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RTA Debuts First Near-Zero Emission Engine

Agency continues to push boundaries in bus technology

RIVERSIDE, CA — April 27, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has unveiled its first near-zero natural gas vehicle.

The Agency’s latest push for cleaner air has resulted in a near-zero engine aboard a 40-foot bus. On the outside, the 40-foot bus looks similar to others in the fleet. It has the same 280-horsepower and runs on compressed natural gas. But what sets this bus apart is its suped-up engine which takes thinking green to a whole new level.

The ISL G 280 NZ engine was installed in December. The new engine has a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gases, compared to RTA’s already clean-burning engines.

The new engine gets better performance due to an enhanced control system that monitors sensors, and fuel and ignition systems. Other factors include a three-way catalyst that’s packaged as part of the muffler and provides consistent emissions control, and closed crankcase ventilation system that reduces emissions.

“RTA is proud to be a long-time advocate of cleaner, greener technologies,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “This is another example of how we are exploring new and innovative ways to travel.”

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RTA to Unveil Upgraded Shelter at Wlldomar Library

Ribbon-cutting ceremony is Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

RIVERSIDE, CA — April 18, 2017 — Getting to and from the library has never been so good.

That’s because the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has finished construction on a new bus shelter at the Wildomar’s Mission Trail Community Library, 34303 Mission Trail, and will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. City leaders, library patrons and RTA staff are expected to be in attendance.

Before now, the bus stop consisted of a simple bench that could seat up to three people. The new shelter has a sleeker look, provides shade, route information, a trash receptacle, and, in keeping with the times, comes equipped with solar-powered lighting.

“This new shelter is a symbol of RTA’s pledge to meet the evolving needs of its customers,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “We are working hard to ensure the bus remains a vital and attractive way to get around.”

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RTA Celebrates 40 Years Of Service

In celebration of the milestone, Agency offering free lunch every week for customers

RIVERSIDE, CA — March 24, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is celebrating four decades of service with employee- and customer-focused events through the year.

Back in 1977, RTA’s headquarters was a converted gas station in Riverside out of which 60 employees launched service with 26 used vehicles, six routes and the slogan “RTA is here to stay.” Since then, the Agency has expanded greatly to serve the changing needs of a growing region. Today, RTA’s 328 vehicles are handling nearly nine million boardings a year on 36 routes, eight CommuterLink express routes and a senior and disabled Dial-A-Ride service.

“We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone with the community,” Chair Linda Krupa said. “This milestone allows us to reflect on our accomplishments over the years and focus on a bright future. It also lets us honor the employees, Board members, stakeholders and customers who made RTA what it is today.”

In celebration of its 40 year anniversary, RTA is giving away a free lunch — and a swag bag of goodies — to 40 lucky people during the year courtesy of Sub Station at UC Riverside. To be entered into the contest, customers simply like, share or follow RTA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Contest winners outside of the Riverside area will receive coupons for free lunches in their own cities.

More promotions are underway, including special “40 Years of Service” decals on the side of selected vehicles. RTA’s website is celebrating the ruby anniversary with a special section on the Agency’s history and key milestones.

Some of those milestones are worth mentioning.

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Linda Krupa To Lead RTA Board Of Directors In 2017

Hemet Mayor unanimously supported as new chair for RTA’s 40th year

RIVERSIDE, CA — February 3, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa to take leadership of the 22-member governing board.

As chair, Krupa will be responsible for leading the RTA Board in setting policy, guiding Agency priorities, conducting the Agency’s monthly Board meetings and representing RTA during public events. She assumes the responsibilities held most recently by Jurupa Valley City Councilman Frank Johnston.

Krupa has been a driving force on the Board for five years and served as first vice chair in 2016.

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow Board members for this important position,” Krupa said. “This is a significant time for the Riverside Transit Agency as it embarks on new efforts to remain a vital part of our communities and evolve in positive ways to meet the changing needs of our valued customers.”

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Hero Bus Driver Helps Reunite Two Lost Girls With Family

RTA Board of Directors to Honor Driver this Thursday

RIVERSIDE, CA — November 16, 2016 — A Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) coach operator is being praised for his quick thinking that helped two lost children return to their family --- an event that illustrates the fact that bus drivers do much more than move people from place to place.

Sergio Valenzuela was parked at the Riverside Downtown Terminal last week, waiting for people to board his Route 13 bus, when he noticed two young girls alone, pacing back and forth though the crowded transit hub.

As his customers filed into the bus, Sergio continued to keep his eyes on the two kids, hoping a parent or guardian would eventually show up. A few minutes later, with no parent in sight, Sergio had seen enough.

“I got out of my bus and walked over to these two little girls and asked them if they were okay,” he said. “They said they were waiting for their grandmother and they were pretty shaken up because they were alone.”

After hearing the story, Sergio called police to the scene, who were eventually able to reunite the five- and seven- year-old girls with their family.

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Community Invited To Stuff An RTA Bus For Youth In Crisis

The November 17 event can fill buses to capacity with enough donations to last a year

RIVERSIDE, CA — November 9, 2016 — Help a child in need this holiday season by stuf ng a bus with donations. That’s the message Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) and Operation SafeHouse are giving in the days leading up to their annual gift-giving, bus-packing event on Thursday, November 17.

For the eighth year in a row, RTA and Operation SafeHouse are teaming up for the annual “Stuff the Bus” event, which aims to ll buses to capacity with donated non-perishable food, linens, toiletries and other items for the non- pro t group that helps at-risk and in-crisis youth.

This year’s event will take place at several locations across the region from 1 p.m. till 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted aboard RTA buses at the Riverside County Administration Building, 4080 Lemon St. (1 p.m.), Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St. (2:30 p.m.), Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, 10800 Magnolia Ave. (3 p.m.), and Riverside Target, 3520 Tyler St. (4 - 7 p.m.).

The donated items are distributed to SafeHouse’s emergency shelters and transitional living programs in Riverside and Thousand Palms. Last year’s event produced more than 10,000 donated items, ranging from brooms and brushes to dish soap and shaving cream. The donations kept inventory shelves stocked throughout the year.

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