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RTA Awarded $6.2 Million Department of Transportation Grant to Build Administration and Bus Maintenance Facility

Tuesday September 25, 2018: The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) received a $6.285 million grant to help fund the construction of a new administration and bus maintenance facility.

The grant comes as a result of the Federal Transit Administration Buses & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) which makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities. The FTA received 255 applications for this grant and SLORTA received the largest amount in the State of California.

The motivating factors for applying for this grant are that the current location is too small to conduct the ongoing maintenance needs of the 90+ vehicles in the RTA fleet. The vehicles that RTA maintains include the RTA buses, Paso Express, South County Transit, Runabout and Dial a Ride vans, administrative support vehicles and two trolleys.  The second factor is that the lease on RTA’s current facility expires in February 2022.

The land for the new facility was purchased in 2014 and is adjacent to CAPSLO’s new homeless shelter on Prado Road in San Luis Obispo. RNL/Stantec Architecture has been hired to design the new facility and it is being designed to meet the City of San Luis Obispo’s Green Building code. Solar power for the facility and infrastructure for battery powered “e-buses” is being explored.

“I am very appreciative of the partnerships that it took to procure the land for the new administration and maintenance facility, and this project would never have happened without the support of SLOCOG, CAPSLO and the City and County of San Luis Obispo.” says Geoff Straw, Executive Director of RTA. “This grant is a significant step forward in developing a long term solution for the RTA’s needs.”

“SLOCOG is proud of the role we were able to take in helping to develop this new facility project.” said Pete Rodgers, Executive Director of SLOCOG. “We are pleased that this Federal funding support has been awarded for the new RTA facility to ensure that transit services continue to support and serve our community.”

“It is vital that SLO County residents have safe and affordable buses they can depend on to get to work, school, and around the Central Coast.” said Congressman Salud Carbajal. “Thousands of Central Coast commuters utilize our public transportation system each day and I will continue working to build on this significant investment in our public transit.”

The new facility design is slated to be complete by October 2019 with an estimated completion of the project at the end of 2021.

RTA Board Approves Fare Increase

At the November 1, 2017 RTA Board meeting the Board voted to approve the proposed fare increase. This will go into effect on December 31, 2017. The fare increase does not affect the South County Transit or Paso Express systems.

RTA Proposed Fare Increase Survey

RTA has proposed a fare increase that if approved, will go into effect 12/31/2017.  The proposed new fares are:
Base Cash Fare:  $1.75 ($0.80 Discounted) and $0.25 for each additional zone
Regional Day Pass:  $5.50

RTA 7 Day Pass:  $16.00
RTA 31 Day pass:  $47.00 ($23.50 Discounted)
Regional 31 Day Pass:  $68.00 ($34.00 Discounted)
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Rider Alerts

Transit Tracker System Will be Down on October 16

Our Transit Tracker system that provides estimated arrival times and calls out the next bus stop on-board buses will be shut down for a system upgrade on Tuesday October 16. We apologize for any inconvenience and expect the system to be back up and running on Wednesday the 17th.


Updates to Route 14 start August 13

Route 14 from downtown SLO to Cuesta College starts running again for the Fall semester on Monday August 13!

We have made significant changes to the afternoon schedule to better align with the school bell schedule. If you rode on Route 14 before please be sure to check the new schedule.

Safety Day, Friday August 3rd

Friday August 3rd is Safety Day here at RTA! Its a day we set aside to recognize the safe driving of our amazing Bus Operator team. Bus Operator’s who are hitting a milestone for the number of YEARS that they have been driving safely will be given an award while on their bus route in front of their passengers. Its a fun way to recognized and appreciate the people who we trust our lives to. Also, because we will be out giving awards, the Administrative office will be closed for the day.

The Pismo-Avila Trolley is in Service

The free trolley that runs between the Pismo Outlets out to the Avila Pier is back in service and running its Spring schedule. Every Friday/Saturday/Sunday from now until the end of September. Its a great way to get around town and never deal with the hassle of parking! Check out the schedule here!