The Point: Three new lots open in Beaumont, San Jacinto, and Temecula

Busy morning? After taking the kiddos to school, dropping off Fido at doggy daycare, and grabbing a cup of coffee, you could use a convenient spot to park your car and continue your commute to work. With more and more employees returning to the office as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and with rising prices at the gas pump, it’s a great time to check out ridesharing options.

Park & Ride Lots are the perfect spot to meet your carpool and vanpool partners or to connect to train and bus routes. The lots offer safe, well-lit places to park and help reduce highway congestion by promoting carpooling and transit use. Ridesharing also decreases pollution and helps you save money by driving less.

The Riverside County Transportation Commission, working with public and private entities, manages 32 Park & Ride Lots in western Riverside County, as part of its overall goal of providing alternative transportation solutions. Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax in Riverside County, provides funding for commuter assistance programs, like ridesharing, teleworking, and Park & Ride Lots, helping to reduce traffic congestion and offer incentives to those who drive less.

In the last few months, three new lots opened in Beaumont, San Jacinto and Temecula. Drivers will need to park in marked stalls and follow posted signs:

1. City of Beaumont – 600 E. 6th, Beaumont

Next to the Beaumont Civic Center, this lot features three electric vehicle charging stations. Bus stops that serve RTA CommuterLink Routes 120 and 125 as well as Beaumont Transit Routes 3 and 4 are just across the street

2. City of San Jacinto – 501 S. San Jacinto Ave., San Jacinto

This lot is adjacent to San Jacinto City Hall and is just one block (Route 79 & 6th Street) from RTA bus stops that serve Routes 42, 74 and 79 and one block (Route 79 & Main Street) from the RTA Route 32 stop.

3. Grace Presbyterian Church – 31143 Nicolas Rd., Temecula

This lot is open Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (no parking on the weekends) and provides easy access to I-15 from Winchester Road

For a listing of all of the Park and Ride Lots in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, click here. And to learn more about ridesharing, including commute options, teleworking, incentives, vanpool subsidies, and support for employers, go to