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Resources And FAQ

RYDE Racine Transit and Mobility Frequently Asked Questions

Riding the bus is an easy and reliable way to get around town, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have questions about how it works. Find out how to make the bus your other set of wheels.

When does the bus run?

RYDE Racine service is provided:

 

Monday – Friday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 5:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Telephone: 262-637-9000

See a RYDE Racine schedule for specific information regarding routes and times.

 

RYDE Racine does not run on major holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day,

and Christmas Day. The RYDE Racine office will be closed on those days as well as the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,

and New Years Eve.

What cultural/entertainment centers can RYDE Racine take me to or near?

Golden Rondelle
Racine Civic Center
(Festival Hall/Memorial Hall)
Racine Heritage Museum
Racine Theater Guild
Racine Art Museum
Wustum Museum
Racine Public Library

Is RYDE Racine wheelchair accessible?

Yes. RYDE Racine buses are equipped with easy-to-use automated lifts or ramps. It’s part of our commitment to providing community access to everyone in Racine. Reduced fares are offered to persons with disabilities. If you need an attendant, they ride free. Please go to fares for details.

Since the buses are equipped with lifts or ramps, no advance notice is necessary when planning your ride. You’ll find each bus equipped to accommodate two wheelchairs. Seating capacity is on a first-come, first-served basis. For your safety, bus operators will assist you with boarding the bus. Also, bus operators will only deboard you at safe locations.

 

What government offices does RYDE Racine stop at?

Racine City Hall
The Racine County Court House
The Racine Police Department
Workforce Development Center
Social Security Administration Office
Department of Probation and Parole
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

How do I ride RYDE Racine?

Once you have planned your trip, identified your route and the bus(es) you need, look for RYDE Racine designated stop. Each stop sign shows the number and color of the routes stopping at that location. RYDE Racine stops only at RYDE Racine designated stops.

It is best to arrive a few minutes early so you will be sure to catch the bus. Please have the exact fare or a bus pass ready when boarding.

If you need a transfer, ask the bus operator for one at the time you pay your fare. A free transfer will be given at the time you pay your fare allowing you free access between buses. Transfers are valid for one hour from the time you board the bus.

Please watch for your destination. The bus operator will assist you if you are unfamiliar with the area. When you are about a block from your destination, just push the bell strip or pull the cord located between the bus windows to indicate you’d like the bus to stop. If another rider has already rung the bell, you do not need to ring it again. When RYDE Racine vehicle has come to a complete stop, please exit through the nearest door.

How much does it cost to ride RYDE Racine?

Fares:

Adults (18-64) $2.00

Children (6-17) $2.00
Children (0-5) Free when accompanied by an adult
Senior Citizens (65 & over) $1.00
Disabled $1.00
Medicare Card Holders $1.00

How Much Does a Monthly Pass Cost?

30 Day Full Pass
(Unlimited rides) ……………….$65.00
30 Day Reduced Pass
(Unlimited rides) ……………….$30.00*
10-Ride Pass ……………$15.00

Day Pass …………………$4.00

(Unlimited rides for that day)

What major medical facilities does RYDE Racine go to?

Ascension Healthcare

Spring St. Campus

Four Mile Rd. Campus
St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Health Pavilion
St. Luke’s Hospital

Aurora Health Centers

Washington Ave.

What parks and community centers does RYDE Racine stop at?

Dr. John Bryant Community Center
Humble Park Community Center
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Racine Zoological Gardens (Zoo)
Washington Park Community Center
Caesar Chavez Community Center

Does RYDE Racine stop near the public library?

Yes. RYDE Racine Routes 1, 3 and 7 stop at 7th and Main Street, one block away from the Library.

What schools does RYDE Racine stop at?

Gateway Technical College – Racine Campus

High Schools:

J. I. Case

William Horlick
Lutheran
* St. Catherine’s
* Walden III
Washington Park.

Middle Schools:

Gilmore

Jerstad-Agerholm
* McKinley
Mitchell

Starbuck

* Dropped off near these schools.

What major shopping areas does RYDE Racine stop at?

Badger Plaza

Downtown
Elmwood Plaza
Shorecrest Plaza
High Ridge
Rapids Plaza
Regency Mall
Regency Point
GreenTree Shopping Center
Westgate
Wal-Mart
Uptown
West Racine

About the "Transit Benefit Program"

What is the “Transit Benefit Program,” and how does it work?

The Transit Benefit Program is a provision of the Internal Revenue Code [(26 USC 132(f)] that permits an employer to pay for an employee’s cost of commuting to work in other than a single occupancy vehicle. The program is designed to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, and conserve energy by encouraging employees to commute by means other than single occupancy motor vehicles.

Under the program, an employer may provide up to $65 per month to those employees who commute to work by transit or van pool. The employer can deduct these costs as business expenses and the employees do not report the subsidy as income for tax purposes. The subsidy is considered a “qualified transportation fringe” benefit.

What constitutes the “benefit”?
An employer may provide cash reimbursement to an employee for public transit or van pool transportation costs for trips taken between his/her home and place of employment. Such reimbursement is only permitted if a voucher or similar item which may be exchanged only for a transit or van pool pass is not readily available. Cash reimbursement does not include cash advances. A transit pass includes any pass, token, fare card, voucher, or similar item entitling a person to transportation on mass transit facilities or provided by a van pool.

Can an employee receive the benefit instead of salary?
Yes. There are several ways in which an employee may receive a transit or van pool benefit.

  1. An employer may elect to provide the benefit in addition to an employee’s current salary. The benefit would be free of all payroll and income taxes to the employee, and the employer would deduct the cost from their business income taxes.
  2. An employer may permit employees to set aside (in lieu of) some of their pre-tax income to pay for transit or van pools. Employees would not pay income or payroll taxes on the amount of the benefit they “purchase” and employers would not pay payroll taxes since the amount is treated as a benefit rather than as taxable salary. The employee’s W-2 would reflect a reduction equal to the amount of the benefit selected, up to $65 per month.
  3. An employer may share the cost of commuting with their employees. Employers may give their employees part of the commuting expense tax free in addition to their compensation and allow the employees to set aside part of their gross income to pay the remaining amount, up to the total monthly limit of $65.

Can the $65 limit increase over time?
Yes. An indexing mechanism in the IRC permits the limit to increase by $5 increments based on changes to the cost of living index. Recently enacted legislation provides for the limit to increase from $65 to $100.

Where can I obtain further information?
Contact RYDE Racine at 636-9166 for information about a program to provide transit passes to employers for distribution

Can RYDE Racine get me to work?

RYDE Racine travels throughout the Racine area stopping at many companies and industrial offices in the area. Look at a system map to see if RYDE Racine runs near where you work. We’ve included a list of some of the workplaces RYDE Racine stops at or near:

CNH
Grandview Business Park
Huck Industrial Park
Olson Industrial Park
Renaissance Center

SC Johnson

The Johnson Building
Administrative Complex
Waxdale

What if I have additional questions, concerns or for general complaints?

Please feel free to call if you have additional questions, concerns, complaints, or would like more information on what you’ve seen here. Please contact RYDE Racine at 262-637-9000.

Can I connect to other Transportation Services?

The BUS can help you to connect to other transportation services. We can connect you to AMTRAK directly. Coach USA / WI Coach can connect you to METRA, Kenosha Transit, and the Milwaukee Airport at six transfer locations only. They are; Greentree Centre, 3 Mile & Douglas Avenue, Goold & Douglas Avenue, Transit Center, 14th & Racine Street, and HWY 32 & Durand Avenue. Valid RYDE Racine transfers are good for a $1.00 discount on Coach USA / WI Coach. Valid Coach USA / WI Coach transfers are good for one free ride on RYDE Racine. For more information please phone the RYDE Racine at 262-637-9000.

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