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Press Releases

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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.”



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.


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.).


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.


RTA To Kick Off New RapidLink Express Service

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.


RTA Wants People To Give Up Their Cars For The Day

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.


Riverside Transit Agency

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1825 Third Street
P.O. Box 59968
Riverside, CA 92517-1968
(951) 565-5000
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