California Transit Association

Member Profiles

San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority

Operating Revenue


Operating Expenditure


Capital Revenue


Capital Expenditure


Fleet Inventory

36 fixed route and 22 demand response


Year Founded


Governing or Corporate Structure

Joint Powers Authority comprised of the seven cities and SLO County. The Board of Directors is comprised of the five County Supervisors and an elected official from each of the seven cities in the county.

Significant Historical Milestones

Runabout, the sole ADA complementary paratransit operator in SLO County, began operating in 1977. In 1989, the San Luis Obsipo Regional Transit authority was formed, and Runabout was incorporated into RTA (the original operating name was "Central Coast Area Transit"). In 2011, all services provided by SLO County (operating as "SLO County Area Transit") were consolidated into RTA. In 2014, all Paso Robles Express services were consolidated into RTA. All services are currently provided using RTA employees (since 2009; previously contracted).

Public Transit and Commuter Rail Agencies

Number of Employees


Annual Ridership


Number of Bus Routes Provided

5 regional and 5 local fixed routes

Number of Rail Lines Served


Major Planned Investments

Currently in a leased operations/maintenance facility. Just purchased six acres to construct a $9 million facility. Our current lease ends in 2022, so that it is our target date to complete the facility. We are also in the planning stages for a consolidated passenger facility that initial estimates suggest will cost on the order of $12 Million.