New express buses now running from UC Riverside to Corona
By Imran Ghori
New RapidLink express buses started Monday, Aug. 28, offering what officials say is a quicker ride for commuters between Corona and Riverside.
Tatiana Coover, a 25-year-old Corona resident and UC Riverside graduate student, got on a bus at the beginning of the route at the Corona Transit Center and took it to its end point at UCR. It seemed faster, Coover said, and she preferred it to the stress of driving the freeway.
“Whatever I can do to avoid the 91,” she said. “It’s a huge advantage.”
The Riverside Transit Agency buses travel the same route as the current Route 1 but with fewer stops — shaving the trip time by 30 percent. The 19-mile route is the most heavily-used, with about 7,000 riders a day, agency officials say.
“People have been asking for a better way around town,” said Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa, president of the RTA board, at a Friday, Aug. 25, ceremony to celebrate the service’s kick-off. “We have listened and we have delivered.”
The start-up cost for the buses and stops is $11.6 million and is paid for by federal, state and local dollars.
Taha Farrooqi, a 22-year-old Corona resident and UCR student, had already tried RapidLink on Friday, when RTA had a limited soft launch. He said his trip from Magnolia and McKinley avenues in Corona to UCR was about 20 minutes faster than usual.
“It was really efficient,” he said. “I really liked it.”
A new Rapid Link express bus leaves a stop in Riverside on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Taha Farooqi, 22, of Corona, rides the new Rapid Link express […]