Riverside Transit Agency

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Riverside Transit Agency
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A NABI-manufactured Riverside Transit Agency bus in Riverside, California, United States
Founded 1975[1]
Headquarters 1825 Third Street
Riverside, CA 92517-1968[2]
Service area Western Riverside County, California, United States[1]
Service type Bus service, paratransit
Routes 44[3]
Fleet 276 [4]
Fuel type Compressed natural gas[5]
Website http://www.riversidetransit.com

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) was established as a Joint Powers Agency on August 15, 1975 and began operating bus service on March 16, 1977. RTA is the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency for western Riverside County and is responsible for coordinating transit services throughout the approximate 2,500 square mile service area, providing driver training, assistance with grant applications and development of Short Range Transit Plans (SRTPs).


RTA provides both local and regional services throughout the region with 36 fixed-routes, eight CommuterLink routes, and Dial-A-Ride services using 276 vehicles. In the cities of Corona, Beaumont and Banning, RTA coordinates regional services with municipal transit systems. In Riverside, RTA coordinates with the city's Riverside Special Services, which provides ADA complementary service to RTA's fixed-route services. [6]


RTA experienced record ridership in Fiscal Year 2014 with over 9.5 million boardings. [7]

Governance[edit]

RTA is governed by a board of directors composed of 22 elected officials from 18 cities in western Riverside County and four members of the County Board of Supervisors.

The member jurisdictions include the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Corona, Eastvale, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Murrieta, Norco, Perris, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar and the unincorporated areas of Riverside County Supervisorial Districts I, II, III and V. [8]

Fixed routes[edit]

RTA’s service consists of 36 local fixed routes and 8 commuter express routes. The fixed-route service also includes tourist trolleys (stylized rubber-tired buses, not to be confused with actual trolleys).

In 2003, RTA launched CommuterLink, its first bus service designed to serve Riverside County’s growing number of commuters. The specially designed express buses have limited stop service to major transit centers and Metrolink stations in Riverside, San Diego, Orange and San Bernardino counties. In 2005, RTA debuted free Wi-Fi Internet service aboard its Temecula-Oceanside CommuterLink Route 202, making the agency among the first in Southern California to offer such amenities aboard public buses. Wi-fi is now commonly offered on all of the agency's CommuterLink routes. CommuterLink website


Route list [9]

Bus rapid transit[edit]

RTA plans on implementing a bus rapid transit (BRT) system called RapidLink along Magnolia Avenue, from Riverside to Corona, largely paralleling the existing Route 1 with limited stops and traffic-signal priority. The project as proposed would closely resemble LACMTA's Metro Rapid lines, with buses traveling in mixed traffic rather than a dedicated lane.

Dial-a-ride[edit]

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, RTA provides priority service to persons who, due to a disability, are unable to use the public fixed-route bus system. Dial-A-Ride is an origin-to-destination advanced reservation transportation service whose vehicles travel to areas within three-quarters of a mile of an RTA local fixed route. Dial-A-Ride service is provided at times equivalent to local fixed-route bus service in that area. There is no service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The base fare for Dial-A-Ride service is $3.00 per passenger, per boarding. The maximum fare is $9.00 per one-way trip and will be based on the number of city zones you travel. Depending on where your trip begins and ends, you may be required to transfer. [10]

Fares[edit]

Fare Categories Base Fares Day Pass 7-Day Pass 30-Day Pass
General $1.50 $4 $16 $50
Youth (grades 1-12) $1.50 $4 $16 $35
Senior/Disabled/Veteran 70¢ $2 $16 $23
Child (46" tall or under) 25¢ N/A N/A N/A
CommuterLink General/Youth $3 $7 N/A $75
CommuterLink Senior/Disabled/Veteran $2 $5 N/A $50
CommuterLink Child $2 N/A N/A N/A

College passes[edit]

In September 2006, RTA partnered with the University of California, Riverside (UCR) to provide their students with an all-access bus pass. UC Riverside students get free rides by swiping their valid university identification cards through any RTA bus farebox when they board. The program, which is dubbed U-Pass, is designed to help ease traffic congestion around campus, reduce parking problems and encourage ride-sharing. Additionally, RTA operates a trolley service called the Crest Cruiser that is free to UCR students and travels around the university to off-campus housing and retail outlets. Students of La Sierra University have also benefited from U-Pass since January 2009, and California Baptist University joined the program in August 2009.

As of August 21, 2008, RTA has also partnered with Riverside Community College District (RCCD) to provide the same free transit services to students at the Riverside City and Moreno Valley college campuses. (The Norco campus failed to pass an initiative to fund the program, and currently only students at Riverside and Moreno Valley are eligible.) [11] The program, called Go Pass, requires that students swipe their valid RCCD College Cards through the bus farebox when boarding. No additional transit services have been implemented in conjunction with this partnership. As of November 2009, the Go-Pass has logged more than a million RCCD student rides averaging nearly 70,000 free rides per month.[12]

Fare subsidies[edit]

City of Riverside employees ride free under the CityPass program,[13] which was initiated in the summer of 2007.

Under an agreement with the Riverside County Courts, anyone serving as a juror at the Riverside, Banning and Murrieta Courthouses is entitled to free travel on any RTA bus.

The city of Riverside, using funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, began offering discounted bus passes to all residents of the city in December 2009. This program, called Riverside Go Transit, provides a 30% discount on monthly passes.[14]


Active Duty Military, Police and Fire Personnel

Any person who meets RTA active duty military, police or fire personnel requirements rides free on RTA fixed-route buses. Active duty military personnel must wear the appropriate uniform at the time of boarding or present to the driver a valid U.S. Unformed Services ID card indicating active service or a Common Access card indicating uniformed services or active duty. Police and fire personnel must be in full uniform at the time of boarding. Customers must wear the appropriate uniform or show appropriate ID each time they board a bus to receive the discounted fare. [15]

Transit centers[edit]

RTA maintains several transit centers throughout their service area. The primary transit center, the Riverside Downtown Terminal, is located between University and Mission Inn Avenues just west of Market Street in downtown Riverside. It has 8 bus bays and is located adjacent to the Riverside Greyhound station.

The new Perris transit center, located between 1st and 2nd Streets east of C Street in Perris, opened on January 10, 2010, with 6 bus bays and a park-and-ride lot. The center is also a station for weekend excursion trains from the Orange Empire Railway Museum, and will be a station on the Metrolink Perris Valley Line, which is scheduled to be running by 2011.

The Corona Transit Center opened in September 2010, adjacent to the North Main Corona Metrolink station. The center has 9 bus bays, additional park-and-ride parking, and a direct connection to the Metrolink station and its associated parking garage via a pedestrian bridge.

Major transfer points are also located at several shopping centers throughout the area: The Galleria at Tyler, the Moreno Valley Mall, the Hemet Valley Mall, the Lake Elsinore Outlet Center and Temecula's Promenade Mall.

To keep up with growing demand for public transit, RTA is developing several new transit centers. Plans are underway to construct new transit centers in Riverside (the current terminal is over capacity) and in Temecula.

New Vine Street Transit Center:Our new Vine Street Transit Center Terminal in downtown riverside is will plans to be project expansion is coming in 2016 of new bus bays of Omnitrans, Sunline Transit Agency and R.T.A. to new bus shelters and new bus stops.

Fleet[edit]

Bus #2213 in Riverside's Canyon Crest neighborhood, running on RTA Route 16

RTA's 40-foot buses, Trolleys and CommuterLink buses are powered entirely by compressed natural gas, with the agency's conversion to the fuel completed in 2001. They also operate CNG fueling stations at their Riverside and Hemet maintenance facilities that help fuel not only transit vehicles, but the alternative-fuel fleet of various government agencies.[16]

On urban routes, the most common vehicle in the fleet is the NABI 40-LFW, a 40-foot low-floor bus. There are 94 of these vehicles in service, with 47 purchased in 2001 and in 2002. They bear either 2100- or 2200-series fleet numbers depending on their year of purchase. 3 New Flyer C40LF buses are still in the fleet, which bear 9700-series numbers, and 5 Flxible Metro "E" buses are also occasionally pressed into service.[16]

CommuterLink service is provided by a mix of vehicles. The 202 operates with Thomas Built Buses SLF232G's, which bear 3000-series numbers. The 206 uses specially painted and outfitted NABI 40LFW's. Many CommuterLink routes (and this often varies on a trip-by-trip basis) are operated with ElDorado National Aerotech cutaway vans, some of which are gasoline-fueled.[17]

Service on rural routes is primarily provided by El Dorado Aerotech vans of varying sizes, and trolley service is provided by Optima AH-28's.[16]

Our RTA-Riverside Transit Agency for retired buses from RTS and Flxible Buses will retired in 2002-2003 to new promo buses is coming in 2013-2014.

Financials[edit]

RTA is largely funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), State of California Transportation Development Act (TDA), the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program funds.

Transportation NOW[edit]

In 1992, RTA’s Board of Directors created Transportation NOW to promote the discussion of public transportation alternatives. Since then, the program has grown to include six chapters: Greater Riverside, Hemet San Jacinto area, Moreno Valley/Perris, Northwest, San Gorgonio Pass area, and Southwest. Each chapter meets monthly to discuss current issues surrounding public transit and ways to promote its usage and lobby for improvements.[18]

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