Several public transportation studies long show that establishing a bus rapid transit alternative for the Magnolia and University Avenue corridors in the City of Riverside is desirable and feasible. The Riverside Transit Agency has been exploring this alternative for a number of years now and has begun plans to start peak-hour limited stop runs for the corridor. That won’t happen until January 2015 under the current economic climate. The hold-up of getting BRT or even limited stop runs of existing services onto Riverside’s streets has long been funding. We really cannot fault either RTA or the Riverside County Transportation Commission on this. Both local agencies are at the mercy of a stubbornly soft Inland Empire economy which provides the local resources. The misspending of transportation dollars at the state level which we pay into also contributes to this madness. The City of Riverside will need to coordinate RTA’s RapidLink plans into its Riverside Reconnects project, even if that means using articulated buses as the selected technology in lieu of the streetcar. By the way, here’s our take and position on the city’s streetcar proposal.