RTD’s 21st Annual Stuff the Bus Helps Thousands in Need


With your help, that’s how many pounds of food RTD and its transit partners, Manteca Transit and Escalon eTrans, collected including 1,136 turkeys at this year’s Stuff the Bus Food & Coat Drive. Thanks to all who donated to benefit the Stockton/San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank!

Since 1999, RTD and its partners have raised over 362,000 pounds of food donations. This year, Stuff the Bus also collected more than $1,300 for their food bank partners in San Joaquin County.

This year, RTD’s longtime partner Food 4 Less increased their giving by donating more than $4,000 worth of non-perishable food items and offering three $100 Food 4 Less gift cards as raffle prizes for those who donated. Community Medical Centers and Aspire APEX Academy participated by holding their own food and coat drives. The Bull (KSTN, 105.9) and LaTricolor (KMIX, 100.9) radio stations supported the event by promoting and providing live broadcasts during Stuff the Bus. Many RTD staff and their family members, Miss San Joaquin County Dana Harrison, and the Stockton Tigers softball team volunteered their time during the drive to help those in need over the holiday season Your donations will help thousands of San Joaquin County residents this holiday season. We hope to see you again next year so we can beat that number again!


Donna DeMartino Steps Down as CEO of San Joaquin RTD

Donna DeMartino is stepping down from her position of CEO at RTD in late January after 19 years of service at RTD.

DeMartino has accepted the position of Managing Director of Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, a joint powers authority that has management responsibility for the state-supported Pacific Surfliner intercity passenger rail service.

Thanks to careful succession planning by DeMartino and the Board, the RTD Board is happy to announce that it will begin contract discussions with Gloria Salazar, Deputy CEO at RTD, to assume the role of CEO after DeMartino’s departure in January. The Board is also happy to announce its support of Kimberly Gayle as Deputy CEO/Chief of Staff.

“Being the CEO of RTD and working in this community with you as my Board has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life,” said DeMartino. “It has been an honor to work with each of you and the incredible team of hard-working staff members at RTD. Together, we have accomplished great things.”