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Share Your Transit Love Story

trnsitLoveValentine’s Day is just around the corner so we thought it would be a great time to ask RTA customers to share with us their stories about finding love on the bus. Did you meet that someone special or find your future spouse on the bus? If you have a story, please contact RTA at (951) 565-5172 no later than Monday, February 7 and your story could appear in a national publication.

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Federal Review Yields Positive Results

Triennial audit inspected 24 areas of service

RIVERSIDE, CA — July 22, 2010 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) got a thumbs-up from a major federal audit that inspected two dozen areas of operation.

This week, Board members reviewed and accepted the findings of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Triennial Review, which found the Agency in compliance with all 24 areas of inspection --- one more than the last review in 2007 --- including legal, procurement, employment practices, financial, maintenance, and safety and security.

The audit is required every three years for agencies such as RTA that apply for and receive federal grants.

“This positive report drives home the fact that RTA continues to perform at a high level and is making good use of taxpayer dollars,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Jeff Comerchero. “Providing exceptional service on the road wouldn’t be possible without a commitment to professional, prompt and customer-oriented service by everyone working at the Agency.”

During the months-long review, which lasted from December 2009 to June 2010, FTA officials met with RTA staff to discuss administrative and statutory requirements, review documents and inspect the Agency’s facilities. No deficiencies were found in any of the 24 areas of review, a rarity among these types of audits.

The Riverside Transit Agency provides public transportation for Western Riverside County, operating 37 fixed routes, 8 express 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 contact RTA at (800) 800-7821 or log on to our website at RiversideTransit.com.

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RTA Participates in “Spark of Love” Toy Drive

The November 26 event is part of the Festival of Lights Switch-on Ceremony

SparkOfLoveRIVERSIDE, CA — November 19, 2010 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) invites you to make the holiday season a little brighter for less fortunate children in your community.

On November 26, the Riverside Transit Agency, Channel ABC-7 and City of Riverside firefighters will stuff an RTA bus with donated toys for children of all ages. New, unwrapped toys or sports equipment will be accepted from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. at the RTA bus parked at the Riverside Public Library parking lot off Orange Street across from the Mission Inn. This special event coincides with the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony.

“RTA is proud of its tradition of supporting families and strengthening communities,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Jeff Comerchero. “This campaign gives us a chance to give direct help to those who need it most.”

The “Spark of Love Toy Drive Fund” was created in 2004 at the California Community Foundation to provide toys or sports equipment for underserved children during the holiday season in Southern California. With help from “Spark of Love Toy Drive” donors, partners and sponsors, more than 500,000 toys were collected last year. This year, ABC7 hopes to double this number.

For more information on the Spark of Love Toy Drive, contact Gale Schulte (951) 320-8106.

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RTA Gets Glowing Feedback from State Audit

New report shows RTA exceeding farebox recovery by 11 percentile points

RIVERSIDE, CA — October 13, 2010 — Just three months after the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) was recognized for its high marks on a federal audit, the Agency announced today that it has another reason to celebrate, this time for a glowing state audit that inspected virtually every area of operation.

Plus, despite a volatile economy, the Agency continues to not only meet but exceed the state’s minimum farebox recovery ratio, a new report concludes.

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; maintenance; personnel management and training; marketing and public information; service planning; and general management and organization. The audit covered fiscal years 2007 through 2009.

RTA Chairman of the Board Jeff Comerchero, who guided the Agency’s Budget and Finance Committee from 2000 to 2009, said the audit reflects RTA’s successful efforts to use taxpayer dollars wisely.

“Despite the financial challenges, RTA has remained a leader in the transportation industry and provided a reliable, world-class service for its customers,” Comerchero said.

The audit is required every three years for agencies such as RTA that apply for and receive state funding. Specifically, those state funds are tied to TDA revenues such as the Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA). Last year, LTF funding comprised roughly half of RTA’s $53 million operating budget.

Over the course of several months, auditors interviewed RTA management, collected and reviewed documents and inspected the Agency’s facilities. No deficiencies were found in any of the reviewed areas.

More good news came this week when RTA staff announced a 28 percent farebox recovery for Fiscal Year 2011 to date, meaning that the Agency has not only met but is exceeding the state’s required minimum farebox recovery target by 11 percentile points. Meeting farebox recovery, like the audit, is required for RTA to receive state funding. The ratio measures the contribution passenger fares make toward the operating cost of service.

“RTA continues to play a significant role in the way Riverside County residents get around,” Comerchero said. “It’s never been more important to preserve the integrity of our transit system and maintain acceptable service levels for our valued customers.”

The Riverside Transit Agency provides public transportation for Western Riverside County, operating 37 fixed routes, 8 CommuterLink express 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 contact RTA at (951) 565-5002 or go to www.RiversideTransit.com.

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Kids Raise Money for New Murrieta Bus Shelter

Ribbon-cutting event will be held on Wednesday

RIVERSIDE, CA — June 21, 2010 — Murrieta has a new bus shelter thanks to a little help from an unexpected group of people.

In an effort to promote public transportation, members of the Murrieta 4-H Club spent nearly six months raising $5,500 to build the covered bus shelter on Juniper Street between Jefferson and Adams avenues near the Murrieta Senior Center, City Hall and public library. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 23.

Raising the money wasn’t easy, according to Sheyanne Stewart, an advisor to the 4-H group that consisted of children ages five to 11. The small group picked up trash, held a bake sale, organized a petting zoo and sold donuts and coffee at 4-H events. Their efforts were propelled by private donors and a Kohl’s of Menifee grant.

“This project was an extension of what our kids were learning about the environment and going green,” Stewart said. “And what a better way to go green than riding the bus?”

Until recently, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) bus stop consisted of a single bench and a pole that held a kiosk with bus route schedules. The new covered shelter will protect customers from the summer heat and occasional rain. The stop is served by Route 23, which connects nearby to CommuterLink express routes 202 and 206.

The project started in August 2009 when Stewart floated the idea past Temecula Mayor Jeff Comerchero and Murrieta City Councilman Doug McAllister, who both sit on the RTA Board of Directors. The two helped Stewart work through the process and identify a suitable location for the shelter.

“We knew that it was a great opportunity to get young people involved in a great cause,” said Comerchero, who is Chairman of the RTA Board of Directors. “This was truly a success story that will make a positive impact on the community.”

During the months when the group was working to raise the money, RTA began examining ways to help pay for the project if the kids fell short of their goal. In the end, the group didn’t need any assistance from RTA, and they managed to single-handedly raise the money and make the project a reality.

“This is a testament of the power of grassroots leadership,” McAllister said. “They couldn’t have picked a more relevant or beneficial cause.”

The Riverside Transit Agency provides public transportation for Western Riverside County, operating 37 fixed routes, 8 express 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 contact RTA at (800) 800-7821 or log on to our website at RiversideTransit.com.

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P.O. Box 59968
Riverside, CA 92517-1968
(951) 565-5000
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