RTD Expands FREE Rides to Cooling Centers Due to Extreme Heat

Stockton, CA—San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) will provide free connections to any of the twelve San Joaquin County’s cooling centers on days when temperatures are forecasted to be 100 degrees or hotter and as long as they remain open.  Complimentary trips are available on Local, Hoppers, and Van Go! services for those who need a ride to a cooling center. 

Bus, "Free rides to San Joaquin County Cooling Locations" "Local Service Stockton Boggs Tract Community Center, 533 S. Los Angeles St. M-F 8am-5pm" "Garden Acres Community Center, 607 Bird Ave. M-F 8am-5pm" "Gospel Center Rescue Mission* 445 S. San Joaquin St. Daily 8am-8pm" "Kennedy Community Center 2800 S. D St. M-F 8am-5pm" "Northeast Community Center 2885 E. Harding Way W 8am-5pm" "Taft Community Center 389 W. Downing Ave. M-F 8am-5pm" "Van Go! Service Thornton Thorton Community Center 26675 N. Sacramento Blvd. M-F 8am-5pm" "County Hopper Service Lodi Communit Center 415 S. Sacramento St. M-F 8am-5pm" "Tracy Larch Clover Community Center 11157 W. Larch Rd. M-F 8am-5pm" "Tracy Brand Library 20 E. Eaton Ave. M & Th 10am-8pm T 10am-7pm W 1pm-6pm F & Sa 10am-5pm Su 12pm-5pm" "Lolly Hansen Senior Center 375 E. 9th St. M-F 8am-4pm Sa 10am-6pm" "West Valley Mall 3200 N. Naglee Rd. M-Sa 11am-8pm Su 12pm-7pm"  SJReady San Joaquin RTD

Local and Hopper passengers should inform the bus operator that they are traveling to a cooling center upon boarding in order to ride at no cost.  Van Go! is only available on a space-available basis, customers will need to call (209) 943-1111, option 3, option 1 to book a same-day reservation. 

“It is not uncommon to experience heat soaring into the triple digits in San Joaquin County,” said RTD CEO Alex Clifford. “The close coordination with the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services allows RTD to quickly implement measures to assure the safety and wellness of our community.” 

To learn which routes goes to or near a cooling center, use the RTD’s Trip Planner and select a cooling center in the drop-down menu. 

San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) is the regional transit provider for San Joaquin County. RTD’s mission is to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation system for the region. For more information visit sjRTD.com, follow RTD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or call (209) 943-1111 

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