RTA is pleased to present you with the new Ride Guide, which covers September 13, 2020 through January 9, 2021. This isn’t just any guidebook. It has been designed with you, the customer, in mind and has plenty of new features to make your travel experience even better.  

Unlike paper guides, your digital guide provides several advantages, including the fact that routes and schedules can be updated immediately online should there be unexpected changes. Also, you don’t need to carry a paper guide anymore because it’s all on your mobile device. Plus, less paper means less waste and a cleaner environment on the bus.  

Take a closer look at your online guide. It contains hyperlinks that allow you to jump from the table of contents to a specific map or schedule. No more scrolling through the pages to find information. In addition, the maps and schedules have one-tap links that instantly connect you with websites for business, schools, government service, healthcare centers and other popular destinations.  

Whether you are viewing the guide online or downloading a PDF of it on your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, RTA is excited to make your travel experience even better and give you another reason to ride the bus. 

The Ride Guide isn’t the only place you can get information.

You can also get real-time bus arrival information on the BusWatch, Transit app, and Google Transit and instant route and schedule updates by signing up for iAlerts, BusWatch or visiting us on social media. The Customer Information Center is also a great resource for customers needing assistance planning their next trip. 

Filename Date Size
An Adobe Acrobat file System Map | September 2020 09-03-2020 657.84 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file Smart Ride Guide | September 2020 v3.0 10-07-2020 5.76 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file Service Change Guide | September 2020 09-03-2020 897.28 KB

The RTA Board of Directors has approved a conceptual plan for a mobility hub on five acres across form the Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station. The Vine Street Mobility Hub Conceptual Plan, done by the San Diego-based engineering firm Psomas, is essentially an early phase of the design process with broad outlines and concept sketches for the project. The plan calls for up to 18 bus bays and a design that incorporates the latest technology in preparation for RTA’s zero-emission bus deployment. The hub will also include seating, shelters, security features, a driver’s lounge, drought tolerant landscaping and integration with the City of Riverside’s bike lanes. The location is expected to be ideal due to its proximity to Metrolink trains, major employment centers, county and city government buildings, entertainment venues, the Convention Center, as well as UC Riverside and Riverside City College. The plan followed two community workshops and an online survey that sought public input on the project. With this conceptual plan approved, RTA will move into the project’s architectural and engineering phase.

Filename Date Size
An Adobe Acrobat file Combined Draft Report for Vine Street v1.0 08-13-2020 24.09 MB


Beginning this summer, most college students and anyone 18 and younger can ride Riverside Transit Agency buses for free all year long*.

To ride, students at participating colleges will use a free mobile ticketing app. Youth 18 and under will need to show valid ID to the driver. Once aboard, they can ride anywhere RTA buses go, anytime they operate. And yes, they can take your bike or skateboard with them on the bus.

With friendly drivers and a safe environment — and now free rides — RTA is a great option for young travelers headed to destinations near and far. Plus, there’s comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi service and USB charging ports to make the ride even better. Did we mention that it’s free? 

The free rides are made possible by a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.  


COLLEGE STUDENTS: When you register for classes, be sure to provide your mobile phone number. Then one week before classes start, you’ll receive a text message or email with instructions on downloading your free mobile pass. After that, simply validate your mobile pass whenever you board and enjoy the ride. Student ID cards will no longer be accepted. Participating schools include Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College and UC Riverside. 

YOUTH: To ride for free, simply show a valid school ID from the current school year, an RTA Youth ID card, a California driver’s license or any state-issued ID showing the rider is 18 or younger.

For schedule and route information, click here or contact RTA's Customer Information Center at (951) 565-5002.

. Dates subject to change.


Filename Date Size
An Adobe Acrobat file Zero Dollar Ride Program | Youth 08-01-2020 1.84 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file Zero Dollar Ride Program | RCC-MVC-MSJC-NC 08-01-2020 1.28 MB
An Adobe Acrobat file Zero Dollar Ride Program | La Sierra 08-01-2020 994.05 KB
An Adobe Acrobat file Zero Dollar Ride Program | Cal Baptist 08-01-2020 1.84 MB


On every trip you take with RTA, your safety and well-being is our number-one priority. We’re committed to giving you peace of mind when you travel with us. Here’s what RTA is doing to make your journey with us safe.

  1. Face coverings: Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required for all customers and coach operators. Be sure your face covering is on before you board and wear it during your entire trip. If you decline to wear one, you will not be able to ride.

  2. Expanded cleaning: For your peace of mind, RTA is cleaning and sanitizing buses with electrostatic foggers every day.

  3. Air filtration: We’ve upgraded our on-board ventilation system and filters to give you fresher, cleaner air while you ride.

  4. Safety barriers: To maintain a healthy environment while boarding, RTA is installing safety barriers on all buses to minimize contact between the drivers and customers. In the meantime, customers on buses without the barriers will be asked to board and exit from the rear doors to maximize safety.

  5. Maximum capacity: RTA is encouraging physical distancing onboard and while boarding. Up to seven customers can ride our smaller buses at one time, while up to 10 can ride our larger buses so there’s plenty of room to spread out.

  6. Service based on demand: We are always working hard to provide the most service possible based on demand and evolving health conditions. We are also collaborating with public health officials to keep our customers safe and our buses on the road. During these challenging times, RTA is operating a slimmed-down version of its service similar to a Sunday schedule. In some cases, sweeper buses are available to pick up anyone left behind due to capacity issues.

  7. Stay connected: Plan your next trip by visiting RiversideTransit.com or calling our Customer Information Center at (951) 565-5002. Real-time bus schedule arrival information is available on the BusWatch and Transit apps. You can also get instant route and schedule updates by signing up for iAlerts or Bus Watch or visit us on social media to stay in the loop..

  8. Go touch-free: You can now scan your mobile pass to limit physical interactions. Download the free Token Transit app for contactless payment.

  9. Keeping everyone safe: In an effort to maintain a safe environment onboard the bus, all RTA employees are required to pass a health check before starting work every day.

  10. Don’t travel if you’re sick: Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.


 Learn about the Vine Street Mobility Hub

RTA is hosting a virtual public workshop to share information and solicit public feedback on the future mobility hub on Vine Street near downtown Riverside. The mobility hub will be located across the street from the Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station, and close to entertainment and employment destinations. This workshop is a great resource for members of the public and stakeholders to learn more about this significant project and get updates from the first workshop held in Fe


DATE: Thursday, June 25 through Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The virtual meeting will focus on the following: 

  • Project area 
  • Site plan
  • Station elements
  • Concepts/designs
  • Project schedule
  • Overview sheet
  • Feedback station

Visit the project website to access the virtual meeting room: vinestmobilityhub.com


RTA  is proposing several route and schedule changes that are expected to take effect over the next several months. It’s all part of our effort to meet the changing needs of our valued customers and evolve with our growing communities. Click below for details on the proposed changes and see how you can get involved.