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RTD rolls out Van Go service similar to that of Uber, Lyft
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Van Go is on the go.

That’s new service of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District where up to four people can travel anywhere within their zone for $4, according to Victoria Gonzalez.

That zone includes Ripon, Manteca and Escalon, she said, speaking on behalf of RTD at the April 9 Ripon City Council meeting.

“This $4 fee is for one way or you could opt to pay $10 for a full day pass,” Gonzalez added.

The RTD vehicles are vans — distinct in that each of the Van Go fleet features the work of Vincent Van Gough, the Dutch post-impressionist painter — can accommodate up to eight passengers.

Services are similar to that of Lyft or Uber, where passengers can access or call RTD — online or mobile app — and arrange to get picked up or taken to place of destination.

Regular RTD buses, by contrast, operate on daily fixed schedules and routes.

Gonzalez noted that the operation for the RTD Van Go will be from Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“These vans are wheelchair accessible,” she said.

In addition, discount rates are available for seniors, military vets, those with disabilities, and Medicare cardholders.

“You can book as late as one hour before with a 30 minute window as this is an on-demand service,” Gonzalez said.

Council Member Parks asked if they could transfer to a bus outside of the zone. 

“They would need to pay for the second zone service,” she said.

For more information, log on to the website: SJRTD.COM/VanGo.