Transit Services


Welcome aboard! eTrans is Escalon’s own bus system. The door-to-door dial-a-ride service operates within the City of Escalon and provides connection to Riverbank. The intercity Route 1 service operates between the Downtown Escalon Park and Ride Lot and Northwest Modesto serving Kaiser Permanente, Vintage Faire Mall and destinations on Kiernan Avenue, Dale Road, McHenry Avenue and Standiford Avenue.   Transit Services are funded with State Transportation Development Act (TDA), Measure K  and Federal Transit Administration Section 5311 funds.  All transit services provided by eTrans are open and available to the general public.

eTrans bus passes are available for sale at Escalon City Hall at 2060 McHenry Avenue in Escalon, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and at Vineyard Pharmacy & Gifts, located at 1900 McHenry Avenue. #202 in Escalon, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus passes can also be purchased on the bus from the bus operator.  Click here for eTrans fares.

For additional transit information, to schedule or cancel a reservation, please call (209) 541-6645 or 511 (toll free). TDD/TTY users call 711 through the California Relay service.

eTrans Rider Alerts

  1. The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) is updating its Regional Transit Systems Plan.  This ten year plan will look at how to fund and potentially expand all of the transit systems in San Joaquin County.  Please help SJCOG by taking a short survey to give input on how to best serve the needs of the public for transit services.
  2. StaRT continues accepts eTrans purple transfers for connections to Riverbank Dial-A-Ride at Jacob Myers Park or Route 60 along McHenry Avenue in Modesto. 
  3. Starting Monday, July 13, 2015, eTrans will operate from 8:12 a.m. to 5:12 p.m., with three trips on Route 1 traveling between Escalon and Modesto departing at 8:12 a.m., 1:12 p.m. and 4:12 p.m. and departing Modesto for Escalon 8:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. Escalon Dial-A-Ride will operate from 9:12 a.m. to 11:32 a.m., 12:32 p.m. to 1:12 p.m. and        2:12 p.m. to 3:32 p.m.

    New service to Paddack Manor, Big Boy Market and Paddack Mobile Home Park will be implemented.

    Please pick up a new rider’s guide on board buses or click below for more details.

  4. The San Joaquin Council of Governments Wants to Know if YOU Have Any Unmet Transit Needs! 
    • You can voice your opinion about unmet transit needs at public hearings held throughout the County during the months of September, October, November, and the beginning of December. The City of Escalon will hold its public hearing on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Escalon City Hall Council Chambers, 2060 McHenry Avenue, Escalon, CA 95320.
    • Local officials will consider resolving all unmet transit needs that are considered reasonable to meet.

    Unmet Transit Needs are defined as transportation services not currently provided to those residents who use or would use public transportation regularly, if available to meet their life expectation.  This includes, but is not limited to: trips for medical and dental services, shopping, employment, personal business, education, social services, and recreation.

    The SJCOG adopted a “Reasonable To Meet” standard based on several criteria that analyze how accommodating that transit need will affect the rest of the transit system that it relates to.  If it passes the criteria then it is found reasonable to meet and changes will be made to accommodate the need.

    There are other ways to make your opinions on Unmet Transit Needs heard and become public record.

    • Call the SJCOG office at (209) 235-0389 and voice your opinion to Daniel Meza, Regional Planner. Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns regarding this process.
    • E-mail your views to
    • Fill out the survey on the buses and mail them to Daniel Meza at SJCOG.
    • Submit your opinions via an on-line survey on the SJCOG website at

Google Trip Planner  

Try the Google Transit Trip Planner and plan your trip from Escalon to Modesto and beyond such as other cities and communities in other areas of San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, Sacramento County and the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have any difficulties using the trip planner, please email or call (209) 691-7465.

Powered by Google Transit.

ex: Coley Avenue and 3rd Street, Escalon, CA
ex: McHenry Avenue and Standiford Avenue, Modesto, CA
Date to Travel:  Time of Travel:

Check eTrans Bus Service In Real Time Using NextBus

eTrans is now NextBus enabled. To find out when your next bus will come and If you are at a bus stop and would like to know when the next bus is coming, text: eTrans #### (which is available here) to 41411 or call (209) 554-2205 and enter the bus stop number. If you require technical assistance, please call (209) 691-7465 or email 

Click here to access NextBus!

Interested in mobile access with a smartphone? Click here for details.

eTrans Transit Services within Escalon, to Riverbank and Modesto

For information regarding eTrans, including making dial-a-ride and route deviations reservations, canceling a trip, route and schedule information, please call (209) 541-6645, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The office is closed and no transit services are provided on Saturday, Sundays and the following holidays: New Years Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Advertising on eTrans Buses

eTrans offers advertising on its three buses on the interior and exterior.  If you are interested in advertising on eTrans buses,  please contact Alan W. Seaton at (209) 585-9508 or email  Advertising rates are very reasonable!

Download Advertising Flyer 

Other Information

Bus Pass Order Form (PDF)        

Bus Pass Order Form (Excel)
Please email to or fax to (209) 691-7439 when completed.

ADA Application for Paratransit Eligibility in San Joaquin County 

Links to Other Transit Providers

San Joaquin Regional Transit District  (RTD):

    • Customer Information Center: 1-800-HOW-TO-RIDE or (209) 943-1111
    • RTD General Public Dial-A-Ride (to Manteca  & other areas of San Joaquin County): Reservations (209) 955-8400
    • Administrative Offices: (209) 943-1111
    • System Map
    • RTD Rural Transit Services (Rural Travel Training): Information through RTD Mobility (209) 467-6647

Modesto Area Express (MAX):   (209) 521-1274

  • Modesto Area Dial-A-Ride: (Modesto Urban Area for seniors, age 65 years old and older, persons with disabilities, ADA certified and in some cases, the general public)  Reservations: (209) 527-4900

Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT): 1 (800) 262-1516

San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority: 1 (800) 411-RAIL

Altamont Corridor Express: 1 (800) 411-RAIL

Amtrak California: 1 (800) USA-RAIL

San Joaquin County 511:    511

Ripon Blossom Express: (209) 253-5327

Commute Connection: 1-(800) 52 -SHARE

Transit Reports and Administrative Information

FY 2010/2011-2019/2020 eTrans Short Range Transit Plan – FINAL

FY 2010/2011 eTrans Annual Report

FY 2011/2012 eTrans Annual Report

FY 2012-2013 eTrans Annual Report

FY 2013-2014 eTrans Annual Report

Title VI Notice

In compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation Title VI regulations (49 CFR part 21), the City of Escalon operates programs without regard to race, color, and national origin. Contact the City of Escalon Transit Services at 2060 McHenry Avenue, Escalon, CA 95320, (209) 691-7465, or email: to request additional information regarding City of Escalon’s nondiscrimination obligations or file a complaint. Any person who believes himself or any specific class of persons to be subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI may by himself or by a representative file a written complaint with the City of Escalon or with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building — 5th Floor TCR, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590 or with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Rail and Mass Transportation, MS-39,  Attn: Title VI Complaints, PO BOX 942874, Sacramento, CA 94274-0001.  A complaint must be filed no later than 180 days after the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended by FTA.

eTrans Title VI Plan

eTrans Title VI Complaint Form

Reasonable Modification Policy

The Department of Transportation has revised its rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (section 504) specifically to provide that transportation entities are required to make reasonable modifications/accommodations to policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure that their programs are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The City of Escalon will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. Exceptions would include modifications that:

  • Cause a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
  • Result in a fundamental alteration of the service.
  • Are not actually necessary in order for the individual with a disability to access the entity’s service.
  • Result in undue financial and administration burden.

All requests for reasonable modifications and/or complaints (e.g. deviated fixed route, paratransit, or facilities) may be submitted in the following manner by email to, by telephone (209) 691-7465 or written by mail to: City of Escalon Transit Services at 2060 McHenry Avenue, Escalon, CA 95320.

General Transit Feed Specification

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E-mail questions and concerns regarding eTrans transit services to, or call John Andoh, Transit Coordinator at (209) 691-7465.

 eTrans is a service of the City of Escalon and  transit services are provided under contract to the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) on behalf of  the City of Escalon.

Transit services to Modesto are partially funded by Measure K funds through San Joaquin Council of Governments.

Measure K LOGO