The Point: Students 18 years and younger can ride on the cheap June 1 to September 3  

Summer is right around the corner and the Riverside Transit Agency urges students to not sit home playing video games. The world awaits with bargain bus fares of only 25 cents to destinations throughout the southland from June 1 to September 3.

Students 18 years and younger with photo ID can hop on Route 49 to splash at Cove Water Park in Jurupa Valley; Route 23 to play a few frames at Brunswick Bowl in Murrieta; or routes 1, 15 and RapidLink Gold Line to visit Castle Park in Riverside. Other get-out-of-the-house ideas include riding routes 3 or 29 to catch a movie at Edwards Eastvale Gateway 14, routes 205 or 206 to shop at Dos Lagos in Corona, Route 202 to hit the beach in Oceanside, or dozens of other destinations in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties.

For teens with a summer job, RTA offers service throughout the region on 37 fixed routes and nine CommuterLink express routes to help students get to work on time.

RTA offers comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi service and USB ports for charging those oh-so-important devices. Skateboards and bikes are allowed on buses, too, along with surfboards for students headed to the beach.

The Riverside County Transportation Commission helps fund public transit services, including RTA.

For information about bus routes and schedules, visit or call the Customer Service Center (open nightly until 10 p.m.) at 951-565-5002. For a list of fun places to visit this summer for just a quarter, click here.