The Southwest Transportation Agency is a public Joint Powers Authority, which, serves 13 school districts in SW Fresno County. The Agency was formed by 5 school districts in 1988 has added 8 Associate Member Districts over the years. The impetus for forming a transportation JPA was to provide the safest most cost effective transportation possible. When the Agency opened in July of 1988 it operated 25 routes servicing 2000 students (one-way) per day. Today the Agency operates 55 home-to-school routes, transporting 7000 (one-way) per day while traveling 1.3 million miles per year. In addition the Agency operates 1200 extra-curricular trip annually.

In 2004 the Agency relocated to its current home, The Southwest Education Support Center. The Southwest Education Support Center is a 17 acre state-of-the-art facility that accommodates parking for 100 school buses, houses a park-and-ride for 208 vehicles, first of its kind 15,000 L/CNG fueling station and 16000 sq ft operations and maintenance center. The L/CNG fueling station has allowed the Agency to expand its CNG school bus fleet from the original 10 buses received from the Katz Safe School Bus Program in 1991 to 41 CNG school buses today. The goal of the Agency is to operate a 100% natural gas fleet. The Agency's success is not the result of any one person, but,the efforts of every employee over the years. The Agency employees clearly understand that we are a support service to the education of students and will do everything under their power to ensure the students they transport receive the level of service they are accustom to.

"kids don't care how much you know, they want to know how much you care."  

Services Provided By Southwest JPA


  • Complete home to school contracts
  • GPS Routing Assistance
  • Field trips State wide
    • GPS equipped buses
    • Buses with DVD players and high back seats
  • Bus lease
  • Sub Driver coverage


  • School bus driver classroom training
    • Original/Renewal
  • School bus driver behind the wheel training
  • In-service Training


  • Bus Maintenance
    • PMI’s
    • Engine overhaul
    • Transmission replacement
  • ASE School Bus Certified Mechanics

Other Services

  • Installation of Cameras, Radios and GPS systems
  • CNG Fueling station
  • Street Sweeper services
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