On May 23, 2017, the Turlock City Council approved the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Transit Operations and Management contractor. This was necessary due to the existing contract with First Transit expiring at the end of November 2017. The new contract has a base term of just over 3-1/2 years with two, two-year extensions at the option of the City. The new contract specified several changes from the existing contract, to include: a minimum wage for drivers and dispatchers, uniform requirements, two full-time management positions (General Manager and Operations Manager), and liquidated damages provisions for the Contractor's failure to meet key performance measures (i.e. late departures, missed runs, etc.).
Beginning Monday, July 31, 2017, Turlock Transit will implement route modifications on Routes 1, 2, 3, and 6 to detour around the full closure of N. Golden State Blvd. and Fulkerth Rd. / Hawkeye Ave., immediately adjacent to the Turlock Regional Transit Center (TRTC). These modified routes are anticipated to remain in effect for approximately 45 days, though this is subject to extension based on progress by the City's contractor (working within the intersection) and the Union Pacific Railroad, which will be providing enhancements at the railroad tracks. All routes will continue to start and end at the TRTC. A diagram reflecting the changes is forthcoming. Keep reading for more detailed information.