The Point: RTA RapidLink Service Saves 30% Trip Time At Same Cost, Free For Students

The Riverside Transit Agency’s new RapidLink Gold Line service between UC Riverside and Corona launched this month, creating Riverside County’s first limited-stop bus service that reduces trip times by up to 30 percent between UCR and the Corona Transit Center.

As the most heavily traveled transit route in the county, this development along the 19-mile route offers thousands of commuters a fast, affordable and comfortable choice for their daily commutes.

“RapidLink will benefit thousands of Riverside County residents,” said RCTC Chair and RTA Board Member John Tavaglione. “As our county continues to grow, it’s vital for us to continue to partner with RTA and other transit providers to ensure more services like this are available to residents. RTA should be proud of this achievement.”

The new line ushers in a new level of transit service in the Inland Empire. Buses arrive every 15 minutes during peak commuting hours and feature free Wi-Fi, USB chargers, and a rack that can carry up to two bikes. The buses also use clean-burning Compressed Natural Gas fuels that reduce emissions. Customers will also be able to track these buses in real-time with BusWatch at or on the BusWatch app.

As the regional transportation planning agency for Riverside County, RCTC serves as a funding partner for transit projects like this one. We are proud partners with RTA, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine), and numerous municipal transit providers.

For more information regarding stop locations, bus schedules, and travel times, see this RTA fact sheet.

In addition to this line, RTA is also exploring a second RapidLink line connecting Moreno Valley and Perris.