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.”
For years, RTA has offered youth discounts on 30 Day passes, but this relatively new approach to offering rides for a quarter appears to be a hit among young riders. In fact, when RTA launched the quarter-rides during the summer and winter breaks of 2016, youth ridership climbed by 44,000 boardings. RTA expects ridership to get another boost this summer thanks to the special student fares.
Perhaps the program’s biggest benefit is the fact that students don’t need to worry about carrying or losing a bus pass. The cash discount provides immediate savings and instant access to all buses, including CommuterLink express buses which serve beach destinations. Plus, rather than spending money on bus fare, students can have more cash in their pockets when they arrive.
Getting to and from the bus stop may require a short walk, skateboard or bike ride. And yes, students can take their bike or skateboard on the bus. If they’re going to the beach on RTA’s CommuterLink Route 202, they can also take their surfboard.
While a school ID is the preferred method of getting a 25-ride, bus drivers also accept RTA Youth ID cards, or California driver’s licenses or state IDs showing the rider is under 19 years old.