Funding for Transit
If $450 million is collected over 30 years, then $22.5 million will be available for Transit Projects. The Governing Board of the Merced County Association of Governments is the decision-maker for allocating these funds. The goal of this funding category is to expand or enhance public transit services and programs. To accomplish this important goal, funding is provided to the transit agency within the County to expand transit services. Potential uses include but are not limited to:
- New routes to enhance existing transit service
- Low emission buses
- Night and weekend service
- Bus shelters and other capital improvements
- Safer access to public transit services
- Fare reduction or subsidies
Free Services for Seniors, Veterans and the Disabled
The Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County (TJPAMC) now provides free service on The Bus fixed route to veterans, seniors and ADA eligible passengers effective July 1, 2017. This new program is sponsored by Measure V, the transportation sales tax measure that was passed by Merced County voters last year. To qualify for this program, individuals must present valid photo identification.
To ride The Bus for free, veterans and active service members may use a government issued ID, active military identification card, veteran’s health identification card, or retired military identification card. Seniors 62 or older may use a government issued ID displaying their date of birth, and ADA eligible passengers can use an ADA Paratransit card or a Medicare card with a photo ID to ride the fixed route system throughout Merced County without charge.
Please be aware that Bus Operators are not able to allow any passengers to ride for free without one of these valid forms of identification. No exceptions.
This new free service program is funded by Measure V, Merced County’s ½ cent transportation sales tax which was passed by voters in November 2016.
If you need assistance with determining your eligibility for riding The Bus fixed routes for free, please contact our Transit Administration office at (209) 723-3100 or visit us at 1850 K Street in Merced.