Youth and College Students to Ride Free

If you ride the bus, your service could be getting a whole lot better this weekend. That’s because the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is about to adjust nearly 40 routes to boost performance, enhance connections and expand service into new areas.

Plus, youth and college students will continue to get free rides through next summer.

On Sunday, August 15, RTA will make schedule and route changes to 36 bus routes, virtually affecting in some way nearly every RTA route that serves western Riverside County. The majority of the routes will get minor tweaks while a few will get more substantial upgrades. Perhaps the most significant improvements include the addition of more morning and evening trips, better service to area schools and the return of the Route 55 Temecula Trolley (which serves the community of Harveston, Promenade Mall and Chaparral High School) and Route 51 Crest Cruiser trolley (which serves the area surrounding UC Riverside), which were sidelined due to the pandemic. RTA will also resume separate weekday and weekend schedules for most routes.

By the numbers, look for 149 additional bus trips systemwide, expanded service on 10 routes, improved frequency on nine routes and improved hours of operation on 10 routes.

For customers who ride RTA’s busiest route, the Route 1, look for service to operate as early as 3:22 a.m. and as late as 10:25 p.m. Route 3 customers will spend less time waiting for their bus because service frequency will go from the current 120 minutes to 75 minutes, with service resuming to Norco College. Other major enhancements include the expansion of routes 19 and 24 to serve Moreno Valley College and Mt. San Jacinto College in Temecula, respectively. Plus, Route 79 will be expanded to serve Old Town Temecula and the Route 8 will begin service to the new Walmart in Lake Elsinore.

RTA Chair Linda Krupa said there are so many reasons to ride the bus. With friendly drivers and a safe environment, RTA is a great option for travelling to destinations near and far. Plus, there’s comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi service and USB charging ports to make the ride even better.

“With buses back at full capacity, it’s our pleasure to welcome everyone back on board,” Krupa said. “We’ve made a spectrum of improvements that reflect our commitment to meet the changing needs of our valued customers and get our region moving again.”

That’s not all. RTA provides free rides to anyone 18 or younger and students attending Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College and UC Riverside.

RTA routes undergoing schedule and/or routing changes include the 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19/19A, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 41, 42, 49, 51, 55, 61, 74, 79, 200, 204 and 206. RTA typically makes service adjustments every four months.

More information on the changes can be found in the new Ride Guide and Service Change Guide available now at