Fresno Area Express
ParentCity of Fresno
HeadquartersFresno, California
LocaleCentral California
Service areaFresno
Service typebus service, paratransit, bus rapid transit
Daily ridership41,993
Fuel typeDiesel, CNG
OperatorCity of Fresno Department of Transportation

The Fresno Area Express (FAX), is a public transportation operator in Fresno, California. The line has over 100 buses, 1,606 bus stations, 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 as far south as Malaga to Valley Children's Hospital in the north. Lines also run as far east as Fowler Avenue in Clovis, and as far west as Hayes Avenue near Highway 99 in western Fresno.[3]

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

FAX operates a bus rapid transit system on the Blackstone and Ventura/Kings Canyon transit corridors.


A Fresno Area Express Q BRT bus stopped at a station
A Fresno Area Express Q BRT bus stopped at a station

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]



Accurate as of March 1, 2021.[5][6]

Route Service type North or West Terminal Destinations Served South or East Terminal
1 – Q Bus Rapid Transit Q BRT North Fresno (Fresno & Friant) River Park, Manchester Transit Center, Fresno City College, Downtown Transit Center, Fresno Fairgrounds Sunnyside (Kings Canyon & Clovis)
3 – Herndon Regular Riverside & Herndon Marketplace at El Paseo, Sierra Sky Park Airport, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Clovis Community College Herndon Campus Willow & Herndon
9 – Shaw FAX 15 Brawley & Shaw Fig Garden Shopping Center, Fashion Fair, Fresno State University Shaw & Cole
12 – Brawley Regular Brawley & Shaw Central High School East Campus, Inspiration Park, Forestiere Underground Gardens Brawley & Shields
20 – Hughes/McKinley Regular Riverside & Herndon Marketplace at El Paseo, Fresno High School, Fresno City College, VA Medical Center Fresno Street & Clinton
22 – West Ave/Tulare Regular West & Bullard Fig Garden Library, Downtown Transit Center, Santa Fe Passenger Depot Clovis & Kings Canyon
26 – Palm/Butler Regular Nees & Blackstone Bullard High School, Fresno High School, Tower District, Downtown Transit Center, Fresno Fairgrounds, Mosqueda Community Center, Fresno Pacific University Fresno Yosemite International Airport
28 – DSS/Manchester Center/West Fresno Regular Dakota & Peach Department of Social Services (DSS), Manchester Transit Center, Fresno City College, Fresno High School, FAX Offices, Fresno Chandler Executive Airport Crystal & Kearney
32 – Fresno St Regular El Paso & Blackstone River Park, Kaiser Hospital, VA Medical Center, Community Regional Medical Center, Downtown Transit Center North & Elm
33 – Belmont Regular Belmont & Delno Roeding Park, Fresno Chaffee Zoo Maple & Butler
34 – 1st St Regular El Paso & Blackstone River Park, Politi Library, Hoover High School, Fashion Fair, Downtown Transit Center Jensen & Cherry
35 – Olive Regular Brawley & Shields Roeding Park, Tower District Olive & Peach
38 – Cedar FAX 15 El Paso & Blackstone River Park, Fresno State University, Duncan Polytechnical High School, McLane High School, Roosevelt High School Downtown Transit Center
39 – FYI/Clinton Regular Shields & Brawley VA Medical Center, McLane High School, Cedar Clinton Library Fresno Yosemite International Airport
41 – Malaga/Shields/Chestnut Regular Marks & Shaw Manchester Transit Center, Fresno Pacific University Grand & Harding
45 – Ashlan Regular Ashlan & Cornelia Central High School East Campus Shields & Stanford
58 – NE Fresno Regular El Paso & Blackstone Kaiser Hospital, Clovis West High School, Woodward Park Regional Library Champlain & Perrin
58E – Children's Hospital Express Valley Children's Hospital (no stops) El Paso & Blackstone


Current Fleet

Number Range
Year Manufacturer Model Number Power type Notes
0501-0510 2005 New Flyer C40LF CNG
0601-0615 2006 New Flyer C40LFR CNG
0901-0916 2009 New Flyer C40LFR CNG
0917 2009 New Flyer GE40LFR Gasoline–Electric Hybrid Used as back up, not in regular service.
1101-1109 2011-2012 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
1201-1203 2012 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
1401-1410 2014 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
1601-1611 2016 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
CNG Used on FAX15 routes.
1612-1617 2016 Gillig BRT CNG 40'
1701-1726 2017 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
CNG 1701-1709 are used on FAX15 routes.
1710-1726 are used on FAX Q BRT route.
1801 2018 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
CNG First bus to feature updated FAX livery.
1905-1906 2019 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
2001-2008 2020 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'
CNG Entered service in September 2020.
2101–2102 2021 Proterra ZX5 Battery electric Entered service on November 1st, 2021.[7]
2103-2108 2021 Gillig BRT Plus CNG 40'


  1. ^ "Public Transportation (FAX)". August 10, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "FAX : System Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  4. ^ a b [2] Archived August 28, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Department of Transportation". City of Fresno. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "FAX Newsletter February 2021 ENGLISH FINAL" (PDF). City of Fresno. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "@Fresno FAX on Twitter". Twitter. @Fresno FAX. Retrieved August 6, 2021.