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Location and Transportation

With two major railroads, extensive freeways, an international airport and several smaller airparks, the greater Fresno area (centrally located between Los Angeles and Sacramento) is a transportation hub for central California.

Connecting freeways makes it convenient for motorists to travel throughout the metropolitan area and provide access to most of the city’s neighborhoods. State Route (SR) 99 offers a direct north-south route to Los Angeles (south) and to San Francisco (north). It’s an easy drive to the west side to connect with the Interstate 5 highway via SR 180 West. Other major arteries include north-south SR 41 and 145, east-west SR 180 and east-west SR 168. These highways provide easy access to the three national parks (Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia) and national forests in the area. The roadway system also makes it convenient for the trucking industry to conduct business and move goods. The Burlington Northern/Santé Fe, the Union Pacific and San Joaquin Valley Railroad all provide rail service to the valley.

Fresno Area Express (FAX) is a fast and efficient bus transit system (with a fleet of more than 100 vehicles) that offers 16 fixed-route lines providing service to schools, shopping centers, government offices, hospitals and more. The Handy Ride paratransit service, a shared ride with curb-to-curb service, is available upon request for those who are unable to use FAX due to disability. Handy Ride passengers must complete the application and certification process in order to qualify for the service.

The City of Clovis also operates a bus transit system called Stageline that travels to the most popular destinations in Clovis. Stageline bus routes intersect with Fresno FAX routes to provide easy transfer points for travel between Clovis and Fresno. Kids under 6 years of age, adults 65 years of age and over, and persons with a disability can ride for free on the Clovis Stageline bus. The RoundUp bus system is a paratransit, shared-ride, door-to-door service that provides transportation for disabled persons unable to use the Stageline service. RoundUp service area includes all of Clovis and most areas in Fresno for a nominal fare. RoundUp passengers must complete an application to become certified to ride the RoundUp bus.

Ground travel is also available within and between 13 rural incorporated cities and to the Fresno- Clovis Metropolitan Area through the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA). Its 20 subsystems provide scheduled fixed route and demand responsive bus service to the elderly, disabled, low-income residents and general public in rural Fresno County. Greyhound, which operates a terminal on H Street, provides daily service from Fresno to locations throughout the state and nation. Transportes Inter-Californias provides services through its depot in downtown Fresno to other locations in California and to Mexico. Rail travel is also a convenient option from the new Fresno Amtrak Station, which operates 12 trains daily out of its downtown station.

Located in the heart of California, Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is the largest commercial Airport serving the Central California region. FAT has created a unique travel experience reflective of its proximity to three national jewels; Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite National parks. Focused on safety, customer convenience, quality and efficiency, FAT sets the tone for those visiting the Central San Joaquin Valley area.

Whether it is business or pleasure, fly Fresno for your next big adventure – it’s a “walk in the park!” Airport information and airline contact information can be accessed at flyfresno.com.

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