Merced County Transit

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The Bus, formerly known as Merced County Transit, provides transit services to Merced County in the Central Valley area of California. The bus service is administered by the Transit Joint Powers Authority of Merced County, with services contracted out to National Express Transit, a subsidiary of National Express.

History

  • Established in January 1995 as Merced County Transit after the consolidation of Merced City Shuttle, Merced County Regional Transit System, and a dial-a-ride service in the city of Los Banos.[1]

Routes

Hours of operation are from 5:35am to 11:09pm on the weekdays, and from 6:30am to 7:21pm on the weekends. Bus service does not operate on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Schedules

Route No. Destination Days Notes
Atwater routes
A1 Atwater Loop Mon-Sun
A2 Winton Way Mon-Sun
A3 Castle Crosstown Mon-Sun
Los Banos routes
LB1 Pacheco Route Mon-Sun
LB2 Los Banos Crosstown Mon-Sun
Merced routes
M1 Merced West Mon-Sun
M2 R Street Shuttle Mon-Sun
M3 M Street Shuttle Mon-Sun
M4 G Street Shuttle Mon-Sun
M5 Merced South-East Mon-Sun
M6 Olive Loops Mon-Sun
UC UC Merced Weekdays Rides are free for students with a UC Merced ID card.
Intercity routes
L Livingston Commuter Mon-Sun
LB Los Banos Commuter Mon-Sun
P Planada Commuter Mon-Sun
T Turlock Commuter Mon-Sun
W Winton Commuter Mon-Sun
Paratransit routes
DP Dos Palos Link Mon-Sat
G Gustine Link Mon-Sat
H Hilmar Link Mon-Fri

Fares

Current

Facilities

Offices

  • Address: 369 W. 18th St., Merced, CA 95340
  • E-mail: customerservice@mercedthebus.com
  • Phone:
    • Administration: 209-723-3100
    • General Info: 209-725-3813
    • Dial-A-Ride: 209-384-3111 or 800-345-3111

Garage

  • Address: 880 Thornton Road, Merced, CA 95340
  • Fax: 209-725-3655
  • Phone: 209-385-7600

Merced Transpo

  • Address: 710 W. 16th St., Merced, CA 95340

Fixed Route Roster

Current

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
M-72 to M-77 2001 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C18B102N4)
Cummins ISC Allison B400R
  • M76 & M77 were 2002 models.
  • Most units retired in 2015.
  • M73 & M77 were bought by Las Vegas Bus Sales.
  • 2 units were bought by Transit Sales International in March 2016.
M-150 to M-156 2011 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9
M-157 to M-163 2012-2013 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 M-157 and M-158 are 2012 models, while M-159 to M-163 are 2013 models.
M-164 to M-169 2015 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9

On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
(4 buses) 2017 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9 [2]

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
M-7,
M-30 to M-39
2004 Chevrolet/
ElDorado National
C5500/
Aero Elite 290
GMC Vortec 8.1L V8 gasoline 2005 models.
M-50 to M-55,
M-58 to M-60
1997 Blue Bird Q-Bus
(QBRE2903)
M-64 2000 Blue Bird Q-Bus
(QBRE3703)
M-65 2001 Blue Bird Q-Bus
(QBRE3703)
M-70 to M-71 2001 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B102N4)
Cummins ISM Allison B400R
  • Retired circa 2015.
  • M70 was bought by Transit Sales International in March 2016.
M-78 to M-81 2003 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C20B102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR
M-90 to M-98 2006 OBI Orion VII CNG
(07.502)
John Deere 6081H
M-99 to M-102 2009 OBI Orion VII NG CNG
(07.502)
Cummins Westport ISL G

All-Time Dial-A-Ride Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
M-20 to M-25 2011 Ford/
Glaval
E-450/
?
Ford 6.8L Triton V10 Ford TorqShift 5R110W
M-21 to M-24 2001 Ford/
ElDorado National
?/
Aerotech
M-25 to M-29 2002 Ford/
ElDorado National
?/
Aerotech
M-40 to M-49 2007 Ford/
Glaval
E-450/
?
Ford 6.8L Triton V10 Ford TorqShift 5R110W
M-213 to M-218 2009 Ford/
Glaval
E-450/
?
Ford 6.8L Triton V10 Ford TorqShift 5R110W
M-401 to M-406 2007 Ford/
Glaval
E-450/
?
Ford 6.8L Triton V10 Ford TorqShift 5R110W
M-407 to M-412 2008 Ford/
Glaval
E-450/
?
Ford 6.8L Triton V10 Ford TorqShift 5R110W
M-419 to M-429 2014? Chevrolet/
ARBOC
?/
Spirit of Mobility
M-430, M-434 to M-435 2015 Chevrolet/
ARBOC
4500/
Spirit of Mobility
GM Vortec 6.0L V8 GM Hydra-Matic 6L90 8 cutaway buses in total.
(3 minivans) ? ? ? [2]

References

  1. TCRP Report 101 - Toolkit for Rural Community Coordinated Transportation Services (pg. 302), Transportation Research Board. Dated 2004, retrieved on June 26, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Notice of Regular Meeting of the... (pgs. 20-23), Merced County Association of Governments. Dated February 18, 2016, retrieved on June 26, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Notice of Regular Meeting of the... (pgs. 24-35), Merced County Association of Governments. Dated April 21, 2016, retrieved on June 13, 2016.

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