Park & Ride
The CCRTA Youth Educational Program is designed to introduce students about the benefits of public transportation. CCRTA staff is prepared to answer questions such as:
- How much does a bus weigh?
- How many passengers can a CCRTA bus carry?
- How much gas does a CCRTA bus hold and consume a day?
Reminder: We can alter our presentation to your current curriculum. Let us know what you are studying or what you would like for CCRTA to discuss.
Trip Planning Assistance
Don’t know which route travels to and from your community or school or how much it costs to ride the bus? CCRTA staff will be glad to help you plan a class field/educational trip. Just give us your school’s name and destination and CCRTA will do the rest.
Please submit your request in writing seven (7) to ten (10) days in advance. Please allow CCRTA staff enough time to COMMUNICATE with all necessary parties involved to make your experience on the ‘B’, a wonderful one.
A CCRTA representative will visit your classroom and provide students with a 10 to 15 minute presentation on the history of public transportation, transportation in Corpus Christi, and how transportation impacts our environment, bus safety tips, or a career in public transportation. Staff can also tailor the presentation to any special topic.
Please submit your request in writing at least two weeks in advance. Please allow CCRTA staff enough time to communicate with all parties involved to make your ‘B’ experience wonderful.
How to Ride The ‘B’
Your class may be interested in taking a bus ride on one of CCRTA’s fixed route services. Call the CCRTA and we will plan your trip on one of the closest bus routes that service your community or school. An on-hand experience will cover topics such as public shared transportation and its benefits, how to safely wait at a CCRTA bus stop, how to board/exit and seating instructions, the importance of practicing safety habits, as well as, proper etiquette when riding the ‘B’.
Please submit your request in writing at least seven (7) to ten (10) days in advance. Please allow CCRTA staff enough time to communicate with all parties involved to make your experience on the ‘B’ fantastic.
Tour the CCRTA Facilities
Administration & Operations Tour
CCRTA invites you to come by and tour the CCRTA Facilities. A tour includes walking through the mechanics world of the CCRTA, experiencing an actual bus wash, and tour and visit with dispatchers and bus operators who make the wheels go round. If time permits, your tour could include a visit to the CCRTA B-line Paratransit offices.
CCRTA Bus Transfer Station Tour
Your classroom is welcome to visit one of the CCRTA’s major transfer stations that are located in several different areas of the city. These stations provide convenience and safety transferring to other CCRTA Bus Routes that service different areas of Corpus Christi.
- Staples Street Station
- Six Points Station
- Southside Transit Station
- Port Ayers Transfer Station
The “B” Customer Service Tour
CCRTA Customer Service Center is located at 602 N Staples. The Center handles all of the CCRTA’s customer’s needs. These needs range from bus route information – either by phone or in person, purchasing bus passes, receiving discount rate ‘B’ id cards, and they also handle the certification process for CCRTA B-Line Paratransit service. Please submit your request in writing at least two weeks in advance. Please allow CCRTA staff enough time to COMMUNICATE with all parties involved to make your experience with the CCRTA wonderful.
CCRTA is also looking for new and creative ideas. At least two times a year CCRTA seeks a new CCRTA design for the Annual Bus Roadeo and other exciting events.
*Bilingual presentations are available*
For more information or to schedule a Youth Educational Program, please call or email:
What is it?
- Group of people commuting from home to work.
- A vanpool is a group of people who are coming to the same workplace from the same community, riding together in a van. Vanpools typically carry from seven to fifteen passengers, and operate weekdays, traveling between one or two common pick-up locations (typically a park-and-ride lot where a rider may leave his/her car or a transit station) and the workplace. Vanpool participants report saving up to $3,000 or more a year on gas, car maintenance, and wear and tear as well as reduced stress and commuting time. The primary employer advantage is the need for fewer parking spaces; other advantages include less employee stress and improved productivity.
What are the benefits?
- Commuting with a vanpool group lets you take your time back while on the ride to work, while gaining many other program benefits.
- Save Money. Reduce wear and tear on your personal vehicle, save on gas, parking fees and insurance.
- Save Time. Use free time while commuting to read, sleep or get a head start on work by checking emails.
- Save the Environment. Eliminate 4-11 cars off the road per vanpool while also reducing emissions and your carbon footprint.
- Potential Pre-Tax Benefits. Employers offering voluntary transportation benefits may receive pre-tax benefits through the IRS Code 132 (f).
- Reduce Parking Congestion. Do your part to take cars off area roadways and company parking lots.
- Sustainability. Expand your company’s environmental commitment.
- Vanpool fares are based on vehicle type, commute distance, group size.
- Those who take vanpool will receive a subsidization or a flat rate pay from the agency.
*Subsidy effective January 1, 2018.
1-800-VAN-4-WORK(car/vanpool matching service)
Guaranteed Ride Home:
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. If you believe you have been discriminated against under Title VI, you may file a written complaint–Attn: Title VI Complaints, 5658 Bear Lane, Corpus Christi, TX 78405.
Park & Ride
Park and Ride Lots
- Calallen – Rehfeld and Leopard
- Gregory – Under Highway 35 overpass
- Robstown – Avenue A and 4th Street
- Corpus Christi – Greenwood Walmart
Park & Ride Routes are designed to accommodate the commuter rider, providing a convenient and efficient way to and from the Corpus Christi Army Depot/Naval Air Station (CCAD/NAS). Park & Ride terminals are at key points throughout the city and outlying areas, bringing together neighboring communities with Corpus Christi. Current service is Monday through Friday.
Would you like to know more about commuter options?
What is Travel Training?
The CCRTA Travel Training program is for people with disabilities and older adults who want to learn to travel safely and independently using public transportation. Travel training is a FREE self-paced process where an individual, regardless of ability or age, can learn to ride CCRTA’s fixed-route system.
Welcome to Independence
Welcome to the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) Travel Training Program. Our program promotes greater independence and the confidence to travel anywhere CCRTA buses go, anytime they operate, and is offered at no cost. As an independent traveler, you can rely less on family and friends for transportation and have the freedom to plan your trips according to your own schedule.
All CCRTA buses are easily accessible to persons with disabilities and older adults. Ramps and lifts are available on all vehicles for your convenience. CCRTA has more than 1,400 bus stops at shopping malls, neighborhoods, colleges, transit centers, and entertainment and employment centers throughout Nueces County and beyond.
With the confidence and skills to travel independently, you are on your way to enjoying the benefits of riding with CCRTA. Welcome aboard!
Who Should Participate?
Individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities and older adults who wish to gain travel independence and confidence by familiarizing themselves with CCRTA’s bus system.
- Participants experience an increased sense of confidence and self-reliance as a result of learning to travel independently.
- Parents and care providers can benefit too. Providing a child or aging parent with the knowledge to use CCRTA buses provides independence, saves time and lowers expenses.
- The community benefits as well. With a newfound ability to travel with CCRTA, individuals will be able to visit family and friends, shop more often, gain access to employment and education, and participate in recreational activities that enhance their quality of life.
Where Can I Learn to Travel?
Anywhere! You can learn how to go to your work, school, community center, church, a friend’s house, your doctor’s office or the mall. You can even go to the beach.
How Is Travel Training Accomplished?
Your personal travel trainer will customize the learning experience to meet your individual needs. The step-by-step process emphasizes safety, while building confidence and travel skills. Travel training involves a series of steps from initial one-on-one instructor assistance to gradual empowerment of the individual, and finally to confident, independent travel.
Individuals who need assistance to learn the public transportation system can receive the following types of travel training:
- Travel Training for older adults. More than half of all non-drivers age 65 and older stay at home and often become isolated largely because transportation options are limited, particularly in rural and smaller communities. That’s why CCRTA is proud to offer mobility training that puts people in control of their schedule, their time and their life. Mobility training allows older adults to rely less on others for their transportation, increase confidence and independence, and provide the freedom to go where they want, when they want. As part of the training, older adults learn how to navigate CCRTA’s fixed-route system and master the skills necessary to ensure an enjoyable trip. Whether it’s a visit with family and friends, a dinner date, or a trip to the shopping center, CCRTA’s fixed-route service is affordable, easy to use, and best of all, it’s available without an appointment.
- Travel Training for people with disabilities. This type of training can be tailored to the trainees needs and can be delivered both individually or in a group setting. The goal of the individualized program is to train individuals with disabilities to travel independently to a regularly visited destination and back using CCRTA’s fixed-route buses. Group training allows a trainer to work with several trainees at one time to familiarize the trainees with fixed-route services, and provide them with the tools to explore the transit system independently.
- Need Travel Training? Please contact the Customer Service Advocate for more information on how staff from your agencies and organizations can learn to deliver travel training skills.
What Are the Benefits?
- Cost effective
- No need to make advance reservations
- Greater independence and same-day travel
- CCRTA buses get you where you need to go
- Pleasant, safe travel
- Enhanced mobility options
- Easy and accessible travel
- Access and Inclusion to opportunities within the community
Who Are the Instructors?
Travel Training instructors are skilled in assisting older adults or persons with physical or developmental disabilities. Instructors assist trainees in overcoming barriers and building confidence so they can use the least restrictive mode of public transportation to the fullest extent possible.
Office phone: 361-903-3529
What Skills Are Learned?
You will learn travel skills including, but not limited to:
- Identifying transportation options
- Reading maps and schedules
- Planning the trip
- Buying and using fare media
- Identifying the appropriate bus to ride
- Boarding, riding, and exiting the buses
- Crossing the street
- Maintaining appropriate behavior
- Learning safety skills
- Handling unexpected situations or problems
- Planning for emergencies
What is B-Line service?
B-Line Paratransit service is a shared ride on public transportation for people whose disabilities prevent them from using regular accessible fixed-route service. B-Line is a origin-to-destination transportation service provided to riders who have been determined eligible using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. People with disabilities who are not prevented from using fixed route bus service by their disability would not qualify for B-Line service.
How does B-Line service work?
Once determined eligible by the CCRTA Eligibility Process certified riders wishing to use B-Line should call three days in advance of travel to schedule a trip. The B-Line provides service comparable to fixed-route bus service as required by the ADA.
B-Line Service is available:
- Monday-Friday: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
- Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Service hours and holidays mirror those offered on fixed-route service.
How do I apply for B-Line service?
Persons with a disability that prevents them from using our fixed route system must submit an application and participate in an in-person interview and assessment. After completing the assessment process, each applicant will be notified by mail within 21 days regarding eligibility for B-Line service.
For more information regarding B-Line including the eligibility process please download the application here. or call the customer service center at 361-883-2287 to have one mailed to you.
After you have been deemed eligible to use B-Line, you will receive a How to Ride B-Line Guide.
Scheduling a Ride
When you call, give the B-Line reservations staff the following information:
- ID number
- Your name
- Date of trip
- Address where you want to go
- Time you need to arrive at your appointment or a requested pickup time (it is recommended you schedule your pickup time an hour and a half prior to your appointment time; two hours ahead if your destination is more than 15 miles away from your pickup location)
- Time you need to be picked up from your appointment or a requested return time
- The type of mobility device you will be using for that trip
Calling the day before is still an option however it is more likely to result in the call taker having to negotiate a time which could be up to an hour before or an hour after the rider’s requested time.
Fare is $1.25
Their is no reduced fare on B-Line
For all B-Line Paratransit questions, scheduling, cancellations and any modifications, call:
Press 1 for English,
then 2 for B-Line
The CCRTA is happy to work within its community to solve the transportation needs of the people. The CCRTA must comply with all federal and local regulations. Some of the regulations pertain to charter movements and the CCRTA must follow the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s guidelines. Below you will find out information to see if your request is one that falls into the charter guidelines or is an exemption.
A Request for Service form must be completed and emailed directly to Shannon Dial for processing. Once received the request will be reviewed to determine whether it is a Charter or whether it falls under one of the Exceptions. The RTA does not provide charter services.
FTA Regulations for Charter Services can be viewed here
Here is a list of the Exceptions in the FTA Regulations where RTA can provide service (detailed list attached):
604.6 Government officials on official government business – Letter required on company letterhead from a government official. (1 government official must ride the service)
604.7 Qualified Human Service Organization (QHSO)
604.8 Leasing FTA funded equipment and drivers
604.9 When no registered charter provider responds to notice from a recipient
NOTE: There is no actual portal. An email is sent to the local companies that are registered with the FTA to provide these services.
Registered companies can be found here.
These companies have 14 days to respond. If any of the shuttle companies cannot pick up the shuttle request (because the date and/or times are not available) then RTA can pick up the shuttle at an hourly rate of $123.02 per hour, per bus only if RTA is able.
Special Movements are provided for community events (see below for examples).
Example Community Events:
- Beach to Bay
- Texas Jazz Fest
- Selena Festival
- Dia de los Muertos
- American Cancer Society Walk
NOTE: These services are performed because there is an existing route in the area(s). The route cannot deviate more than ¾ of a mile off route and the service is OPEN to the public.
According to 604.2, the requirements of this part shall not apply to a recipient (RTA), if
- transporting its employees, other transit system employees, transit management officials, transit contractors and bidders, government officials and their contractors and official guests to or from transit facilities or projects within it geographic service area or proposed geographic service area for the purpose of conducting oversight functions such as inspection, evaluations or review
- transporting its employees, other transit system employees, transit management officials, transit contractors and bidders, government officials and their contractors and official guests for emergency preparedness planning and operations
- in a non-urbanized area transporting its employees, other transit system employees, transit management officials and transit contractors and bidders to or from transit training outside its geographic service area.