New route will serve 14 stops between Corona and UC Riverside
RIVERSIDE, CA — August 21, 2017 — Say hello to a faster way to get around town.
On Monday, August 28, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) will launch RapidLink Gold Line, an express route between Corona and UC Riverside along Magnolia and University avenues. The route will provide weekday- only service during peak commuting hours with buses departing every 15 minutes --- providing service that’s up to 30 percent faster than other buses along the same corridor.
To celebrate the new service, RTA will host a public ribbon-cutting this Friday at 11 a.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and Lemon Street in downtown Riverside.
“It’s a great time to be a bus rider,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “Having these new RapidLink buses on the streets gives us a major boost in terms of what we can offer our customers, and we are thrilled to introduce the next generation of RTA buses to members of the public who are ready to try public transit --- maybe for the first time.”
RapidLink may be faster than other RTA buses but it doesn’t cost more. Rides are free for the first week, August 28 through September 1. After that, the general cost to ride is $1.50, the same as other RTA local bus routes, and all RTA passes are accepted as well as U-Pass, Go-Pass and City Pass programs.
National Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 15
RIVERSIDE, CA — June 7, 2017 — Leave your gas-guzzler at home and ride the bus on Thursday, June 15. That’s the message the Riverside Transit Agency is spreading for Dump the Pump Day, a national event on June 15 that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money and help the environment.
To sweeten the deal, RTA’s street team will provide giveaways and a limited number of free 1-Day passes at Riverside City Hall at the corner of Main and 9th streets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While there, members of the public can step inside a brand-new RapidLink bus, which will launch this fall with express service between Corona and Riverside.
“Dump the Pump Day is a great incentive for people to try out the bus, even if it’s just for the day,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “Whether it’s to save money, reduce stress or help the environment, there’s never been a better time to ride.”
Indeed, there has never been a better time to catch the bus.
RTA vehicle gets new life connecting kids with after-school events
RIVERSIDE, CA — June 2, 2017 — Thousands of Southwest County youth have a new ride around town.
That’s because the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) this week gave away one of its retired buses to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest County, which will use the vehicle to take children to and from educational and cultural events throughout Temecula and the surrounding area.
The non-profit group accepted the 2009 Chevrolet El Dorado bus during a ceremony at RTA’s Riverside headquarters. The 26-passenger vehicle has exceeded its recommended service life and is no longer capable of remaining in RTA’s active fleet, but remains in good condition and can accommodate two wheelchairs.
At the donation ceremony, club president and CEO Grant Anderson said the bus will be a valuable addition to the club, allowing staff to pick up kids after school and take them to the clubhouse at Kent Hintergardt Park in Temecula. The vehicle will also come in handy for field trips and other after-school activities.
The club, which was established in 1991, serves more than 1,000 children each year through its before- and after- school programs, and summer break camps in Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore.
Youth riders pay 25 cents to ride the bus from June 1 through September 4
RIVERSIDE, CA — May 25, 2017 — Getting around this summer is about to get a lot easier for local youth.
Next month, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) will roll out a special 25-cent fare for students who ride between June 1 and September 4. Students in grades 1-12 simply need to flash their school ID to ride for a quarter to the movies, the mall, the beach — anywhere RTA goes, anytime buses operate. With comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi service and USB charging ports, there’s never been a better time to ride the bus.
RTA Chair Linda Krupa said the new fare is a great way for students to find a safe and affordable way to get around town.
“We are thrilled to provide students with an alternative way to travel this summer,” Krupa said. “Perhaps best of all, parents can rest assured that their children will be safe on the way to wherever they’re going.”
Kyle Jones is first driver in RTA history to take top spot
RIVERSIDE, CA — May 10, 2017 — Kyle Jones is the first driver in Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) history to conquer the international bus roadeo.
The coach operator’s driving skills earned him a first-place victory this week at the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) International Bus Roadeo in Reno, Nevada. Jones competed against drivers from transit agencies across the United States and Canada, giving RTA its first international victory in 40 years.
“Winning the whole thing is a personal achievement for me, and I’m so proud to bring home the trophy to RTA,” said Jones, who has competed in the contest three times.
Though a rodeo may conjure images of drivers tossing lassos on buses, it’s really just an elaborate obstacle course. Speed, timing and precision all matter. During the two-day event, drivers steered their 30,000-pound, 40-foot machines through a timed serpentine obstacle course of cones, sharp turns and challenging back-ups. Judges observed the performance of each bus operator and noted how well they completed each element on the course.
Jones earned a spot at this year’s international roadeo after winning local and regional contests. In fact, he has won RTA’s annual bus roadeo the past three years, gaining a reputation as RTA’s undisputed cowboy. His international driving victory is the first ever for Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Southern California as a whole.
“I just love to compete,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in my job, and it’s a big thrill to go against the best in the business.”
Agency continues to push boundaries in bus technology
RIVERSIDE, CA — April 27, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has unveiled its first near-zero emission natural gas vehicle.
The Agency’s latest push for cleaner air has resulted in a near-zero emission engine aboard a 40-foot bus. On the outside, the 40-foot bus looks similar to others in the fleet. It has the same 280-horsepower and runs on compressed natural gas. But what sets this bus apart is its suped-up engine which takes thinking green to a whole new level.
The ISL G 280 NZ engine was installed in December. The new engine has a 90 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gases, compared to RTA’s already clean-burning engines.
The new engine gets better performance due to an enhanced control system that monitors sensors, and fuel and ignition systems. Other factors include a three-way catalyst that’s packaged as part of the muffler and provides consistent emissions control, and closed crankcase ventilation system that reduces emissions.
“RTA is proud to be a long-time advocate of cleaner, greener technologies,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “This is another example of how we are exploring new and innovative ways to travel.”