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Bus, rail service may play key role in relieving congestion
High speed rail one day could serve Altamont Commuter Express passengers heading to San Jose. - photo by Rendering contributed

How Manteca could ease future traffic congestion reads like a wish list.

The possible scenarios for inner- and inter-city transit solutions identified in the city’s general plan that serves as a blueprint for growth include:

• exploring opportunities with the Manteca Unified School District for joint-use public transit to provide both student transportation and local transit service.

• encouraging Greyhound to re-establish interstate bus service to Manteca. The last Greyhound Bus stopped here over 18 years ago.

• developing land uses in new sections of the city in such a manner that new transit routes would be within a quarter mile walk of a substantial percentage of new households.

• supporting efforts to established improved commuter service accessible in Manteca or nearby via Altamont Commuter Express, Amtrak, and high speed rail. That includes possible high speed rail service over future ACE lines crossing the Altamont to knock more than an hour off the commute.

• encouraging ride sharing and vanpooling opportunities.

• requiring new development to include the installation of transit stops adjacent to key intersections by providing bus turnouts and sheltered stops.

• promote the development of park-and-ride facilities near Instate 5, the 120 Bypass, and Highway 99.

The general plan mandated by the state was passed in 2003. Since then there have been several transit related goals listed that have been implemented

They include:

• the creation of shuttle style bus system in Manteca.

• enhancing parking and access to the Altamont Commuter Express train station on West Yosemite Avenue.

• building a transit station which is now underway.

• working with Union Pacific Railroad to expand freight services.