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New Chowchilla transit service links to Merced

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The City of Chowchilla has contracted with Merced Transportation to provide a fixed-route transit service between Chowchilla and Merced, the city announced Wednesday. The city’s DialA-Ride program will also expand.

Chowchilla Area Transit (CAT) LINX will begin service Nov. 5 with three daily trips as a four-month pilot program. The scheduled buses should arrive at the Merced Transportation Center at 7:25 a.m., 12:55 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. on weekdays, except on legal holidays.

“We listened to our customers, who were asking for expanded and more frequent service,” said Chowchilla Mayor Janan Hebert. “The City of Chowchilla is happy to be able to finally offer expanded service to the area through our partnership with Merced Transportation. This new partnership also allows us to provide more responsive and consistent service for our local riders.”

The local CATX Dial-ARide service will swell to two full-time buses in Chowchilla, and will also operate Monday through Friday except holidays starting on Nov. 5. There will be a fulltime dispatcher on duty to provide better call service, according to Peggy Haupt, city spokeswoman. Prices, hours, and service boundaries remain unchanged...


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