Chowchilla Area Transit (CATX)

The City of Chowchilla operates a local curb-to-curb, demand-response dial-a-ride bus transit service commonly called "The City BUS" in the city limits of Chowchilla through the Chowchilla Area Transit (CATX). Depending on scheduling, service is available for work, medical appointments, school, meetings, senior services, shopping, and more. CATX buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. The service operates on weekdays except on official holidays.

To learn more or to schedule a ride, contact the CATX office call 559-665-8655 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Se Habla Espanol.

Transit No Service Holidays

Transit service is not provided on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

CATX Service Area Map

CATX Service Zones Map

CATX Fares (One-Way Trip)

These bus fare prices are currently in effect for CATX. Children three years and younger ride free with an accompanying paid adult. Persons 60 years and older are eligible for discounted ride passes. CATX passes can be purchased from the City Finance Department at the Chowchilla City Hall during business hours. Neither the City nor CATX is responsible for lost/stolen passes.

Ride Details
Children 3 years & youngerFree
General Public Cash$2.00Within city limits
General Public Ticket
Within city limits
Chowchilla Gold Line$3.00Ends outside city limits*
*Limited destinations
General Public Pass$20
10-Ride Senior (60 yrs+) Pass$15Discounted rate
20-Ride Student Pass$34Discounted rate

Courtesy Rules for Riders

The following rules apply to riders of the CATX bus transit system. CATX reserves the right to refuse service based on the violation of these courtesy rules in addition to those listed in the CATX Policies and Procedures Manual:

  • Be ready to board when the bus arrives.
  • Only trained service animals are permitted for people with disabilities. No other pets are allowed.
  • Smoking, eating, or drinking is not allowed while on the bus.
  • An exact fare is required; drivers cannot make changes.
  • Deposit fare into the farebox when boarding.
  • No riders will receive service without a paid fare or valid pass.
  • Drivers are not allowed to enter your home.
  • Children three years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If you no longer need a ride, you must call the business office in advance and cancel.
  • Seat belts are provided, and wheelchair restraints are required.
  • A maximum of 3 grocery bags are allowed; the driver is not allowed to assist with loading and unloading.
  • Chowchilla Area Transit is not liable for unsupervised children.

Transit Services Title VI Policy Statement & Complaint Process

The City of Chowchilla is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Any person who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination under Title VI on the basis of race, color, or national origin may file a Title VI complaint with the City.

Complaints may be filed with the City in writing and may be addressed to the following:

City Clerk/Title VI Compliance Coordinator
City of Chowchilla
130 S Second Street
Chowchilla, CA 93610

View the Transit Title VI Complaint Form (English) (PDF) or call (559) 665-8615. The City will provide appropriate assistance to complainants who are limited in their ability to communicate in English.

Ver Formulario de Quejas del Titulo VI (PDF) o llame al (559) 665-8615. La Ciudad proveerá asistencia apropiada para los denunciantes que sean limitados en su capacidad de comunicarse en inglés.

Alternatively, a complaint can be filed with the following:

Federal Transit Administration
Attn: Civil Rights Officer
Transportation Systems Center
55 Broadway, Suite 920
Cambridge, MA 02142-1093
Telephone: (617) 494-2397

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

The City of Chowchilla has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The City of Chowchilla has received Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the City of Chowchilla has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26.

The City of Chowchilla's policy is to ensure that DBEs are defined in part 26 and have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in DOT-assisted contracts. It is also our policy:

  • To ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts.
  • To create a level playing field on which DBEs can compete fairly for DOT-assisted contracts.
  • To ensure that the DBE Program is narrowly tailored in accordance with applicable law.
  • To ensure that only firms that fully meet 49 CFR Part 26 eligibility standards are permitted to participate as DBEs.
  • To help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in DOT-assisted contracts.
  • To assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside the DBE Program.

The Public Works Director has been delegated as the DBE Liaison Officer. In that capacity, The Public Works Director is responsible for implementing all aspects of the DBE program. Implementation of the DBE program is accorded the same priority as compliance with all other legal obligations incurred by the City of Chowchilla in its financial assistance agreements with the Department of Transportation.

Madera County Transit Options

For the Madera County Connection Dial-a-Ride, call (559) 263-8080 or go to the Madera County Connection website

For other transportation services, go to the Public Transportation Providers website.