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WE WANT YOU TO LEARN HOW TO RIDE MODESTO AREA EXPRESS (MAX)!

  • MAX goes just about everywhere! 
    This area is designed to help you familiarize yourself with our system.


TO CATCH A MAX BUS

  • MAX buses only stop at locations marked with a bench, shelter and/or sign. Call 521-1274 before riding to find out where you can catch the bus in your area.

    When at a marked stop, position yourself near the sign so the driver knows that you want to ride. The driver may not stop for you if it doesn't look like you want to ride. Back away from the curb as the bus approaches to avoid the mirror on the side of the bus.


WHEELCHAIR USERS

  • Each MAX route is wheelchair accessible. All MAX buses begin each day with working wheelchair lifts. However, lifts are susceptible to unpredictable breakdowns during operation.  All wheelchairs must be secured with tie-down straps while in the bus.  For detail on MAX's Tiedown Policy click here.


USING BIKE RACKS


BOARDING THE BUS

  • When boarding MAX, please have your pass, ticket or transfer ticket ready to give to the driver. When you are paying cash, please have EXACT change ready to deposit in the fare box before boarding the bus. Remember, the driver does not carry change!


EXITING THE BUS

  • One block before your stop, pull the cord over the window or push the yellow tape strip. The driver will then stop the bus as close to the next marked bus stop as can be done safely. Please exit through the rear door so that boarding passengers may enter through the front door.


TRANSFERRING FROM ONE MAX ROUTE TO ANOTHER

  • You may need to transfer to another route when you make a trip on MAX. Transferring is not difficult, and transfers between routes are FREE when traveling continuously in the same direction without stopping except to transfer to a different route. The driver will accept your transfer ticket if the bus you are transferring to is the first possible bus on that route that you can board after exiting the bus from which you transferred. You may not re-board the same route using a transfer.  You must pay another fare to ride if you do not board the first possible bus on the route to which you are transferring.

    Please request your transfer as you board. If you are planning to transfer and your bus is running late, please tell your driver. He will ask the driver of the bus you want to wait for you, if time allows.

    Additionally, a transfer can be made at any point along the MAX route network where two or more individual routes cross or meet. Please consult the route maps for such points.


TRANSFERRING FROM MAX TO StaRT, CERES DIAL-A-RIDE,
CERES AREA TRANSIT (CAT), AND eTrans (Escalon)
  • A transfer fee of 25 cents is available for those passengers desiring to transfer between MAX and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), Ceres Area Transit (CAT), Ceres Dial-A-Ride, or eTrans (Escalon). You must request your transfer from your driver when you pay your fare or purchase your day pass.

    CERES AREA TRANSIT (CAT) AND CERES DIAL-A-RIDE (DAR):  You can transfer to CAT or Ceres DAR at Hatch and Herndon from Route 29 or 42. Notify your MAX driver if you wish to transfer to Ceres DAR. The driver will contact Ceres DAR and arrange for a Ceres DAR vehicle to pick you up.

    ETRANS ROUTE 1: You can transfer to eTrans Route 1 from MAX Routes 22, 23, 27 and 37 at McHenry & Standiford Avenues.  Call (209) 541-6645 for more details.

     


HOW DO I PLAN A TRIP ON MAX?

  • When planning a trip on MAX, go to the "System Maps" tab on the menu to the left, and locate the route(s) that serve your area.  Once you have determined the route(s) in your area, click on the "Routes & Schedules" tab and locate the individual route tab to view detailed route information.  Below are instructions on how to read the maps and timetables.  You can also get this information in our printed "Ride Guide" and "System Route Map" available on every bus.  In addition, an individual timetable for each specific stop is posted at every bus stops.  For more help or information call 521-1274.


HOW TO READ THE MAPS
How To Read The Maps

HOW TO READ THE SCHEDULES
How To Read The Timetable
 
 

 


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