Service span for most of the local public bus routes in Riverside County ends shortly after the evening rush hour. This prevents several retail and entertainment sector employees who work into the late night hours from using the bus system to return home. A major hurdle for late night bus service has long been the lack of public funding; however RTA has short range plans to launch extended service on high density bus routes.
RTA has proposed later evening and potential late night bus service service on major regional and local routes over the course of the next three years. Transit agencies and cities should also explore public/private partnership opportunities with the entertainment and hospitality sector for additional funding for late night bus service for Riverside County. Such partnerships with restaurants, entertainment centers, nightclubs, and casinos will allow agencies like the Riverside Transit Agency to meet the requests for late night bus service all around Riverside County.
Often labeled as a rural community, Riverside County has grown into a lively Southern California community with plentiful nighttime activity, especially on weekends. Late night bus service in Riverside County will provide many benefits to the public, such as public transportation alternatives for patrons and employees after dark, reduction in dangerous drunk-driving on roads, and business opportunities for the private sector.
In addition, as public transportation is brought into the late night hours, quality of life will improve by reducing the use of the automobile and traffic congestion. A major incentive for the private sector would be bus-loads of additional paying patrons and customers while providing additional transportation options to employees as a benefit.
As the Inland Empire's economy grows, we hope to see late night service on RTA's local bus routes including possible night owl service on Routes 1 and 16 in conjunction with expanded intercity services.
The Transit Coalition is an entirely grassroots campaign, supported by the time and resources given by concerned citizens. With your support, you can help us make late night bus service a reality!
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