Fourteen bus stop shelters - complete with benches, trash receptacles, and solar lighting - will start popping up around Manteca in the coming months.
The Manteca City Council next month is expected to award a bid for $106,400 for the installation of the shelters that have already been purchased using federal transit and stimulus funds. The money can only be used for transit related-projects. The goal is to have the shelters in place before the rainy season starts.
Bus shelters will be placed at the 14 heaviest used locations. They are North at Cottage (Doctors Hospital), Northwoods at Yosemite (Grocery Outlet), Pestana at Yosemite (In-Shape), Spreckels at Norman (Target), Center at Magnolia (Civic Center), Yosemite at Union (Save Mart), Stadium Retail Center, Yosemite at Union (McDonald’s), Main at Mission Ridge (Walmart), The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, Main at Louise (Walgreens), Main at Louise (La Estrella), Union at Lathrop (Almond Terrace), and Cherry at Eucalyptus (Senior Center). The three Main Street shelters will also serve Regional Transit buses that offer service to Stockton.
Manteca Transit ridership hit a record 5,572 riders in June on both the fixed route and Dial-A-Ride service combined. That is up 32 percent over last year when 4,213 passengers rode the buses. Ridership has grown yearly since service was launched in 2009. The June 2009 ridership was at 3,540 passengers.
The transit station now under construction at South Main Street and Moffat Boulevard will serve as the hub for Manteca Transit when it is completed in April of 2013.
Eventually the shelters as well as Manteca Transit buses may have paid advertising. Staff will develop an advertising policy and present it to the City Council for consideration.
Manteca Transit fixed route buses and Dial-A-Ride buses run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. While Dial-A-Ride door-to-door service is restricted on weekdays to the handicapped, a general Dial-A-Ride service is available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fare each way is $2. Exact change is required as drivers do not carry change.
For more information call Manteca transit at 239-9236 or go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/mantecatransit/