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Spanning from Modesto to Monterey, public transportation in Central California offers a stark contrast to those provided in the more affluent and urban regions in Northern and Southern California. These include transit options in the Central Valley, Yosemite Valley, and San Luis Obispo County.
Now: new showcase albums for various agencies in the Central Valley, from Modesto to Merced

Hearst Castle

These buses operate within Hearst Castle State Park, shuttling passengers between the Visitors Center and the Hearst Castle grounds, with panoramic views of the Pacific Coast and the rolling hillsides and mountains in San Luis Obispo County.

Merced The Bus

Merced County’s The Bus operates bus services within Merced County and neighboring communities, including Turlock in Stanislaus County. Local bus services are available in Atwater, Merced, and Winton, while other cities in Merced County are served by intercity lines from the City of Merced.

Modesto Area Express

Modesto Area Express is an agency out of Stanislaus County in the Central Valley. It operates routes mainly within the Cities of Modesto, Ceres (through its partner, Ceres Area Transit), and Salida. It also provides additional commuter services to select rail stations to allow commuters to travel to the San Francisco Bay Area, inlcuding:

  • Lathrop/Manteca ACE Station (weekday peaks only)
  • Route 25 to Modesto Amtrak station (daily service)
  • Dublin/Pleasanton BART (weekdays only)

Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT)

Stanislaus Regional Transit, stylized as StaRT, provides countywide transit services throughout Stanislaus County with a hub in Modesto. It also operates commuter and Medivan services linking the county with the San Francisco Bay Area.

Turlock Transit

Operating within the City of Turlock, Turlock Transit has six routes centered at Turlock Transit Center, serving local attractions including CSU Stanislaus, Monte Vista Crossings, Central Park, and more.

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)

YARTS operates as a commute service to and from Yosemite National Park, with services to Fresno, Madera, and Merced Counties, as well as seasonal services to Sonora and Mammoth Lakes. With its fleet of MCI D4500CT buses, it connects tourists and residents to and from one of America’s most scenic places of natural beauty.

Yosemite Park Bus

This service operates throughout Yosemite National Park, especially to places where serious hikers and adventure-seekers go, including Glacier Point, Tuolomne Meadows, and Badger Pass Ski Area.

Yosemite Valley Shuttle

Yosemite Valley Shuttle operates within Yosemite National Park, and it is free to the general public (with park access payment upon entry). It operates frequently in a long loop (from 7am to 10pm, every 10 to 20 minutes), with the main “hub” at the Valley Visitor Center.

Other shuttle services offered during the summer include:

  • El Capitan Shuttle (also operates in a loop, serving El Capitan Picnic Area and Bridalveil Falls)
  • Express Shuttle (runs between two of Yosemite Park’s parking lots)
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