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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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New Bus Gives Kids A Lift At The Boys And Girls Club

RTA vehicle gets second life connecting kids with after-school events

RIVERSIDE, CA — November 7, 2016 — Hundreds of kids attending the Boys and Girls Club of Menifee Valley have a new reason to smile.

That’s because the non-pro t group last week took delivery of a 2009 Chevrolet El Dorado bus during a ceremony at the new club. The vehicle has exceeded its recommended service life and is no longer capable of remaining in RTA’s active eet, but remains in good condition and can accommodate two wheelchairs.

At the donation ceremony, Boys and Girls Club Chair Sue Kristjansson, a former Menifee City Councilwoman, said the 38-passenger bus will be used to take dozens of children to and from educational and cultural events throughout Menifee and the surrounding area. The club has been growing by leaps and bounds since it opened two years ago on the site of the former Menifee Elementary School. Today, the club has 1,500 members and roughly 300 children attend its after-school programs, she said.

“We are so excited for our children who are part of this thriving club,” Kristjansson said. “This vehicle is going to serve a lot of very deserving youngsters.”

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RTA Launches New Route To Serve Downtown Riverside

Route will connect Riverside Downtown Metrolink Station with Employment Centers

RIVERSIDE, CA — September 29, 2016 — Commuters will get some relief next week when the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) introduces a convenient shuttle that connects the Riverside Downtown Metrolink Station with downtown Riverside. With frequent service and plenty of legroom, the Route 54 is designed with the commuter in mind. And best of all, it’s free.

The route, which launches Monday, October 3, is designed especially for individuals who combine the train and bus to get to the courts, county offices and employment centers of downtown Riverside. The route will include a fleet of 28-seat buses and a schedule that coincides with peak morning and afternoon commute times.

“It’s always exciting to launch a new bus route,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Frank Johnston. “This route was designed with the commuter in mind. We are thrilled to provide an important service for our customers who combine travel by train and bus.”

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RTA Gets Glowing Feedback From Major Audit

Ridership increased, service expanded during healthy three-year period

RIVERSIDE, CA — September 23, 2016 — Propelled by a recovering economy, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) expanded service, boosted ridership and planned for future growth, according to a new audit that inspected virtually every area of operation over a three-year period.

The Transportation Development Act (TDA) Triennial Performance Audit, commissioned by the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), found the Agency in compliance with all areas of inspection, including administration; scheduling and dispatch; maintenance; marketing and public information; service planning; and general management and organization. The audit covered scal years 2013 through 2015.

During the three-year audit period, RTA’s ridership grew by nearly 10 percent, from 8.4 million to 9.2 million boardings. The audit also determined that RTA’s farebox recovery ratio (or the percentage of operating costs covered by passenger fares) hovered between 26 and 29 percent during the three-year period, easily exceeding the state’s required minimum farebox ratio.

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RTA Giving Away Prizes, Passes Next Week For Dump The Pump Day

National Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 16

RIVERSIDE, CA — June 9, 2016 — Leave your gas-guzzler at home and ride the bus on June 16.
That’s the message the Riverside Transit Agency is spreading for Dump the Pump Day, a national event on June

16 that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money and help the environment.

To sweeten the deal, RTA’s street team will provide giveaways and a limited number of free 1-Day passes that day at Riverside City Hall at the corner of Main and 9th streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public and an RTA bus equipped with free Wi-Fi, USB charging ports will be on display.

“Riding the bus makes sense on Dump the Pump Day or any other day,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Frank Johnston. “It puts extra cash in your pocket, reduces the stress of driving and helps the environment. Whether you are a student, senior citizen or military veteran, there’s never been a better time to ride.”

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