If you have never ridden the bus or not used one recently, here’s a quick and easy lesson. After checking the bus schedule of the route you want to use, go to the closest bus stop. Most River Valley Transit stop locations are marked by a bus stop sign. Remember, buses stop only at designated bus stops.

Which one’s my bus

Look at the headsign on the front of the bus to determine the destination.

  • As the bus comes, stand close to the bus stop and signal to the driver
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and then board at the front door of the bus; Please have your exact change, token or pass ready to show the driver as you enter the bus
  • If you need to transfer to another RIVER VALLEY TRANSIT bus to complete your oneway trip, ask the driver for a transfer when you board
  • Take a seat and enjoy your ride

Animals on the bus

Small animals are permitted to ride the bus with their owner if the animal is in an approved pet carrier or is muzzled. The only exception to this policy is if the animal is a service animal.


  • Shortly after the bus passes the stop before yours, pull the cord or press the Touch Tape. A “Stop Requested” light and/or a bell at the front of the bus will let the driver know you want to de-board
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, and then exit from the bus


The fareboxes accept EZ Fare passes, coins (no pennies please), tokens and bills (one, five, ten and twenty dollar bills only). The farebox will “beep” to tell you and the driver that the correct fare has been paid.

Accessible service

River Valley Transit’s active fleet is 100% accessible to persons with disabilities. RVT buses with the low floor design provides easy access entry to all passengers by eliminating the steps at the entrance and exit doors.

General Information

  • Be at bus stops shortly before scheduled time to avoid differences in clocks and watches
  • Bus Stop” signs are located throughout the area; You can only get on or off at these stops
  • Fold strollers before boarding. Strollers must remain folded and out of the aisle while on the bus
  • Always have exact fare, and always deposit your own fare
  • When the bus is crowded, please move as far to the rear of the bus as possible
  • “Touch Tape” or yellow pull cords, located between the windows, are used to signal a request to stop

Rider Conduct

RVT has a list of rules to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers and drivers. Violators maybe subject to exclusion from service, fine or arrest. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Tampering with any equipment
  • Solicitation on vehicles or premises
  • Unacceptable standards of personal hygiene
  • Possessing weapons
  • Carrying common hazards such as gasoline cans or automotive batteries
  • Standing in front of standee line
  • Putting feet on the seats
  • Operating any RVT vehicle
  • Using any electronic device that can be heard by others
  • Sleeping or occupying more than one seat