Ribbon-cutting ceremony is Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m.
RIVERSIDE, CA — April 18, 2017 — Getting to and from the library has never been so good.
That’s because the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has finished construction on a new bus shelter at the Wildomar’s Mission Trail Community Library, 34303 Mission Trail, and will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. City leaders, library patrons and RTA staff are expected to be in attendance.
Before now, the bus stop consisted of a simple bench that could seat up to three people. The new shelter has a sleeker look, provides shade, route information, a trash receptacle, and, in keeping with the times, comes equipped with solar-powered lighting.
“This new shelter is a symbol of RTA’s pledge to meet the evolving needs of its customers,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “We are working hard to ensure the bus remains a vital and attractive way to get around.”
The shelter is part of a larger effort to upgrade bus service across the region. In fact, this particular bus shelter is the first of two in the Wildomar area. The other is at the intersection of Palomar and Central streets. Bus stops at two other Wildomar locations --- Wildomar Assisted Living and Inland Valley Hospital --- have received their own upgrades.
In all, RTA has installed more than 50 of these new shelters systemwide. And more are on the way.
“RTA is making good on its commitment to continually improve passenger amenities,” said Bridgette Moore, who represents the City of Wildomar on the RTA Board of Directors. “This new shelter not only improves the streetscape, but also enhances our customers’ overall travel experience.”
Bus stops aren’t the only things getting upgrades. Earlier this year, RTA enhanced the way it delivers service in Riverside by closing the downtown terminal and upgrading bus stops on busy downtown streets. This spring, RTA’s BusWatch program at www.RTABus.com will expand to include arrival times at dozens of stops for all routes. This fall, RTA will debut an express service called RapidLink, which will provide faster service along Magnolia and University avenues between Corona and UC Riverside.
RTA buses have also been upgraded over the past few years to include comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.