Starting Saturday, it will cost as much as 25 cents more to ride a Modesto Area Express bus and an additional 50 cents to use Modesto Area Dial A Ride, the first fare increases for both services in six years.
MAX also is debuting changes to some routes Saturday in an effort to have more buses reach their destinations on time and increase capacity on heavily used routes.
The changes include adding an express route for Route 21 between Paradise and Robertson roads and the Downtown Transportation Center and buses running every 30 minutes instead of 60 minutes on Route 22 on Saturdays. The heavily used route connects the transportation center with Vintage Faire Mall by way of McHenry and Standiford avenues.
MAX officials say the fare increases are necessary for Modesto to come into compliance with a state law that requires fares cover at least 20 percent of the transit system’s operating costs.
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The increases include raising cash fares for MAX buses from $1.25 to $1.50 for adults; $1 to $1.25 for students; and 60 cents to 75 cents for seniors and the disabled. An all-day pass is increasing from $2.75 to $3.25. Dial A Ride is increasing from $2.50 to $3.
More information about the fare increases, route changes and other changes is available by calling (209) 521-1274 or online at modestoareaexpress.com.