We strive to enhance the quality of life in our community by providing safe, courteous, equitable and energy-efficient transportation services.
The Downtown Station, 700 SE 3rd street, is located on the corner of SE 3rd St. and Depot Ave., Gainesville. Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed weekends/holidays.
RTS has developed a Rapid Transit Plan with emphasis on developing premium transit services along major corridors throughout the Gainesville Area. To read about the entire project, please click here (pdf). This report focuses on introducing the concepts and components of premium transit services, including information on vehicle types, passenger facilities, maintenance/support facilities, and potential funding sources. This report also attempts to describe the elements needed to successfully operate, maintain and expand transit service and facilities to ultimately create a premium transit system in Gainesville and Alachua County.
Welcome to the Transit Development Plan (TDP) section of the Regional Transit System (RTS) Web site! Between March and August of 2009, RTS has developed a TDP for Gainesville and Alachua County for fiscal year (FY) 2010-19.
A TDP is a ten-year plan required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to qualify for state Public Transit Block Grant Program funding, which is a key part of the RTS annual operating budget. This plan calls for a description of each transit agency's vision for public transportation, an evaluation of transit needs in the area and a plan to prioritize and implement future improvements.
Most of all, the TDP is the strategic plan that provides the City of Gainesville and Alachua County with guidance on future capital and operating improvements for RTS’ range of public transit services from FY 2010-19 (beginning October 1, 2009).
The TDP shall be consistent with FDOT requirements, all requirements of Florida Administrative Code Section 14-73.001 (revised and published in December 2005), and all requirements of Florida Statute 341.052:
RTS wants to know what is most important to the citizens we serve. Providing avenues for the public to participate in the evolution of transit in the City of Gainesville is key to the development of the TDP. RTS is providing several opportunities for you to tune in and get involved. These opportunities for involvement in the TDP include attending TRC meetings, public involvement workshops and TDP presentations.
The RTS Bus Fleet Maintenance & Operations Facility project will consist of the design and construction of a functional, cost-effective and attractive maintenance and operations complex for Gainesville’s Regional Transit System bus fleet.
Visit the project website for more information.
For more information on advertising with RTS, contact:
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Theresa "T" Harrison
Advertising Sales, Public Outreach Events
100 SE 10th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32627
Hours: M-TH, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
For the latest job opportunities available with RTS and the City of Gainesville, as well as job descriptions and application procedures, visit the City of Gainesville Human Resources.
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A: Try the RTS online trip planner! Go to the Trip Planner on the RTS home page, where you can enter your starting location and destination and find bus stop locations, fare costs, transfers, travel time and more.
A: If you need help with a bus schedule or route, you can call Customer Service at the Rosa Parks Downtown Station at (352) 334-2600 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Downtown Station is closed on weekends, but you can always refer to our tutorial in the printed schedule, watch our instructional video, or use the RTS Trip Planner on our Web site.
A: Hardcopies of the bus schedule are distributed at various locations throughout the city, including at the University of Florida Welcome Center, the City of Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and at several main bus stops and apartment complexes throughout Gainesville. If you have trouble finding a schedule, download and print one from our Web site.
A: All Day, Half Fare, Monthly and Semester passes may be purchased at the Rosa Parks Downtown Station located at 700 SE 3rd Street. Only all day passes may be purchased from the bus driver for $3.
A: No, bus passes cannot be purchased online.
A: It depends on which pass is purchased. All Day, Monthly and Semester passes are available. All day passes are only valid the day they are purchased. Monthly passes are valid for the month issued, and a new pass must be purchased at the beginning of each month. Semester passes are valid through the University of Florida/Santa Fe College semester (Spring, Summer or Fall).
A: Unfortunately, RTS does not issue replacement bus passes. You will have to purchase a new pass to ride the bus. Think of the bus pass as an extension of your driver’s license... if you lose it, then you need to purchase a replacement.
A: The City of Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) offers two employer programs: Federal Commuter Choice Program or the RTS Employee Bus Pass Program. For information, contact Theresa “T” Harrison at (352) 393-7830, email her or read more on our website.
A: The Rosa Parks Downtown Station is located at 700 SE 3rd St. at the corner of Depot Ave. and 3rd St. Click here for a map.
A: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on weekends.
A: RTS administration operates from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
A: We try to return as many items as we can, but RTS is not responsible for items left on the bus. If you lose an item, call (352) 334-2600 and follow the phone prompts to reach our Lost and Found. Everything turned in from an RTS bus is available to be picked up Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (except holidays) at 100 SE 10th Avenue. Lost items may not be available for pick up until the following day. Items other than Gator 1 ID cards are held for 30 days. Gator 1 cards are turned in to the ID office at the Reitz Union every Monday. You can also meet the bus anywhere along the route and ask the driver. Please do not ask the staff to contact the buses for lost items as RTS policy prohibits them from doing so.
A: RTS offers several services, including complementary paratransit service for ADA approved citizens and “Later Gator” late night service.
A: Please call the Center for Independent Living at 378-7474 to set an appointment to become ADA Certified and receive your card.
A: RTS holds periodic Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) meetings where RTS staff updates the public on RTS projects and initiatives, as well as planning issues. RTS also conducts online surveys and Facebook discussions for customer feedback; we also hold public meetings and events for current and upcoming projects. Feedback may also be sent to us via our website in the ‘Contact Us’ section.
A: Go to www.cityofgainesville.org and click the “I want to...” tab at the top of the page. Then scroll down to “apply for...” and click job openings. Then click on the “transit operator trainee” position for your next step in the application process.
A: Click the “About Us” tab at the top of the RTS Web site, then click the “jobs” section on the left side of your screen. This will direct you to the RTS job information brochure, where you can learn about the benefits of working for RTS.
A: RTS offers both interior and exterior advertising options, including the eye-catching bus wrap, as well as online and print alternatives. For more information on advertising opportunities, contact Theresa “T” Harrison at (352) 393-7830 or through email.
A: Our advertising rates vary depending on the type of advertising you wish to do: exterior, interior, print or web. All rates are available on our website www.advertisewithrts.com.
A: Empty buses are typically on the way to our maintenance facility for repair or it is the end of their scheduled route. In the morning, empty buses are seen going to the beginning point of their Route. During our peak times, many people are heading to major destinations such as UF. Then on the return route the bus could be empty. This video from PTSA, our sister in the Tampa area, further discusses empty buses and answers to other transit questions.
A: Like all of us our drivers need to use the restroom or have something to eat, typically this is why the bus is on the side of the road. Sometimes our buses are running ahead of schedule and are waiting so they do not arrive to bus stops early.
A: RTS strives to continually improve all bus stops. You may see updated bus shelters installed near new businesses because construction often is required to provide public transit shelters as part of the permitting process. Other stops are being improved as our budget allows. We concentrate on safety and accessibility concerns first and then how many people use the stop when designating ones for upgrades.
A: During peak times, the bus may be full and not able to accept any more passengers. Please note the front marquee of the bus as it should read “Full Bus” as it passes by.
Another reason is safety. If the bus has already pulled away from the curb, then it may not be safe to let you on. We do not want passengers running through traffic to catch a bus. A good rule is: If you have to run for it, then wait for the next one. It is not worth the risk.
A: Yes, the UF or SF Transportation Fee allows anyone with a UF or SF student ID unlimited access to our bus service. The fee itself is evaluated each year and adjusted according to the services provided by RTS or requested by the UF or SF Transportation Fee Committee.