MAX buses only stop at locations marked with a bench, shelter and / or sign. Use our Trip Planner or call 209-521-1274 before riding to find out where you can catch the bus in your area.
When at a marked stop, stand near the sign so the driver knows that you want to ride. The driver may not stop for you if it doesn't look like you want to ride. Back away from the curb as the bus approaches to avoid the mirror on the side of the bus.
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Each Modesto Area Express (MAX) route is wheelchair accessible. All MAX buses begin each day with working wheelchair lifts; however, lifts are susceptible to unpredictable breakdowns during operation. All wheelchairs must be secured with tie-down straps while in the bus. View details about MAX's Tiedown Policy (PDF).
Use your bike in combination with Modesto Area Express (MAX) to make your travel even more convenient! All MAX buses are now equipped with bike racks. Our bike racks accommodate 2 bikes at a time, and are designed to keep your bike away from the bus and other bikes. It's easy and convenient, loading takes less than 20 seconds.
No additional fare is required when using the bike racks, so whether you're on your way to work, school, or play, bring your bike along for the ride. For more information, see our Bike-N-Bus page.
When boarding Modesto Area Express (MAX), please have your pass, ticket or transfer ticket from other systems ready to give to the driver. When you are paying cash, please have exact change ready to deposit in the fare box. Remember, the driver does not carry change.
One block before your stop, pull the cord over the window or push the yellow tape strip. The driver will then stop the bus as close to the next marked bus stop as can be done safely. Please exit through the rear door so that boarding passengers may enter through the front door.
Modesto Area Express (MAX) to MAX bus transfers have been eliminated. Passengers must pay a fare or show a pass each time they board a bus. View connection and transfer information to get more information regarding the options available to you.
A transfer fee of 25 cents is available for those passengers desiring to transfer between Modesto Area Express (MAX) and Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), Ceres Area Transit (CAT), Ceres Dial-A-Ride, or eTrans (Escalon). You must request your transfer from your driver when you pay your fare or purchase your day pass.
You can transfer to CAT or Ceres DAR at Hatch and Herndon from Route 29 or 42. Notify your MAX driver if you wish to transfer to Ceres DAR. The driver will contact Ceres DAR and arrange for a Ceres DAR vehicle to pick you up.
You can transfer to eTrans Route 1 from MAX Routes 22, 23, 27 and 37 at McHenry & Standiford Avenues. Call 209-541-6645 for more details.
Planning a trip on Modesto Area Express (MAX)? If you need assistance planning a trip on, or if you have any questions about MAX, please call 209-521-1274 and we'll help. You can also use our Trip Planner powered by Google.
Field trips are welcome on our routes. Please call 209-521-1274 for information.
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