On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the Turlock City Council approved a resolution reducing the fares for fixed route and Dial-a-Ride services effective October 1, 2021. These changes include the following highlights:
No fare increases. All fares were reduced from the rates that were adopted in February 2020 and previously set to take effect on 10/1/21.
Youth ride for free. Children 18 years of age or younger can ride fixed route services for free.
Reduced prices for All-Day and 31-Day passes. See chart.
Single-Trip passes will no longer be sold. Passengers will instead be able to purchase an All-Day pass, which will be priced to match the Single-Trip pass price.
Local transfers will no longer be issued. This is not necessary now that period passes (All-Day pass, 31-Day pass) are used exclusively.
Regional transfers are still available to Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT).
These changes were adopted for a variety of reasons, including:
Simplifying the fare structure, making it easier to use and administer.
Ensuring transit remains affordable, particularly when so many riders continue to be negatively impacted financially from the ongoing pandemic.
Lowering fares help (re)build ridership.
Providing free fixed route trips for students makes it easier to attend school, as well as makes family trips on transit more affordable.
Providing affordable door-to-door service through Dial-a-Ride for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens (65 years of age or older).