Monday, October 5, 2009

Transfer Policies

UPDATE: I forgot all about Corona Cruiser passes. They've been added.

Part of the reason I write this little blog is to ensure that you folks out there have the best possible transit experience, while trying to poke RTA's soft underbelly to ensure that that experience gets better. As I've mentioned before, during my interview with the Ralph and Tim podcast, knowing your fare and transfer policies is essential to ensuring that you are not overpaying for your ride on transit. There are many, many ways to ride free on our local transit systems (all legal!), and you should take advantage of them rather than dropping your $1.50 in the fare box without question. This post was prompted by an experience last night at the Metrolink, where a gentleman paid for his bus trip, even though he had ridden the train in. As most readers are aware, Metrolink tickets are good for one transfer away from the train station. In light of this experience, I am writing this public-service post to call attention to the transfer policies of our various local transit agencies, in the hopes that you readers will find them useful.

Transfers and Free Rides on RTA:
  • Riverside County Jury Summons- Good for unlimited rides on RTA during its period of validity.

  • City of Riverside & RTA Employee ID- Good for unlimited rides on RTA.

  • RCC, UCR, La Sierra U or Cal Baptist U ID card- Good for unlimited rides on RTA.

  • Valid Omnitrans pass (must have dates on back)- Good for one local fare on 25 in Loma Linda, 49 at Country Village, and on all local routes at Downtown Terminal.

  • Metrolink ticket or pass- Good for rides to and from any Metrolink station, on trips that serve that station only. Includes CommuterLink. (Unofficially, good at University & Orange and University & Park for trips that do not, especially on weekends.)

  • OCTA passes are good as $1.50 credit towards fare on 149 at the Village at Orange.

  • Pass Transit passes are good as $0.75 credit towards fare on local routes at the Beaumont Wal-Mart.

  • Corona Cruiser passes are good for one local fare on RTA routes in the City of Corona.

Transfers with your RTA pass:
Note: CityPass and U-Pass participants do not receive these privileges.
  • OCTA local routes serving the Village at Orange.

  • Omnitrans 215 at Downtown Terminal, 82 at Country Village, and all local routes serving Loma Linda V.A. Hospital, Ontario Mills Mall and Montclair TransCenter.

  • RTA passes are good for one local fare on Corona Cruiser routes from the point of contact.

  • RTA connects with Foothill Transit at the Montclair TransCenter. RTA passes are not officially listed as an accepted transfer medium in the Foothill bus book, but I have used one to some success in the past. YMMV.

Omnitrans has a very good summary of their own transfer politices available at their web site.

The way the budgetary process works involves each agency setting aside a certain amount of money to re-imburse others for the cost of these transfers. This money has essentially already been spent- you aren't doing any good by not using it. Keep these policies in mind when you're out and about on our local transit systems- they may well save you a bit.


Sirinya said...

This is awesome. Thanks, Justin.

twodogkd said...

Justin, I took the liberty of posting YOUR blog TEXT about TRANSFERS on Craigslist's WORLD WIDE PUBLIT TRANSIT DISCUSSION FORUM, which address ends in forumID=129


From Inland Empire CL (IE to use, Inl to Craigslist)

From Orange County CL

From Los Angeles CL (LA CL)

From San Diego CL

From San Francisco Bay Area CL

I posted the text of your TRANSFERS BLOG in three threads, the link to the first thread, know as the original post (OP) is

The above thread is shown as sfbay as the San Franscico Bay Area is HOME TO CRAIGSLIST, and that is where all the files are stored, and because discussion forums are worldwide.

It doesn't matter from which of the 700 Craigslist sites in 70 countries you click on to see the discussion forums. Everyone will see the same forums. (Well not positive on this as CL now has sites in different languages, but at least for the US and English speaking CL sites)

Hope this is ok

REQUEST: Please link the Craigslist Public Transit Discussion Forum as a LINK or links on your website. Currentlly this forum does not seem to have much activity. But it is a good place for folks to put transit comments.

You could use the links I typed in above for the IE (Inl on CL); OC, LA,

Also in the discussion forums you can look at all comment worldwide, or you can click your Craigslist site acronym at the top of the page to see only discussion forum items wherein the orignial thread post that started the discussion was posted via your website, in my case the Inland Empire CL site.