Learn About Taking the Bus

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Public transit saves the U.S. the equivalent of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually.  If an individual switches a 20-mile round-trip commute to public transit, his or her annual CO2 emissions will decrease by 4,800 pounds per year, equal to a 10 percent reduction in a two-car household's carbon footprint. And, an individual can achieve an average annual savings of more than $10,000 by taking public transit instead of driving and by living with one less car.

The UCR campus is served by both bus and rail from the neighboring counties of San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange.

To find a public transit route best suited for your trip to campus, go to Google Maps and plan your trip using public transportation.  The Google Maps Transit Trip Planner provides the full route, calculates mileage, estimates travel time, and dollars saved by leaving the car at home.

RTA UPASS PROGRAM (Riverside Transit Agency)

UCR is pleased to have partnered with RTA  in providing all students, faculty and staff who have a UCR R'Card access to public transportation.  Several RTA routes directly service the UCR community and many Western Riverside County neighboring communities. Simply swipe your UCR Card in the fare box when boarding any RTA fixed-route in Riverside County and you'll ride for free.   

RTA Routes Serving UCR
Route Number Areas Served
RapidLink Gold Line Corona through Riverside to UCR
1 Corona through Riverside to UCR
16 Riverside Downtown to Moreno Valley Mall with stop at UCR
51 Crest Cruiser with regular loops through Canyon Crest
52 Hunter Park/UCR Metrolink Station runs to UCR at Bannockburn
204 CommuterLink Express Montclair Transcenter to UCR
208 CommuterLink Express Temecula/Murrieta through Perris to UCR
210 CommuterLink Express Beaumont through Moreno Valley to UCR

Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students who make their daily commute to and from the UC Riverside campus using public transit are eligible to participate in the Public Transit Program.  Registered participants cannot hold a daytime commuter parking permit.

You must enroll in the Alternative Transportation Program to receive incentives. Eligibility of incentives is subject to verification using University electronic records.

Complimentary Parking Privileges

Registered Public Transit participants are eligible to receive a complimentary parking allotment for days they cannot commute using public transportation.  Program participants are provided a prorated permit allotment, based on 4 permits per month.  Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are issued on a quarterly basis.  Parking allotments are easily accessible through the A/T Daily Web Permit application.

In lieu of receiving complimentary daily permits, participants may choose a Night parking permit as their complimentary parking incentive. Night permits are only valid after 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.

Take the worry out of ridesharing.  Faculty or staff enrolled in the Transit Program are eligible to participate in the Regional Guaranteed Ride Home Program offered through IE Commuter.  The program reimburses you for up to two emergency rides per year when using Lyft, Taxi, or Uber to get home in an emergency.   The program is intended for personal and family emergencies or unscheduled overtime at the request of your supervisor. It is not available for rides to work, scheduled appointments or planned overtime.

For complete program rules go to IE511.org

To arrange for an Emergency Ride Home:

  • Arrange your own ride home via Lyft, Uber, Taxi, or other such ride-hailing services.
  • Save receipt(s).  A 15% tip is allowed for reimbursement.
  • Complete the required Reimbursement Claim Form and scan/email along with a copy of the receipt(s) to Transportation Services at alttransportation@ucr.edu.
  • Transportation Services will verify, sign, and submit to IE Commuter for reimbursement.
  • Program is valid for up to two emergency ride homes each fiscal year.

For further details, call Transportation Services at (951) 827-8277.

609,612
TOTAL RIDES IN 2018-2019
39%
OF FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENTS RODE THE BUS AT LEAST ONCE IN 2018-2019
RIDE FREE
Swipe your R'Card on any RTA bus