Explore the rich history of RYDE Racine Transit, a journey that spans decades of serving the Racine community. Discover our evolution from humble beginnings to a modern and efficient transit system, rooted in our commitment to providing reliable and accessible transportation solutions for all.
The BUS was re-branded as RYDE Racine in June 2017, and buses received an upgraded look featuring bold graphics, as seen in this view on December 21, 2020 at the Transit Center on Liberty Street in Racine. Keith M. Kohlmann photo.
Throughout the pandemic of 2020, RYDE Racine remained in operation. The transit system was essential in safely moving workers and patients to medical facilities around Racine. The message, “Mask Required” was displayed on the electronic signboard of each bus, as seen in this view at the Transit Center on December 21, 2020. Keith M. Kohlmann photo.
Members of the Teamster’s Union Local 200 and city officials look on as Mayor Cory Mason signs the historic agreement bringing direct management of RYDE Racine under the control of the newly created Department of Transportation beginning February 1, 2022. Keith M. Kohlmann photo.
Trevor Jung, Transportation Director for the City of Racine, welcomes Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to the official introduction of nine new ProTerra battery electric buses, comprising 25 percent of the city’s fleet. Keith M. Kohlmann photo.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers addresses the crowd during the introduction of nine new Proterra electric buses at the Racine Transit Center on April 27, 2022. Six of the clean air buses were funded by more than $6 million of the $67.1 million awarded to the State of Wisconsin through the Volkswagen Transit Capital Assistance Grant Program. The buses were paid for with funds taken from the German carmaker after it was judged to have violated the Clean Air Act in a scandal regarding falsified diesel emissions testing. Keith M. Kohlmann photo.
One of RYDE Racine’s cheerful drivers welcomes passengers aboard a new battery electric bus at the Racine Transit Center. The public was introduced to the 29-passenger buses and took their first demonstration rides on April 27, 2022. Keith M. Kohlmann photo.