The Point: Summer boardings on the rise, due in part to new late night service from Disneyland


Riverside and San Bernardino County residents who ride the Riverside Transit Agency’s CommuterLink Express Route 200 to the Happiest Place on Earth don’t have to head home before the nightly fireworks show any longer. RTA has added a late bus on this route, which now departs Disneyland at 10:15 p.m., seven days a week.

Route 200 uses the 91 Express Lanes to bypass traffic congestion and provide a more reliable trip. The Riverside County Transportation Commission purchased the Route 200 buses as part of the 91 Project, fulfilling a promise to expand public transit options with the 91 Express Lanes. RCTC is funding the first two years of operations of Route 200 with Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Riverside County.

For $3 or less round trip, Inland Empire commuters can connect from the San Bernardino Transit Center to various stops in Riverside, the Village at Orange, Angel Stadium and Disneyland. Lower fares are available for children, seniors and riders with disabilities. Service includes free Wi-Fi, charging ports and comfortable seats.

Since it began in January, Route 200 has seen a steady increase in ridership. During its first month, ridership hovered around 2,500 boardings per week. Since then, ridership has climbed 40 percent to roughly 3,500 each week, and summer ridership has grown as high as 3,700 boardings per week.

More good news is on the way. In September, RTA plans to add another afternoon trip on Route 200 that will depart Disneyland at about 4 p.m., giving customers and cast members another reason to trade their car keys for a bus pass.

Additionally, western Riverside County residents and San Bernardino County residents can apply to receive $2/day incentives for riding Route 200 to work. For more information about ways to improve your commute, please visit IECommuter, a service of RCTC and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

For a detailed Route 200 map and schedules, please click here.