|Defunct||Modesto Motor Bus Service; Intracity Transit|
|Headquarters||1001 9th Street|
|Service type||Bus service, Dial-a-Ride|
|Destinations||Urban Modesto; Modesto Transportation Center;Southern Pacific Railroad Depot (Modesto, California)Dublin/Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station; Lathrop/Manteca Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train station|
|Hubs||Downtown Transit Center, Vintage Faire Mall (Back of Mall, Dale Rd. Stop)|
|Fleet||MCI, Gillig, Proterra|
|Annual ridership||2,878,789 (2017)|
|Operator||National Express Transit Corporation|
Modesto Area Express, better known by the acronym MAX, is the primary bus agency serving over 200,000 inhabitants of Modesto, the county seat and largest city in Stanislaus County, California. MAX provides regular transit and dial-a-ride local service in addition to commuter feeder service to regional rail systems, BART, ACE and Amtrak's San Joaquin train.
Originally, passengers in Modesto were served by streetcars over the short-line Modesto Interurban Railway from 1911 to 1917, operated intermittently first by the Tidewater Southern Railway; the Modesto and Empire Traction Company was founded on October 7, 1911 and began regularly scheduled passenger service between Modesto and Empire on November 1 of that year. Passenger service was discontinued in 1917 after freight became more important.
Public bus transportation service in Modesto started on September 19, 1927, when the City Transit Company (CTC), a private venture, began operations under a city franchise. CTC ran a single bus on a 30-minute schedule, but soon added two more buses to expand service throughout Modesto.
City Transit told the City Council they would renew its liability insurance in June 1932 as a condition to keep the franchise; US$7,000(equivalent to $68,000 in 2020) that year.however, struggling with profitability, the franchise was transferred to a new owner three months later in September 1932. The privately-owned Modesto Motor Bus Service (MBS) took over and ran transit operations in Modesto through 1973, serving a peak of one million riders in 1945 due to wartime shortages of gasoline and automobiles. The 1955 map of four routes resembled a cloverleaf in shape; that year, MBS petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission to raise fares from 15 to 20 cents, with losses projected to be
By 1968, the unreliability of the aging MBS fleet led the city to purchase four new GM "old-look" transit buses, : 120 which were then leased to MBS to improve its financial health. At the time, MBS was owned and operated by Willis M. Kleinenbroich, who was responsible for maintaining, driving, and dispatching the buses. : 120 By 1973, with the service continuing to lose money, Kleinenbroich attempted to sell the company but found no private buyers; instead, it was acquired by the city of Modesto in 1973 and renamed to Intracity Transit. The city would continue to purchase several GM New Look buses in 1973 and 1976. Modesto subsequently rebranded it as Modesto Area Express in 1990.
As the New Look fleet aged, Modesto replaced them with mid-size Rapid Transit Series (1980),Gillig Phantom, and Gillig Low Floor buses; for the longer suburban/commuter express routes, Modesto has used MCI D-Series highway coaches.
On January 26, 2021, the Modesto City Council and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors each approved the merger of MAX with Stanislaus Regional Transit, forming a new Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority.
MAX operates the following standard hours:
There is no service on certain holidays:
On Presidents Day MAX runs Saturday service.
There is priority seating for older adults and persons with impaired abilities. All buses have wheelchair lifts and also offer bike racks.
There is express commuter service to the Amtrak station in Modesto, the ACE station in Lathrop and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.
|10||Modesto to Turlock|
|15||Modesto, Ceres, Keyes, Turlock|
|21||Downtown to Robertson Road|
|22||Downtown to McHenry/Vintage Faire Mall|
|23||Downtown to McHenry|
|24||Downtown to Sylvan Avenue|
|25||Downtown to Orangeburg/Vintage Faire Mall|
|26||Downtown to Carpenter Road|
|28||Downtown to Salida and Mall|
|29||Downtown to Crows Landing/JFK Training Center|
|30||Downtown to Modesto Junior College East Campus/Prescott Road/Vintage Faire Mall|
|31||Downtown to Modesto Junior College East/Tully/Pelandale Ave/Vintage Faire Mall|
|32||Downtown to Mable Avenue|
|33||Downtown to Poust Road/Modesto Junior College West Campus|
|35||Escalon Transit (eTRANS)|
|36||Downtown to Central Valley Plaza/Vintage Faire Mall|
|37||Downtown to Rumble Road/Vintage Faire Mall|
|38||Airport neighborhood (Empire & Oregon) - Downtown Modesto|
|40||Modesto, Grayson, Westley, Patterson|
|41||Downtown to Vintage Faire Mall Express|
|42||Downtown to Tucson Avenue/Community Services Building|
|44||Formerly Ceres Area Transit – Blacker & Hackett to Herndon & Hatch|
|45E||Patterson to Turlock|
|45W||Gustine, Newman, Crows Landing, Patterson|
|60||Modesto, Riverbank, Oakdale|
|61||Modesto, Empire, Waterford, Hickman, Hughson, Ceres|
|C||Turlock, Patterson, Dublin/Pleasanton BART station|
|ACE Commuter Express||Modesto, Vintage Faire Park & Ride, Lathrop ACE station|
|Stockton Commuter Express||Modesto, Vintage Faire Park & Ride, Manteca, Stockton|
|BART Commuter Express||Modesto, Vintage Faire Park & Ride, Dublin/Pleasanton BART station|
No fare to kids below 6 with fare-paying rider; up to 3.
|7 Day Pass||$15|
|31 Day Bus Pass||$58||$48||$29|
|Pack of 50 Single Ride Tickets||$100||$75||$50|
|31 Day Pass||$175|
|7 Day Pass||$50|
|20 Ride Ticket||$42|
Tickets are available for purchase on board the bus. Passes may be purchased in person at Modesto City Hall, at the MAX Office or by mail.Passes are also available for purchase in the Token Transit mobile ticketing app.
SINCE 1 FEBRUARY 2018: NO MAX transfers to other busses. Fares must be paid or use pass to board a bus. 25 cent transfer to other systems which include StaRT and CAT remain unchanged.
MAX connects to these transit agencies:
|Service||Type||Transfer point(s)||Connects to||MAX route(s)||Connecting route(s)|
|Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)||Commuter rail||Lathrop/Manteca||San Jose, Fremont, Santa Clara, Great America||ACE Express||ACE Rail|
|Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)||Metro/commuter rail||Dublin/Pleasanton||San Francisco Bay Area||BART Express||Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City line|
|WHEELS (Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority)||Bus||Dublin/Pleasanton||Alameda County, with limited service in Contra Costa County||BART Express||Routes 1, 2, 3, 8, 10R, 14, 20X, 30R, 54, 70X, 503, 580X|
|San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD)||Bus||Dublin/Pleasanton||San Joaquin County||BART Express||Route 150|
|County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, CCCTA)||Bus||Dublin/Pleasanton||Contra Costa County, including Clayton, Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and more||BART Express||Routes 35, 36, 97X, 636|
|Amtrak California||Bus||Dublin/Pleasanton||National and State connections||BART Express||Amtrak Thruway 6, 34|
|Rail||Amtrak Modesto Station||Route 25||San Joaquins|
|Escalon eTrans||Bus||multiple, including Vintage Faire Mall||Escalon||22, 25, 28, 30, 31, 36, 37, 41||ETRANS 1|
|Ripon Blossom Express||Bus||multiple, including Vintage Faire Mall||Ripon||22, 25, 28, 30, 31, 36, 37, 41||Blossom Express|
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