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MAX Routes & Schedules Modesto Area Dial-A-Ride Transit Oversight & Planning
1001 9th St
Modesto, CA
(209) 521-1274
TDD (for hearing impaired)
(209) 527-4900 City of Modesto
Public Works Department-Transit
1010 Tenth Street
Modesto, CA
(209) 577-5295

Additional information is available by calling: 521-1274 (VOICE OR TDD)

VOICE OR TDD Information is available during the following hours:
6:00am - 7:00pm, Monday - Friday
8:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday
9:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday

IN PERSON Information is available during the following hours:
6:00am - 7:00pm Monday-Friday
8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday
9:00am - 5:00pm Sunday


6:00 am - 7:45 pm, Mon- Fri
7:45 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday
8:45 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday
MAX does not operate on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day (observed)
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Presidents' Day (observed) service provided on a Saturday schedule.

MAX buses only stop at locations marked with a bench, shelter and/or sign. Use our Trip Planner or call 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.

Certain seats on the bus are designated as priority seating for passengers with disabilities and seniors. The bus operator may request an ambulatory passenger occupying priority seating to move if a passenger with disabilities or a senior boards. Your cooperation in honoring such requests is appreciated.

Use your bike in combination with 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 brochure.

Each 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. For detail on MAX's Tiedown Policy click here.

When boarding MAX, please have your pass, ticket or transfer ticket 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.

MAX provides direct service between Modesto and the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) train station in Lathrop, and between Modesto and the Pleasanton/Dublin BART station. For additional information please call 521-1274.

  • No smoking is allowed on the bus.
  • No eating or drinking on the bus.  All food and drinks must be in completely sealed containers.  Beverages must have screw-on lids. No drinks with straws allowed.
  • Personal items must be carried into the bus in one trip.  They shall be kept out of the aisle and out of the way of other passengers. Strollers, and recreational scooters must be folded.  No garbage, trash, or rubbish of any nature is allowed, including recyclable items. The driver may require removal of any item he/she determines to be hazardous.
  • No animals allowed, except in carriers that can be placed outside of aisle, or service animals, (guide dogs, etc.)
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn on the bus.  Roller blades may not be worn.
  • Profanity (swearing or cursing) is not allowed.
  • No sound equipment may be played on the bus, unless sound cannot be heard by other passengers.
  • No weapons of any kind, or flammable liquids.
  • No boisterous or unruly behavior allowed.
  • Misuse of transfers, passes, or tickets with the intent to evade fare payment is illegal.
  • Expectorating (spitting) upon system facilities or vehicles is illegal.
  • No littering in or on buses, or at bus stops.
  • No talking to the driver while bus is moving.
  • In consideration of others, please do not talk on your cell phone while on the bus.

Violation of rules may result in driver not permitting passenger to board the bus, a $250 fine, and/or suspension of service according to the Passenger Conduct Policy available on the website (see below) or at the MAX office.

For detail on MAX's Bulky Item Policy please contact the MAX office at 1001 9th Street, Modesto, CA 95354, phone 209.521.1274, or click here.

For detail on MAX's Passenger Conduct Policy please contact the MAX office at 1001 9th Street, Modesto, CA 95354, phone 209.521.1274, or click here.

Evening and additional Sunday transit service is available to the general public on the City's Dial-A-Ride system. Evening service for the general public on Dial-A-Ride is available between 6 pm and 11 pm Monday through Friday. Sunday service for the general public on Dial-A-Ride is available between 8 am and 6 pm. Please call 527-4900 for further details.

Planning a trip on MAX?  If you need assistance planning a trip on, or if you have any questions about MAX, please call 521-1274 and we'll help. You can also use our Trip Planner powered by Google located on our home page.

Field Trips: Field trips are welcome on our routes. Please call 521-1274 for information.


Times shown on the schedules pages on www.ModestoAreaExpress.com are approximate due to varying traffic, weather and other conditions.

MAX'S Non-Discrimination Statement
Modesto Area Express (MAX) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in program services pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination under Title VI on the basis of race, color or national origin may file a complaint with MAX.  To receive additional information on MAX's non-discrimination obligations, or to file a compliant, please call the MAX administrative office at 209-577-5295 or write to: City of Modesto, Transit Division, P.O. Box 642, Modesto, CA 95353. Click on Complaint Procedures, Complaint Form, or Title VI Plan for details.

MAX is committed to providing safe, reliable and accessible transportation services.  To ensure equality and fairness, MAX is committed to making reasonable modifications to its policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. To find out more about this policy, or to make a request, email transit@modestogov.com, or call the MAX office at 209-521-1274.

MAX'S Reglas de No Descriminacion

Modesto Area Express (MAX) se compromete a una norma de no discriminación en sus programas de servicio de acuerdo a los requisitos del Artículo VI del Acto Derechos Civiles de 1964. Cualquier persona que crea que ha sido discriminada bajo el Artículo VI basado en raza, color, u origen nacional puede asentar una demanda con MAX. Para recibir más información acerca de las obligaciones de no discriminación de MAX o para archivar una demanda, favor de llamar al 209-577-5295 o escriba a: City of Modesto, Transit, P.O. Box 642, Modesto CA 95353.

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MAX se ha comprometido a proveer servicio de transportación seguro, accesible,y de confianza para asegurar la igualdad y justicia. MAX se ha comprometido a modificar sus políticas, practicas, y procedimientos para evitar la discriminación and asegurar que sus programas y servicios son accesibles a individuales dehabilitados. Para más información de esta política, o para hacer una solicitud, por favor mande un correo electrónico a transit@modestogov.com o llamar a la oficina de MAX al 209-521-1274

Notices about bus system changes are posted on the panel behind the driver. Read them regularly so you won't miss the bus.


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