Access to Markets and Transit


Modesto is within an hour and a half drive of four International Airports:
  • Sacramento International Airport 
  • Oakland International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • San Jose (Silicon Valley) International Airport
  • Harry Sham Field - Modesto Executive Airport
  • Stockton Executive Airport

Bus Systems

The Modesto Area Express (MAX) moves passengers throughout Modesto and connects with the Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), Ceres Area Transit (CAT), Ceres Dial-a-Ride, Riverbank-Oakdale Transit Authority (ROTA), Amtrak, Ace Train, and BART (Bay Area Transit). The downtown transportation center is located at 9th Street and J Street, and a second hub is located at Vintage Faire Mall off of Route 99 at Dale Road and Veneman Road.


In addition to Amtrak for passenger travel, Modesto is served by several commercial rail lines.
  • Union Pacific/Southern Pacific
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Modesto & Empire Traction Company and Valley Transload
The Altamont Commuter Express or Ace Train is planning a route through Modesto that will connect passenger travel to high speed rail to Los Angeles, and travel to the Bay Area and Sacramento. Currently, travelers can access the Ace Train to the Bay Area from a station in nearby Tracy.


Port of Stockton

This deep water channel Port just 34 miles north of the City is well-suited and situated to handle heavy cargoes with its excellent overland transportation connections to Interstate 5 and the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines.
  • Average depth of 37 feet at average low tide (35 feet MLLW), and an average depth at high tide of 40 feet 
  • Vessels in the 45,000 to 55,000 ton class, and maximum 60,000 ton class (for certain wide-beam vessels) can use the channel fully loaded
  • Up to 80,000 ton class vessels can transit the channel partially loaded
  • No width restriction, and ships up to 900 feet in length can navigate the channel
  • Berthing space for 17 vessels
  • 1.1 million square feet of dockside transit sheds and shipside rail tracks
  • 7.7 million square feet of warehousing (dry bulk, general cargo and steel)


  • State Route 99, running the length of California
  • State Route 132, runs east west and connects to Interstate 5
  • Highway 219
  • State Route 108