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RTA Driver Is Top Cowboy At International Roadeo

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.”


RTA Debuts First Near-Zero Emission Engine

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.”


Public Hearing On Proposed FY18 Budget and FY18-FY20 Short Range Transit Plan

Notice is hereby given that on May 25 the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) will hold a public hearing for the Agency’s proposed FY18 Budget and FY18-FY20 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. at the RTA Board of Directors meeting at the County of Riverside Administrative Building, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 4080 Lemon Street, First Floor, in Riverside.

Beginning May 3, the FY18 budget and SRTP may be reviewed in person at RTA Headquarters, 1825 Third Street in Riverside, or online at Comments may be submitted at the May 25 Board meeting or by phone at (951) 565-5002, e-mail at [email protected] or standard mail at 1825 Third Street, Riverside, CA 92507, attention Director of Planning and Chief Financial Officer.

Any person who requires a translation into a language other than English in order to participate in the meeting should contact RTA at (951) 565-5002 no fewer than two business days prior to this meeting to enable RTA to make reasonable arrangements to assure a translator at this meeting.

The Riverside Transit Agency is committed to providing non-discriminatory service and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin. To notify us of any perceived discrimination, please contact the Customer Information Center at (951) 565-5002.


RTA to Unveil Upgraded Shelter at Wlldomar Library

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.”


RTA Celebrates 40 Years Of Service

In celebration of the milestone, Agency offering free lunch every week for customers

RIVERSIDE, CA — March 24, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is celebrating four decades of service with employee- and customer-focused events through the year.

Back in 1977, RTA’s headquarters was a converted gas station in Riverside out of which 60 employees launched service with 26 used vehicles, six routes and the slogan “RTA is here to stay.” Since then, the Agency has expanded greatly to serve the changing needs of a growing region. Today, RTA’s 328 vehicles are handling nearly nine million boardings a year on 36 routes, eight CommuterLink express routes and a senior and disabled Dial-A-Ride service.

“We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone with the community,” Chair Linda Krupa said. “This milestone allows us to reflect on our accomplishments over the years and focus on a bright future. It also lets us honor the employees, Board members, stakeholders and customers who made RTA what it is today.”

In celebration of its 40 year anniversary, RTA is giving away a free lunch — and a swag bag of goodies — to 40 lucky people during the year courtesy of Sub Station at UC Riverside. To be entered into the contest, customers simply like, share or follow RTA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Contest winners outside of the Riverside area will receive coupons for free lunches in their own cities.

More promotions are underway, including special “40 Years of Service” decals on the side of selected vehicles. RTA’s website is celebrating the ruby anniversary with a special section on the Agency’s history and key milestones.

Some of those milestones are worth mentioning.


Linda Krupa To Lead RTA Board Of Directors In 2017

Hemet Mayor unanimously supported as new chair for RTA’s 40th year

RIVERSIDE, CA — February 3, 2017 — The Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa to take leadership of the 22-member governing board.

As chair, Krupa will be responsible for leading the RTA Board in setting policy, guiding Agency priorities, conducting the Agency’s monthly Board meetings and representing RTA during public events. She assumes the responsibilities held most recently by Jurupa Valley City Councilman Frank Johnston.

Krupa has been a driving force on the Board for five years and served as first vice chair in 2016.

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow Board members for this important position,” Krupa said. “This is a significant time for the Riverside Transit Agency as it embarks on new efforts to remain a vital part of our communities and evolve in positive ways to meet the changing needs of our valued customers.”


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