Gainesville Regional Transit System

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Gainesville RTS
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2011 Gator Scale Bus.JPG
2011 Gillig with Gator scale wrap
Slogan Wherever your path leads...RTS will take you there.
Parent City of Gainesville
Founded 1974
Locale Gainesville, Florida
Service area Alachua County, Florida
Service type Bus service
Fleet 127
Daily ridership 48,600 (2011)[1]
Fuel type B20 (biodiesel)
Chief executive Jesus Gomez
Website Gainesville RTS website

Gainesville Regional Transit System is the local area transit corporation that serves the Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida area, the University of Florida and Santa Fe College campuses. It presently serves 39 city routes (16 on Saturdays, 12 on Sundays), 11 campus routes, and five "Later Gator" routes. Paratransit (ADA) service is also provided to anyone with a Gainesville address.

City and Campus routes

No. Description Operates
1 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Butler Plaza Mon-Sun
2 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to NE Walmart Supercenter Mon-Sat
3 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to N Main St. Post Office Mon-Fri
5 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Oaks Mall Mon-Sun
6 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to North Walmart Supercenter Mon-Sat
7 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Eastwood Meadows Mon-Fri
8 Shands to North Walmart Supercenter Mon-Sun
9 Reitz Union to Hunters Run Mon-Sun
10 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Santa Fe College Mon-Sat
11 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Eastwood Meadows Mon-Sun
12 Reitz Union to Butler Plaza Mon-Sun
13 Beaty Towers at the University of Florida to CareerSource Mon-Sun
15 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to NW 13th St./NW 23rd Ave. Mon-Sun
16 Beaty Towers at the University of Florida to Sugar Hill Mon-Sun
17 Beaty Towers at the University of Florida to Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station Mon-Fri
19 Reitz Union to SW 23rd Terrace Mon-Fri
20 Reitz Union to Oaks Mall Mon-Sun
22 The Hub to Old Archer Rd. at SW 34th St. Mon-Fri
23 Oaks Mall to Santa Fe College Mon-Fri
24 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Job Corps Mon-Fri
25A UF Commuter Lot to Gainesville Regional Airport Mon-Fri
25B UF Cultural Plaza to Gainesville Regional Airport Sat-Sun
26 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Gainesville Regional Airport Mon-Fri
27 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to NE Walmart Supercenter Mon-Fri
28 The Hub to Forest Park Mon-Fri
29 Beaty Towers at the University of Florida to Kiwanis Park Mon-Fri
34 The Hub to Lexington Crossing Apts Mon-Fri
35 Reitz Union to SW 35th Place Mon-Sun
36 The Hub to SW 34th St. Post Office (Williston Plaza) Mon-Fri
37 Reitz Union to Butler Plaza (via SW 35th Place) Mon-Fri
38 The Hub to Gainesville Place Apts Mon-Fri
39 Santa Fe College to Gainesville Regional Airport Mon-Fri
40 The Hub to Hunters Crossing Mon-Fri
43 Shands to Santa Fe College Mon-Fri
46 Reitz Union to Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station Mon-Fri
62 Oaks Mall to Lexington Crossing Apts Mon-Fri
75 Oaks Mall to Butler Plaza Mon-Sat
76 Santa Fe College to Haile Market Square Mon-Fri
77 Santa Fe College to Cabana Beach Apts Mon-Fri
117 Park-N Ride 2 (SW 34th Street) Mon-Fri
118 Park-N Ride 1 (UF Cultural Plaza) Mon-Fri
119 Family Housing at the University of Florida Mon-Fri
120 University of Florida West Circulator (Fraternity Row) Mon-Fri
121 UF Commuter Lot Mon-Fri
122 University of Florida North/South Circulator Mon-Fri
125 Lakeside Residential Complex at the University of Florida Mon-Fri
126 University of Florida East/West Circulator Mon-Sun
127 University of Florida East Circulator (Sorority Row) Mon-Fri
128 Reitz Union to Lake Wauburg Saturdays
129 Lakeside Residential Complex at the University of Florida (Sorority Row) Mon-Fri
711 Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station to Eastwood Meadows Mon-Fri after 8:00 p.m., all day Sat-Sun

Campus Service

11 RTS routes operate on the University of Florida (UF) campus. These include "park and ride" and circulator routes. UF and Santa Fe College (SF) students have prepaid unlimited access to RTS services through a transportation fee attached to each credit hour for undergraduates. UF faculty, staff, spouses and retirees have unlimited prepaid access through the RTS Employee Bus Pass Program, as do SF faculty, staff and students.

Later Gator

Later Gator is a late night service that provides safe, late night service for students between campus, downtown, the Oaks Mall and southwest Gainesville through five routes.[2][3]

Gator Aider

Gator Aider is a shuttle service provided to transport fans to and from University of Florida Gators home football games. Service is available at five park-n-ride locations around the Greater Gainesville area including the Town of Tioga, the Oaks Mall, Haile Plantation, the UF Hilton Conference Center and the City of Gainesville Downtown Parking Garage. Cost is $50 for a season pass and $10 for a single game round-trip ticket. Service begins three (3) hours prior to kickoff, with the last bus departing ten (10) minutes before kickoff. Return buses start at the fourth quarter and run throughout the first hour after the game ends.

Bus Tracking

Buses are now equipped with GPS, so riders can see if their bus is running on time.[4]

Fleet

2012 Gillig Hybrid at McCarty Hall on UF Campus

RTS currently operates a fleet of 127 buses, some of which date back to the late-1990s. All RTS buses are equipped with bicycle racks and wheelchair lifts. While many were purchased new, others were acquired second-hand from other operators in the state, including 10 that were acquired from Lynx and 11 from Palm Tran. RTS acquired five new Gillig hybrid electric buses (two in early 2012 and three more in 2013). Buses in the current fleet include:[5]

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