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Location and Transportation

Location and Transportation

Location is among Tulare’s greatest assets. The city’s position in the heart of Central California’s San Joaquin Valley affords it ready access to several major arterial highways. SR 99 (Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial Highway) travels north-south through Tulare, while SR 137 (Inyo Ave./Tulare Ave./Tulare Lindsay Highway) winds east-west. SR 63 (Mooney Blvd.) begins just east of Tulare, at SR 137, traveling north until it bisects with SR 198 in Visalia. In addition, Interstate 5 – a significant north-south highway in California – is situated approximately one hour west of Tulare.

Transit Center

Affordable and convenient public transit service is available through both the City of Tulare and Tulare County. The city operates the Tulare InterModal Express (TIME), which offers dial-a-ride service and seven fixed bus routes, including one that connects to the Visalia Transit Center. Tulare County Area Transit (TCaT) supplies two routes in Tulare – Route 20, which stops at the Tulare Transit Center, and Route 40, with a stop at Highway 137 & Mooney Blvd. TCaT also offers deviated fixed-route service for special needs riders, as well as a dial-a-ride option. Greyhound operates a station in Tulare, across the street from the transit center.

The city is situated on the Union Pacific main line, a great benefit to industry in the area. For passenger rail service, Amtrak offers service along the San Joaquin line at nearby stations in Corcoran and Hanford (both within 30 minutes of Tulare). This route runs between the San Francisco Bay Area/Sacramento and Bakersfield/Southern California.

Four ports (Stockton, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco) are reachable within 200 miles of Tulare, while several airports are close by, offering a range of general aviation and commercial air services. The City of Tulare operates a general aviation municipal airport at Mefford Field. The City of Visalia Municipal Airport also offers general aviation, along with commercial service to Los Angeles and Las Vegas via Great Lakes Airlines. Expanded passenger service is available at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (50 miles north of Tulare) and Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield (a 60-mile drive south).

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