Earlier this year, Fresno leaders announced a partnership between the city, Fresno State, Fresno Unified, and State Center Community College District to provide free bus passes for students. Credit: City of Fresno

Workers in Fresno’s growing warehouse industry in south central Fresno – along with students in west central Fresno – will finally be able to get to work and school by bus starting this week.

Fresno Area Express announced they are extending Route 34 southward to include the North Pointe Business Park that contains companies such as Amazon, Ulta, the IRS, and other businesses that haven’t had any bus service.

Credit: Fresno Area Express (FAX)

Route 45 will be extended west to add service to Justin Garza High School and Glacier Point Middle School. Buses will run every 30 minutes, seven days a week.

Credit: Fresno Area Express (FAX)

“We wanted to do this last year,” said assistant city manager Gregory Barfield. “Because everyone was coming out of Covid, we couldn’t. Now we finally have the additional staff and equipment to make it happen.”

Barfield also noted that the extension means FAX will now serve two of the three Central Unified School District high schools and two of its middle schools.

The frequency on Route 34 is also improving; it will now be running every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes.

Additionally, these routes will now run every 30 minutes, instead of every 45 minutes: 

Route 3 (serving Clovis Community College)

Route 20 (serving Fresno High, Fresno City College and Rio Vista Middle School)

Route 45 (serving Justin Garza High School)

This plan would mean that every route in the FAX system, except for Routes 58 that connects Riverpark and Clovis West High School and 58e to Valley Children’s Hospital, would now operate at 30-minute frequencies or better.

“Our riders have been asking for this for a long time,” Barfield continued. “It’s well overdue.”

For a list of the full bus schedule and stops, visit the FAX Schedule Guide or check for real-time updates on Google Maps.

Seniors, people with disabilities, active military/veterans, and students with a valid ID card for Fresno State, State Center Community College District, or Fresno Unified are allowed to ride for free.

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