Public transit in
Madera County includes Madera Area Express, Dial-A-Ride, Madera
County Connection, Chowchilla Area Transit Express, a number of
social service transportation services, Greyhound bus, and taxi
service. Public transportation is provided by fixed-route and
demand-response transit systems, as described below.
City of Madera
The City operates Madera
Area Express (MAX), a fixed-route system and Dial-A-Ride, a
general public demand-response system. Both services are
operated under contract with First Transit. MAX is
available weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The service operates primarily
within the City limits. The system utilizes three lift-equipped
vehicles and transports over 120,000 riders annually.
is a general public system primarily serving the elderly and
disabled. The service operates
weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dial-A-Ride
operations take place within the Madera urban area, covering a five-mile radius
from the downtown area, and transporting approximately 70,000 riders annually. The
service is operated with a fleet of seven vehicles. This service
is funded jointly by the City of Madera and Madera County.
City of Madera Transit Services
City of Chowchilla
The City of
Chowchilla operates Chowchilla Area Transit Express (CATX),
a general public, demand-response service. CATX service was
initiated in 1995 as an expansion of the existing senior bus program. The
County of Madera funds CATX service for unincorporated portions of
the service area.
The CATX service
area encompasses the City and contiguous unincorporated areas,
including Fairmead. Inter-city service to the City of Madera’s
Intermodal Facility is offered once a month based on demand.
Service is provided with two vehicles on weekdays from 8:00 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. and transports approximately 27,000 riders annually.
County of Madera
The County of
Madera operates the Madera County Connection (MCC), a
general public, intercity fixed-route system. The MCC was
initiated in 2001 as a demonstration service to provide
transportation for children aged 0-5 and families to Children’s
Hospital Central California.
access to the communities of Madera, Chowchilla, Fairmead, La Vina,
Ripperdan, Eastin Arcola, Madera Ranchos, Coarsegold, Oakhurst, and North
Fork. The service operates 5 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00
p.m. and transports approximately 2,500 riders annually.
Vanpooling is a cost effective way to commute on intercity and
intercounty trips. Please visit the following web sites to learn
more about vanpooling and ride share in the San Joaquin Valley:
There are a
number of social service agencies providing transportation in
Madera County (reference
coordinated transportation plan). These
agencies largely provide service to their clients and to specific
A private taxicab
operator provides service in Madera County seven days a week, 24
hours a day. This operator is based at the Downtown Intermodal
operates seven days a week from the City of Madera’s Downtown Intermodal Center on North “E” Street,
providing intercity transportation.
Madera County is
served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and the Union
Pacific (UP) Railroads. Amtrak operates seven days a week with twelve daily stops
in Madera along the BNSF Railroad alignment. The new station is
located at 18770 Road 26 (near Club Drive), north of Madera. The
San Joaquin route provides
passenger rail service from Oakland to Bakersfield four times a day
to Sacramento twice a day. Amtrak also provides thruway bus
service to cities that
are not directly accessible from the San Joaquin, such as Los Angeles, Sacramento, San
Francisco and San Jose.
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