Friday Tips: Riding Riverside Transit

The Riverside Transit Agency has a three step guide of riding its buses. Before you embark on the bus, follow these steps to make the most of your trip.

First, decide the starting point, where you need to go, and when you need to arrive at your destination. Use the RTA system map to help you determine which set of bus routes would work best. Alternatively, use RTA's Routes by Community to help you determine your bus routes found in the RTA Ride Guide or under the route schedules on RTA's website.

Once you've located your bus routes, follow these three steps to plan out your trip:

1. Using the individual route maps, find the beginning and ending point of your bus trip.

2. Find the time point closest to your beginning and ending bus trip location on the timetable.  Each time point on the route map has a corresponding column on the timetable. Remember that there are numerous bus stops in between each time point.

3. Find the column on the correct timetable that corresponds with your selected time point. Don't forget to double check that you're looking at the correct day of the week and direction of travel. Read down the column below the time point to find the time closest to your desired departure. You can estimate the time for stops between the time points by adding the amount of time it will take the bus to get from the previous time point to your stop.

If you're having trouble planning any public bus trip in Riverside County, be sure to call the RTA Customer Information Center at (951) 565-5002.