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RTA To Expand With Two New Routes, Enhanced Service

Service change affects more than 30 routes, begins this Sunday

Get ready for two new express routes and dozens of upgrades to bus service in Riverside County and beyond. That’s the message Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is telling its customers as it prepares kick off a new wave of schedule and routing improvements this Sunday.

In all, the changes will target more than 30 bus routes, improving connections, reliability and on-time performance.

Perhaps the most significant improvement is the introduction of CommuterLink Route 200 with service connecting San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and the Disney resort in Anaheim. The route will operate roughly every 60 minutes on weekdays and every 60 minutes to 120 minutes on weekends.

RTA also plans to introduce CommuterLink Route 205 between Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Corona and the Village at Orange. The section of this route between Corona and the Village at Orange is expected to launch January 29, pending a public hearing and RTA Governing Board approval.

The new routes come during a busy time for RTA, which has upgraded its entire bus fleet with free, wireless Internet access and USB charging ports. Using their Wi-Fi enabled device, customers can now check their e-mail, get some work done, or surf the web from the comfort of their seats.

“When it comes to travel, we are challenging the automobile like never before,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Art Welch. “These changes will enhance connectivity and make travel more accessible and convenient for our customers.”

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Banning’s Art Welch To Lead RTA Board Of Directors In 2018

Welch was unanimously picked to become new chair for RTA’s 41st year

RIVERSIDE, CA — December 15, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected Banning City Councilman Art Welch to take leadership of the 22-member governing board.

As chair, Welch 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. He assumes the responsibilities held most recently by Hemet City Councilwoman and former Mayor Linda Krupa.

Welch has been a respected member of the Board for nearly five years and served as first vice chair in 2017.

“This is an especially exciting time for RTA,” Welch said, “and I look forward to working with the Board to build upon last year’s achievements and to develop new goals for this remarkable organization.”

Board members also voted Murrieta City Councilman Randon Lane as first vice chair and Perris City Councilmember Tonya Burke as second vice chair.

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Students Ride For A Quarter During Winter Break

Youth riders pay 25 cents to ride the bus from December 15 through January 7

There’s never been a better time to be a young bus rider.

Back by popular demand, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) will once again roll out a special 25-cent fare for students who ride between December 15 and January 7. Students in grades 1-12 simply flash their school ID to ride for a quarter to the movies, the mall, a friend’s house — anywhere RTA goes, anytime buses operate.

RTA Chair Linda Krupa said the special rate has created a new opportunity for students try public transportation, many for the first time. Plus, with comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi service and USB charging ports, RTA buses offer a world-class travel experience that is both safe and reliable.

“This special rate has really ignited student interest in riding the bus,” Krupa said. “We are thrilled to give students an alternative way to get around during their winter break.”

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING | ROUTE 205 EXPECTED TO LAUNCH IN TWO PHASES

Route 205 is a new CommuterLink Express route connecting Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Corona and the Village at Orange. The route will operate three round trips each day during peak morning and afternoon times. The section of this route between Corona Transit Center and Village at Orange is expected to launch January 29, pending a public hearing and RTA Governing Board approval. The portion between Temecula and Corona will begin operating on January 14.

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Community Invited To Stuff An RTA Bus For Youth In Crisis

The November 2 event can fill buses with enough donations to last a year

Help a child in need this holiday season by stuffing a bus with donations. That’s the message Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) and Operation SafeHouse is giving in the days leading up to their annual gift-giving, bus-packing event on Thursday, November 2.

For the 10th year in a row, RTA and Operation SafeHouse are teaming up for the annual “Stuff the Bus” event, which aims to fill buses to capacity with donated non-perishable food, linens, toiletries and other items for the non-profit 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. to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted aboard RTA buses at the Riverside County Administration Center, 4080 Lemon St. (1 p.m.), Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St. (2 p.m.), CarMax at Riverside Auto Center, 7980 Auto Dr. (3 p.m.), Kaiser Permanente, 10800 Magnolia Ave. (3:45 p.m.), and Riverside Target, 3520 Tyler St. (4 - 7 p.m.).

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Driver Gets First Victory At Annual Roadeo

Tharanga Jayasinghe will represent RTA at international contest

Tharanga Jayasinghe is Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) top cowboy after dominating the competition during the Agency’s 2017 Bus Roadeo.

The coach operator’s driving skills earned him a first-place victory at the annual contest last Saturday at the Agency’s Hemet facility. The win gave Jayasinghe his first crown and a chance to represent the Agency at regional and national contests.

Jayasinghe, who has worked with RTA for three years, currently drives routes 10, 18, 27 as well as RapidLink Gold Line. He will represent RTA at the American Public Transportation Association’s International Bus Roadeo next spring in Tampa, Florida.

He has big shoes to fill. Last year’s winner, Kyle Jones, ended up taking a first-place victory at the international contest. During that contest, Jones competed against drivers from transit agencies across the United States and Canada, giving RTA its first international victory in 40 years.

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