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RTA Encourages Commuters To Celebrate Earth Day This Week

Agency giving away prizes to customers on social media

What are you doing to help the environment? That’s the question Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is asking its customers this week as it inches towards Earth Day on April 22.

All week long, RTA will take to social media to promote the environmental benefits of riding the bus, and ask customers what they are doing to make a difference. Whether they are catching the bus, biking, walking or ridesharing, customers who respond with the best answers will earn a free Starbucks gift card and RTA goodie bag. To participate in the contest, simply connect with RTA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and send us your comments or photos.

“Public transportation has always been good for the environment,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Art Welch. “Pledging to be green, even for a day, focuses attention on how simple changes to our routines can make a big difference.”

Earth Day is an annual event that helps to raise awareness about environmental issues while providing tips for protecting resources at work, at play and at home. The first Earth Day, celebrated nearly 48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other ground-breaking environmental laws soon followed.

One of the easiest ways to participate in Earth Day is riding the bus. In fact, one of RTA’s large eco-friendly buses is capable of taking more than 40 cars and their harmful emissions off the road. Nationwide, public transportation use reduces carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. This is equivalent to Washington, DC; New York City; Atlanta; Denver; and Los Angeles combined stopping electricity use.

Riding the bus is not just good for the environment. It is also good for your bank account. Using public transportation is the quickest way to beat pain at the pump and a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $10,000 a year by downsizing to one car, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

RIVERSIDE, CA — April 17, 2018

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RTA’s Fuel Program Is Bearing Fruit

Move to private fuel provider six years ago allowing Agency to invest in existing services

An RTA campaign launched nearly six years ago to save the Agency gas money is paying off.

The Fuel Task Force Committee --- which began in 2012 and spearheaded by former RTA Board member and San Jacinto City Councilman Andrew Kotyuk along with current Board members County Supervisor Marion Ashley, Jeff Comerchero and Ike Bootsma --- cleared the path for how business is done at RTA when it comes to buying natural gas; participating in state and federal fuel credit programs; and working with a private contractor to manage the whole operation.

One of the biggest accomplishments of the committee was the decision in 2013 to purchase gas from an alternative fuel source instead of the public utility, the Agency’s fuel provider since the early 1990s. The move to GHI Energy, a Houston-based business that purchases and sells energy-related credits and petroleum products, helped RTA save approximately $3 million over the past four and a half years. The savings amounts to roughly $600,000 annually saved for taxpayers in fuel costs, allowing the Agency to keep fares low and invest in existing services.

Last week, RTA’s Board of Directors approved a new three-year agreement with GHI Energy to continue managing the Agency’s fuel program. The agreement is expected to save the Agency even more money moving forward.

“The efforts we put forth six years ago are starting to bear fruit,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Art Welch. “Not only are we saving tax-payer dollars, we are also investing in a world-class public transportation system.”

This isn’t the first time RTA has pushed the boundaries of how it fuels its fleet. In 1988, prior to today’s laws that regulate bus emissions, RTA was among the first transit systems in the nation to operate low-emission methanol buses. In fact, when RTA’s Riverside headquarters was built in 1986, it included a separate fueling system for alternative clean fuels. The drive for cleaner fuel didn’t stop there. In 2001, the Agency took its biggest step by replacing its entire fleet of diesel buses with compressed natural gas buses. Today, RTA’s employs nearly 175 CNG vehicles, including buses, trolleys and company vehicles.

Last year, the Agency unveiled its first near-zero natural gas vehicle. The 40-foot bus is powered by an engine that has a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gases, compared to RTA’s already clean-burning engines.

RTA officials say the partnership with GHI is a win-win situation.

“This innovative partnership is helping RTA save money and take advantage of plentiful supplies of natural gas,” Welch said. “It’s also part of a larger mission by RTA to better meet the needs of the customers and put a product on the streets that we can be proud of.”

 

RIVERSIDE, CA — March 5, 2018

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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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