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RTD Offers Free Rides To Cooling Centers During Heatwave

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will provide free rides to any of the cooling centers in San Joaquin County while temperatures are forecasted to be 100 degrees or higher and cooling centers are open. Complimentary trips are only available on Express, Local, Hopper, Van Go!, and ADA paratransit services.

To receive a complimentary trip, passengers should inform their bus driver that they are traveling to a cooling center upon boarding the bus. For paratransit service, ADA-eligible passengers may reserve trips to a cooling center in Stockton in advance. For more information visit RTD’s Van Go! is also available while seats are available. For more information on how to book Van Go! rides, visit

“RTD is committed to doing our part to help the safety and well-being of our community during times of extreme heat,” said RTD CEO Alex Clifford. “Through this initiative, we aim to provide a convenient and accessible transportation option for members of our community to safely reach cooling centers throughout San Joaquin County.”

To learn which routes go to or near a cooling center, use RTD’s Trip Planner and select a cooling center in the drop-down menu.

For the latest information on cooling centers and safety tips, visit the County Office of Emergency Services website at

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. For more information visit, follow RTD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111.