Learn about taking the bus.

Learn About Taking the Bus


UCR Transportation Services has partnered with RTA to provide all students, faculty, and staff free access to local public transportation.  Several RTA routes directly connect UCR to many western Riverside County neighboring communities.

There’s two ways to travel!

  1. Simply swipe your valid UCR ID card on board the bus, or
  2. Use RTA’s Go Mobile app to activate a pass.  First time app users must follow these instructions:
    • Download the RTA Go Mobile app on your smartphone.
    • Click “Forgot Password” and use your UCR NetID email (e.g, SCOTTY@UCR.EDU) to reset account.
    • Check your email and follow the link.
    • System will prompt you to set up new password.
    • Once logged in, system will prompt you to name your wallet.  Pass will show up in the wallet.

RTA Routes Serving UCR

RTA currently offers service on 32 local fixed routes, three CommuterLink express routes, and Dial-A-Ride. You may view current routes at Riverside Transit Maps and Schedules.

There are currently five routes with direct stops at UCR:

Route Number Areas Served
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

Hunter Park to UCR loop with stops around UCR campus

204 CommuterLink Express Montclair Transcenter to UCR

To find other public transit routes 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.

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 R'Commute (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 Blue 10-pack parking permit each quarter.   Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are prorated. 10-pack permits roll-over each quarter, however they expire at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th.

Learn more about the Program Rules & Eligibility.

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 IE Commuter’s required Reimbursement Claim Form and scan/email to TAPS at alttransportation@ucr.edu to verify and provide the employer representative signature.
  • TAPS will return to you the signed form along with a blank W9 which is required from IE Commuter to cut a check.
  • Complete the W9 and submit along with the signed Reimbursement Claim Form directly to IE Commuter for reimbursement.  You will be provided their address, email and phone number.
  • You are allowed up to two emergency rides each fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

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

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UPASS Program provides free mobile RTA passes