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San Joaquin RTD Launches BRT Route

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Stockton, CA, welcomed its new BRT route, the Midtown Corridor, with a public event March 1.

Speakers including RTD Chief Executive Officer Donna DeMartino and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs welcomed guests to the event, which also featured food prepared by local culinary arts students, gifts and a guided tour of the route in specially decorated buses.

“The event theme was ‘Reconnect from East to West,’ and the event made that a reality,” DeMartino said. “Students from the local high school on the east side of our city were brought to the event at the Stockton Children’s Museum at the far west end.” She noted that the new BRT service, designated as Route 47, can transport high school students to two colleges across the city in an average of 23 minutes.

Cheerleaders from the high school performed an RTD-themed cheer during the launch event.

One of the specially decorated RTD buses that provided a guided tour of the new BRT route, with the theme “Port of Stockton.” The tour guide in skipper cap is RTD Board and Executive Support Specialist Merab Talamantes, and the frog is one of the system’s mascots, Freddy.

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