The Point: Daily boardings climb more than 60 percent during first year 

More bus riders than ever are enjoying life in the 91 Express Lanes, thanks to the Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) CommuterLink Express Route 200.

Since launching the service in January 2018, RTA has seen a steady growth in ridership. The number of passengers has grown from 385 to 625 per day, a jump of 62 percent. The first half of the year averaged more than 12,000 boardings each month, while the second half of the year averaged nearly 16,000 monthly boardings.

CommuterLink Express 200 uses the 91 Express Lanes to bypass traffic 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.

Riders can hop aboard for $3 or less round trip. Stops include Disneyland, the Village at Orange, Riverside-La Sierra Metrolink Station, Galleria at Tyler, Riverside-Downtown Metrolink Station, Downtown Riverside and the San Bernardino Downtown Transit Center. Lower fares are available for children, seniors and riders with disabilities. As always, City of Riverside employees as well as college students at participating Go-Pass and U-Pass schools ride for free. Service includes free Wi-Fi, charging ports and comfortable seats.

Additionally, Inland Empire residents can apply to receive $2/day incentives for riding public transit 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.