The Point: Programs make it easier for students and other riders to hop on the bus 

With most schools back in session, transit operations across Riverside County are making it easier for students and other riders to catch free – or deeply discounted – rides around town.

  • Beaumont Transit is offering free fares through December 2021 for all riders. The free fare promotion is provided through a grant from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) administered by Caltrans in partnership with the California Air Resources Board and State Controller’s Office to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For bus information, visit the city’s Beaumont Transit webpage.
  • The Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency, which serves the greater Blythe area, offers free rides to all through June 30, 2022 or until funding for this program is depleted. Funding is provided by the LCTOP source noted above. See bus schedules and other information here.
  • Riverside Transit Agency has free fares through June 30, 2022 for riders 18 years and younger and for college students attending Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Norco College, Riverside City College, and UC Riverside. General riders, seniors, riders with disabilities, and veterans may buy a $5 pass in October that will allow unlimited rides on fixed route buses for 30 days from the date of purchase. Dial-a-Ride customers may purchase a 10-ticket book for $5 for the same time frame. Learn more.
  • In the Coachella Valley, SunLine Transit offers free SunBus rides through its HaulPass Program. Students in grades 9-12 and students attending Cal State University, San Bernardino-Palm Desert campus, or College of the Desert may ride free with student identification. Visit their website for details.

As a reminder, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order, all passengers must wear face masks when riding public transportation. Please travel safely!