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Area Veterans Get Enhanced Access To Services

RTA vehicle gets second life connecting veterans with health services, jobs

RIVERSIDE, CA — January 30, 2014 — Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses don't slip into retirement early. In fact, one aging RTA bus got a career change this week and is now poised to give hundreds of area veterans better access to health services and job opportunities.

On Wednesday, a non-profit group called U.S. VETS took delivery of the 2007 Ford Starcraft Allstar bus at its offices at March Air Reserve Base near Moreno Valley. The 12-passenger bus had exceeded its recommended service life and was no longer capable of remaining in RTA's active fleet, but it was in good condition and equipped with amenities such as a wheelchair lift.

At the donation ceremony which drew more than 50 attendees, U.S. VETS Executive Director Larry Williams said the van is a godsend for veterans needing a lift to job fairs and medical appointments.

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HERO DRIVER PULLS MAN FROM TRAIN TRACKS

Long-time RTA coach operator Ted Jenkins credited with saving Riverside man's life

RIVERSIDE, CA — November 13, 2013 — Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) coach operators do some good things when they are behind the wheel. Sometimes, they rescue run-away teens needing a safe place. Other times, they help families locate loved ones who might be on board. This year, a driver helped police nab a fugitive.
Sometimes, however, RTA coach operators save their best work for when they are not on the job.

Ted Jenkins, an RTA coach operator for 24 years, was walking home from another day on the job when he spotted a wheelchair on the side of a busy road just few feet away from railroad tracks that slice through the City of Riverside. At first he didn't notice anything strange, just an abandoned wheelchair without its owner. Then he looked down the tracks and saw the body. Then he heard the sound of the approaching train.

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RTA Thanking Veterans For Their Service

Agency offers discounted veteran passes, creates tribute posters for veteran employees

RIVERSIDE, CA — November 6, 2013 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) knows that there's plenty of ways to thank a veteran for their service. One of them is to offer them a discounted bus ride.

RTA is proud to offer a brand-new type of bus pass, especially designed to save veterans money when they travel on public transportation. The Veterans Pass allows any veteran to ride for just 70 cents --- the same fare as senior and disabled customers. Plus, RTA has dropped prices on 1- and 30-day passes purchased by veterans. The new policy also provides free rides to active duty military, as well as police and fire personnel.

"This is a small way for RTA to thank veterans for their service," said RTA Chairman of the Board Marion Ashley. "We want to make travel more affordable for those customers who served our country."

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RTA Receives Regional Clean Air Achievement Award

Award cites RTA's use of CNG, involvement in student ride programs and advocacy groups

RIVERSIDE, CA — October 4, 2013 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has long been a champion of thinking green. Now the Agency has a regional award to prove it.


Today, RTA will be recognized by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with a Clean Air Award in the category of "Model Community Achievement." The award goes to RTA for its long-time usage of clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG), which has powered its fleet for more than a decade --- and
will continue to be used in its fleet of new CNG buses hitting the streets over the next few months. The award also cites RTA's hugely successful student ride programs and its involvement in a public advocacy group that promotes public transit.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMENT ON BUS SERVICE IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Next week's meetings to be held in Wildomar, San Jacinto and Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CA — October 3, 2013 — Got something to say about bus service in western Riverside County? Then don't miss your chance to tell the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) how it can improve service for the next decade.

The Agency will hold three open house meetings next week to solicit public feedback on current service and future goals as part of the RTA Forward 10-Year Transit Plan. Meeting dates are: Monday, October 7 at Wildomar's Mission Trail Library, 34303 Mission Trail • Wednesday, October 9 at the San Jacinto Community Center, 625 South Pico Ave. • Thursday, October 10 at Riverside's Bobby Bonds Youth Opportunity Center, 2060 University Ave.

All meetings run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with short presentations at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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CATCH A RIDE TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR

Route 19 begins daily service this weekend to the annual event

RIVERSIDE, CA — October 1, 2013 — Beginning this weekend, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) will provide daily service to the Lake Perris Fairgrounds for the Southern California Fair, which runs from October 5-13.

During the nine-day event, fair-goers can catch Route 19 from the Perris Transit Center to the annual event featuring exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides and delicious food. Monday through Friday, buses will depart the Perris Transit Center every half hour beginning at 3:30 p.m. and leave the fairgrounds every hour until 11 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, buses will depart the Perris Transit Center every half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. and leave the fairgrounds every hour until 11 p.m.

"RTA is always searching for ways to meet our customers' changing needs," said RTA Chairman of the Board Marion Ashley. "Our expanded service to the fairgrounds is another step in our efforts to offer world-class service and give our customers what they want."

Route 19's service to the fairgrounds will continue long after the fair ends. Beginning October 19, the route will resume weekend-only service to the fairgrounds where customers can attend the Perris Auto Speedway or maybe catch a rodeo or stock car race. Buses will depart the Perris Transit Center every half hour beginning at 1:30 p.m. and leave the fairgrounds every hour until 9 p.m.

Southern California Fair organizers say the new bus service is a great way to enhance the fair experience.

"We are so pleased that the Riverside Transit Agency is providing expanded bus service to the Southern California Fair," said fair CEO Lyndal Graff. "This service will give a growing number of people the opportunity to attend this world-class fair without the hassle of driving."

For fair information, call (951) 657-4221.

The Riverside Transit Agency provides public transportation for western Riverside County, operating 36 fixed routes, 8 commuter routes and Dial-A-Ride service. RTA's service area spans 2,500 square miles, the second largest in the nation. For bus route and schedule information call RTA at (951) 565-5002 or go to www.RiversideTransit.com.

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Riverside Transit Agency

Riverside Offices
1825 Third Street
P.O. Box 59968
Riverside, CA 92517-1968
(951) 565-5000
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Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

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Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.

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