Loop Bus

Loop Bus

ATTENTION: Effective immediately, LOOP bus trips will now require an adult chaperone to be on board the bus with the students at all times.  If there is no adult chaperone accompanying the students, the LOOP bus will be unable to transport students to their destination regardless of prior approval. For more information please contact LOOP bus staff at (559) 636-5000. 

ATTENTION: Effective immediately, LOOP bus request are now required to be made at least three weeks in advance to make appropriate accommodations for your request. 

The LOOP Bus provides at-risk youth with free transportation to free activities that connect them to mentoring and gang prevention programs throughout Tulare County. The program is funded by Measure R and the Tulare County Board of Supervisors; it is available to community and faith-based organizations, school districts, and local government entities.

The LOOP Bus cannot be used for services that would typically be provided by a school bus. NEW: This includes field trips during school hours, transportation of school sports teams during their respective season, or transport of music programs to festivals and competitions.  The LOOP bus cannot be used to take youth outside of Tulare County or make trips into the mountain areas of the county.

Requests must be submitted three weeks prior to service. 

LOOP Bus reservations can be placed up to three months in advance of service request date.

 

 

This County program has a proven track record of success. Youth Today, a national source for news and important developments in the youth service field, featured the LOOP Bus Program in its publication. View article here.

For more information, please call LOOP Bus staff at (559) 636-5000

LOOP Bus Policies

NOTE: The LOOP Bus may not be used during regularly scheduled instruction hours. If you are requesting to use the LOOP Bus after educational hours on a minimum day or early-release day, PLEASE note these circumstances in the LOOP request. This will expedite the approval of your request.  

Three Week Requirement:

Completed applications MUST be received no later than three (3) weeks before the requested service dates to ensure adequate time for processing and required planning.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Changes / Cancellations:

New: Changes requested for a scheduled LOOP Bus trip will be approved at the discretion of LOOP Bus staff.  Minor changes may be accommodated, but LOOP Bus staff reserves the right to deny any and all changes to a scheduled request. Please cancel requests as soon as you know you will not require the LOOP services. A 24-hour window is required by operations to properly cancel LOOP services. Any cancellation not received at least four (4) hours before the initial pick-up time will be considered a No Show / No Call.  

No Show / No Call:

The first (1) No Show / No Call will cause the LOOP service to issue a written warning to the applicant. The second (2) No Show / No Call within a six month floating period will cause a denial of future LOOP service for 30 days. No Show / No Call policy is site specific, not organization wide.

Consent Form Responsibility:

The applicant is responsible for the consent and emergency information forms that are required to ride the LOOP Bus.  Click here to be able to download form.

Advance reservations:

LOOP Bus reservations can be placed up to three (3) months in advance of service request date.  Any requests placed that is over three (3) months in advance of the requested service date will be returned to the organization.  NOTE: There will not be service on the following holidays: New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

 

MV Transit will send a confirmation via email once the route is accepted.  No route is finalized until the organization is in receipt of that email confirmation.



*The County of Tulare can terminate services, without cause, up to five (5) business days prior to service if the applicant fails to meet obligations.* 

News & Announcements

 

The LOOP Bus has partnered with the Sequoia Shuttle!
  • The LOOP Bus is offering no-cost transportation for at-risk youth to the City of Visalia’s Sequoia Shuttle bus stops.
  • Local after-school programs, community and faith-based organizations, as well as local government entities and school districts are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for disadvantaged youth to explore the outdoors at no cost.
  • The Sequoia Shuttle, operated by the City of Visalia all summer long, offers roundtrip transportation to Sequoia National Park.  Shuttles depart from various locations throughout Visalia, Exeter and Three Rivers several times a day, seven days a week starting May 21.  Fixed Route Shuttle service is available inside the national park. The Sequoia Shuttle operational season will run through September 27.  

  • The Sequoia Shuttle is offering complimentary transportation, for groups of six or more, to and from the national park for underserved youth throughout the region.  This offer also includes a short orientation upon arrival to the national park by an interpretative park ranger who will greet each group at the Giant Forest Museum prior to the group’s self-guided venture into the park.  

  • A scheduled LOOP Bus - Sequoia Shuttle trip would follow a similar format to the example below.

    1. LOOP Bus transports participants from their home base located within Tulare County to a Sequoia Shuttle bus stop.

    2. Sequoia Shuttle transports participants from the shuttle stop to Sequoia National Park.  After visiting the park, the shuttle transports participants from The Park back to the shuttle stop.

    3. LOOP Bus transports students from shuttle stop back to home base.  Trip is complete.

  • Reservations for departure and return trip pick up times are required for both the LOOP Bus and the Sequoia Shuttle.  The LOOP Bus requires reservations be made two weeks in advance of a desired service date; reservations can be made up to three months in advance.  Sequoia Shuttle reservations are available throughout the season depending on availability and require at least six youth riders per reservation. Sequoia Shuttle reservations for large groups should be made well in advance to ensure space is available. 

  • For more information on the LOOP Bus and Sequoia Shuttle partnership, please contact LOOP Bus staff at (559) 636-5000.
  • To apply for the LOOP Bus, please visit: www.stepuptc.com.
  • To make a Sequoia Shuttle reservation, please call: (559) 713-4577 or visit www.sequoiashuttle.com to learn more about the Shuttle service.