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Manteca Transit dealt ACE

System expanding to train station, northeast Manteca

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Manteca Transit dealt ACE

Manteca Transit buses will soon connect with ACE trains at the Lathrop/Manteca station.

HIME ROMERO/Bulletin file photo

POSTED May 23, 2014 2:07 a.m.

Manteca Transit riders in the coming months will be able to connect with the Altamont Corridor Express station to catch commuter trains running to San Jose.

It is part of an overall transit system strategy adopted by the Manteca City Council on Tuesday.

Other coming changes include:

• extending service into northeast Manteca via Louise Avenue as far east as the neighborhood where Prestige Senior Living is located.

• expanding service to south of the 120 Bypass.

• improving the website to make it easier to use as well as be able to purchase passes.

• exploring offering ticket sales elsewhere around town besides just at the Manteca Parks & Recreation Department office and the transit station.

• improving transit brochures to make them more effective.

• enhancing signage at stops to give more details about bus routes.

• improving fare box recovery for the fixed route by eventually increasing the per ride rate from $1 to $2. Currently fares collected cover 7 percent of the cost of operating the system. The city’s target is to have riders pay 15 percent of the system’s cost.

• offering fixed route service for Saturdays on a limited trail basis.

• revising routes to improve on-time efficiency that is now at 79 percent.

The council sidestepped the issue of rebranding the system with a new name and logo. They indicated that could happen down the road but only when buses are replaced to keep costs at a minimum.

Manteca’s passenger count was up 2,500 rider trips or 17 percent last year. Studies indicate there are 400 “core riders” that use the Manteca Transit buses extensively.

A survey showed that of those using the fixed route:

• 27 percent use buses to get to work,

• 26 percent use buses to go shopping

• 13 percent use buses to reach healthcare appointments.

Among Dial-a-Ride passengers:

• 50 percent use buses to reach healthcare appointments.

• 24 percent use buses to go shopping.

• 10 percent use buses for personal business.

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