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RapidLink Brings BRT to Riverside, CA

BRT made its first appearance in Riverside, CA, with the opening of the River­side Transit Agency (RTA) ­RapidLink Gold Line, an express route in the 19-mile corridor between the Corona Transit Center and the University of California at Riverside.

RTA hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony a few days ahead of the Aug. 28 launch of service.

“People have been asking for a better way around town. We have listened. And we have delivered,” said RTA Chair Linda Krupa. “We have delivered something our community can be proud of. Something that has the potential to be big, significant and affirming. Something that has the potential to make a difference in our lives.”

RapidLink operates with 16 specially branded, CNG-powered 40-foot buses from Gillig that can carry up to 38 seated customers and 17 standees. On-board amenities include free Wi-Fi, USB charging ports and racks that can hold up to two bikes.

Krupa said, “Having these new RapidLink buses on the streets gives us a major boost in terms of what we can offer our customers, and we are thrilled to introduce the next generation of RTA buses to members of the public who are ready to try public transit—maybe for the first time.”

The route operates weekdays during peak commuting hours, serving 14 locations and departing every 15 minutes, providing service up to 30 percent faster than other buses along the corridor.

The BRT line is RTA’s latest effort to expand service during a time of significant growth, including new buses four years ago, adding bus shelters at 55 locations earlier this year and the recent launch of a ­BusWatch app that provides real-time bus locations and arrival times for all routes at stops systemwide. Future plans may include new mobility hubs and a second RapidLink route.

RTA Chair Linda Krupa, center with scissors, and other members of the RTA Board of Directors cut the ribbon to introduce RapidLink Gold Line BRT.
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