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Vamos Community Outreach Conducted in 7 Cities in North San Joaquin Valley



The Community and Regional Planning Center traveled around the North San Joaquin Valley to conduct community outreach in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties for VAMOS Mobility, a new transit-planning app. Nick Martinez and two Fresno State students, Erin Olds and Amanda Castro, were tasked with handling the community outreach for the new app. Over the course of two months, the team travelled to seven cities in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties promoting the app. The purpose of VAMOS Outreach was to promote the app as widely as possible and ultimately spark conversations about transit needs in the two counties. 

During the outreach and promotion, the OCED team reached out to a number of local businesses, community organizations, and talked to the public about the app and its benefits. The team targeted libraries, leaving brochures and flyers on community bulletin boards; Transit centers, where they talked to people waiting for the bus; as well as Modesto Junior College and San Joaquin Delta College, where they posted materials on campus and talked to students. Overall, the organizations the team talked to were very interested in the app. One of the organizations that the team connected with was California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), an organization who provides legal assistance to low-income individuals and communities throughout California, who said they would share the information with their clients. CRLA also connected the team with their branch in Stockton. Other organizations the team reached out to include CareMore Health Center in Modesto, Patterson City Hall, Mountain House Welcome Center, Tracy Transit Center and Environmental Alternatives Foster Family Agency in Tracy. 

Vamos Mobility is a California Air Resources Board project funded by the California Climate Investments (CCI) program, and contributions by San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG), San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD), Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG), Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT), The City of Escalon, and MOVE Stanislaus.