New express buses to offer rapid rides between Riverside and Corona – California News

New express buses to offer rapid rides between Riverside and Corona – California News

New buses set to roll this summer should get riders from Riverside to Corona — one of the region’s most heavily traveled routes — 30 percent faster.

The new express bus service, dubbed RapidLink, will start Aug. 28 and take people from UC Riverside through downtown to the Metrolink station in Corona with fewer stops than regular buses. The Riverside Transit Agency already runs other long-distance commuter buses, but this would be its first along a shorter route with its own distinct bus stops.

It’s one of the agency’s two new programs aimed at easing travel. Next year, it will start a commuter bus line from San Bernardino to Orange County that will use the new 91 Freeway toll lanes through Corona.

The RapidLink line will be the Inland area’s second rapid transit bus route and follows the launch in 2014 of Omnitrans’ sbX line that goes from San Bernardino to Loma Linda.

Like sbX, the Riverside Transit Agency buses will have their own RapidLink logo and color scheme. Bus stops specifically for the line will be added, but RapidLink won’t have its own designated bus lanes.

The buses will make 14 stops from Riverside to Corona, including popular destinations such as Riverside City College, Riverside Plaza, the Galleria at Tyler and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Riverside.

Buses on what’s being called the Gold Line will travel the same route as RTA’s 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.

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