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RTA Surprises 200 Millionth Rider

Murrieta’s Sean Torley awarded with 200 free rides

RIVERSIDE, CA — July 11, 2014 — Sean Torley is one in a million! Actually, he’s one in 200 million. On his commute home yesterday aboard Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) Route 202, Torley became the 200 millionth person to ride an RTA bus since the Agency began service nearly four decades ago.

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RTA Gave Away Prizes, Passes Last Week To Promote Dump The Pump Day

National Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 19

Leave your gas-guzzler at home and try public transit on June 19.

That’s the message the Riverside Transit Agency is spreading for Dump the Pump Day, a national event on June 19 that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money and help the environment.

RTA’s activities began Wednesday, June 11, the week prior to the Dump the Pump Day, when staff provided giveaways and a limited number of free 1-Day passes at Riverside City Hall and Temecula Promenade Mall bus stop. The activities continued on Thursday, June 12 at the Riverside County Administration Center and Hemet Valley Mall. The 1-Day passes are good only for June 19.

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Driving and Parking Near RTA Bus Stops

Did you know that park-and-ride lots are available to RTA customers who wish to drive to some RTA bus stops? For details on your nearest park-and-ride lots, go to www.IE511.org. Please note that customers who use public and private parking locations to catch the bus assume complete responsibility for their vehicle, including lost or stolen items or towing costs.

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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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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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