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Fresno Area Express

Fresno Area Express
Parent City of Fresno
Founded 1887
Headquarters Fresno, California
Locale Central California
Service area Fresno
Service type bus service, paratransit, bus rapid transit
Routes 16
Fleet 100+
Daily ridership 41,993
Fuel type Diesel, CNG
Operator 300+
Chief executive Brian Marshall
Website FAX

The Fresno Area Express or FAX, is a bus line in Fresno, California. The line has over 100 buses and 16 fixed routes as of December 2013.[1] FAX offers free transfers as well as wheelchair lifts and bike racks on all buses.[2]

FAX fixed routes run from as far south as Malaga to Children's Hospital Central California in the north. Lines also run as far east as Fowler Avenue in Clovis, and as far west as Polk Avenue near Highway 99 in western Fresno.[3]

FAX has paratransit operations called Handy Ride. Handy Ride is operated by a private contractor.

FAX will begin a trial implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit system on the Blackstone and Ventura/Kings Caynon transit corridors after it receives funding from the Federal Transit Administration Very Small Starts grant fund.


The public transportation system in Fresno started in January 1889. This was a horse car line. By 1926 Fulton Street was the hub of Fresno's business section. It had replaced Fresno and Mariposa Streets for commercial buildings and in so doing eliminated Fresno's only Nob Hill, all four feet of it. The streetcar era, which began in May 1887, on J Street, was one of three streetcar lines in the young city. In 1901 the Fresno City Railway Company merged the three and in the spring of 1903 the Fresno Traction Company, then the owners, converted the lines to electricity. These electric streetcars operated on approximately 42 miles of track by the mid-twenties. The electric streetcars were used until 1939, when the transit company replaced them with buses.[4]


  • 1887-1901 Fresno City, Belmont & Yosemite Railroad
  • 1901-1915 Fresno City Railway
  • 1915-1939 Fresno Traction Co.
  • 1939-1946 Fresno City Lines
  • 1946-1961 Fresno City Lines, Inc.
  • 1961 City of Fresno Takes over Municipal Bus Service
  • 1961-1969 Fresno Municipal Lines
  • After 1969 Fresno Transit
  • 1989 Name Changed to Fresno Area Express or FAX

Route List


  • Route 9 - Shields & Brawley / Shaw Crosstown
  • Route 20 - N Hughes / N Marks
  • Route 22 - N West Ave. / East Tulare
  • Route 26 - N Palm / Peach / Clinton Crosstown
  • Route 28 - FSU / MTC / Ventura / Community Regional Medical Center
  • Route 30 - River Park / N Blackstone / West Fresno
  • Route 32 - River Park / N Fresno / Manchester Center / SW Fresno
  • Route 33 - Belmont Crosstown
  • Route 34 - NE Fresno / N First / SW Fresno
  • Route 35 - Olive Crosstown
  • Route 38 - Chukchansi Park / River Park / N Cedar / SW Fresno
  • Route 39 - Clinton Avenue Crosstown
  • Route 41 - N Marks / Shields / MTC / Chestnut
  • Route 45 - W Herndon / Fruit / Ashlan / Fowler
  • Route 58 - NE Regular Service
  • Route 58E - Children's Hospital Central California Express

Clovis Transit

  • Route 10 - Fresno State University / Northwest Clovis
  • Route 50 - Northeast Clovis / Southwest Clovis
  • Route 70 - Reagan Education Center Express
  • Route 80 - Buchanan Education Center Express



Number Range
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
0101-0102 2000 OBI Orion VI HEV
Detroit Diesel Series 30 Lockheed Martin/BAE Systems HybriDrive
0301-0325 2002 OBI Orion V CNG
Voith D864.3E
0501-0510 2005 NFI C40LF Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Voith D864.3E
0511-0512 2005 NFI GE40LF Ford Triton V10 6.8L
ISE-Siemens Thundervolt TB40-HG hybrid system
0601-0615 2006 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport
C Gas Plus
Voith D864.3E
0901-0916 2009 NFI C40LFR Cummins Westport
Voith D864.5
0917 2009 NFI GE40LFR Ford Triton V10 6.8L
ISE Thundervolt TB40-HG hybrid system
1101 2011 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
Cummins Westport
Voith D864.5
1102-1109 2012 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
Cummins Westport
Voith D864.5
1201-1203 2012 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
Cummins Westport
Voith D864.5
1401-1410 2014 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
Cummins Westport
Voith D864.5
1901-1904 2004 Optima AH-28 CNG Cummins Westport
B Gas Plus
Allison Trolley Replica.
9701-9714 1997 Gillig Phantom 40'
Cummins M11E Voith D864.3 Some units are still active as training coaches as of 2015.
9901-9910 1999 Gillig Low Floor 40'
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3 All units are active as back up fleet as of 2015.


Number Range
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
0001-0004 2000 Ford/ElDorado National Aerotech
7001-7019 1969 Flxible 111CC-D5-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Formerly Fresno Transit.
7701-7750 1976 Flxible 53102-8-1 Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 Formerly Fresno Transit.
8101-8112 1981 Grumman-Flxible 870
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
8401-8412 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Formerly Fresno Transit.
9001-9023 1990 Flxible Metro "B"
Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Voith D863.3
9101-9112 1991 Gillig Phantom 40'
Detroit Diesel 6V92TAC Voith D863.3 1 Gillig Phantom was donated to Fresno Fire Dept. Emergency Support 1; unknown what year it was built.
9301-9320 1993 Gillig Phantom 40'
Cummins L10E Voith D864.3 9301, 9306, 9307, 9312, 9313, 9318 to CyRide 711-716.
9401-9412 1994 Gillig Phantom 40'
Cummins M11 Voith D864.3 9410 to CyRide 717.
9601-9606 1996 Gillig Phantom 40'
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Voith D864.3
601 1960 GMC TDH-4517
  • Ex-6020.
605-609 1960 GMC TDH-4517
6020-6021 1960 GMC TDH-4517
7001-7019 1969 Flxible 111CC-D5-1
7501-7510 1975 AMG 10240-8
7511-7513 1976 Mercedes-Benz O309
7701-7750 1976 Flxible 53102-8-1
8101-8112 1981 Grumman Flxible 870 40102-6C
8401-8412 1984 Flxible Metro 'A' 35102-6T


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