Google Play by searching for “Vamos Mobility” or “EZHub”, connecting residents of San Joaquin County with affordable and clean local transit.
Riders on services provided by San Joaquin RTD, Manteca Transit, Tracy TRACER, eTrans, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), Lodi GrapeLine and Ripon Blossom Express can now use EZHub to purchase tickets via the Vamos Mobility app wherever, whenever and ride across the agencies networks. This will cover the regional bus and rail transit services throughout San Joaquin County and local bus transit service in the cities of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Tracy, and Escalon. Talks are ongoing to expand the app’s functionality beyond San Joaquin County, and to add further mobility partners.
Vamos is integrating EZHub using Masabi’s Justride SDK, enabling transit ticketing from within the Vamos Mobility app. This ground-breaking innovation will help open up ticketing across the region, giving people the freedom and flexibility to open a single app to plan a trip, get real-time information, and purchase a ticket in just a few taps.
“The launch of EZHub represents the dawn of a new era for transit riders in San Joaquin County and for Escalon residents,” said John Andoh, Transit Coordinator, City of Escalon. “From now on, not only will people be able to buy their tickets at anytime, anywhere, but that ticket will take them wherever they want to go in San Joaquin County, saving the hassle of keeping track of multiple tickets, schedules and services across different agencies. Masabi presented us with a compelling proposition, with a world-renowned product that will help streamline transit for people and communities, and we are delighted to have such an esteemed partner on board as we get to work making journeys smarter.”
“At Masabi, our Fare-Payments-as-a-Service approach to fare collection has brought time and cost-saving innovation to all sizes of transit agency across the world. Now, more than ever, when passenger safety is paramount, the reassurance of a fully contactless rider experience combined with an easier way to reach destinations throughout the region means that journeys can be undertaken safely and conveniently,” said Brian Zanghi, CEO of Masabi. “We’re excited about the launch of this ground-breaking regional project and pleased to bring the benefits of cashless technology to riders of all the agencies involved via a single solution.”
“SJCOG’s new regional fare payments system, EZHub, is a highly advanced solution to a technically complex problem. It seamlessly combines services from seven transit agencies. We are very happy to be the end user app provider for this project,” said Kyyti Group CEO Pekka Möttö. “We believe in making every day commuting more convenient and more sustainable. Working with Masabi allows us to seamlessly combine passenger information with mobile ticketing over many operators, all within one app.”
For more information about downloading and using EZHub, visit www.vamosmobility.com.
For information on eTrans, call (209) 541-6645 or visit www.cityofescalon.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 and is operated under contract by the City of Modesto – Modesto Area Express.
Created in 1968, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) is a joint-powers authority comprised of the County of San Joaquin and the cities of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy, Ripon, Escalon, and Lathrop. The role of SJCOG is to foster intergovernmental coordination - within San Joaquin County - and with neighboring jurisdictions; the other regional agencies for in the San Joaquin Valley; the state of California; and various Federal agencies.