Following a month-long public hearing period, the RTA Board of Directors has authorized several route and schedule changes for 2021. The changes are in response to declining revenues and ridership caused by the pandemic. With these changes, RTA will continue to maintain as much service as possible while eliminating low-performing routes and trips.

Implementation of these changes will ensure that RTA is able to continue to provide essential services for the long run with the possibility of reinstating service as funding and ridership allow.

Affected Routes: RapidLink Gold Line, 1, 15, 18, 21, 31, 32, 33, 40, 42, 44, 74, 79, 202, 204, 205, 206, 208 and 217

Estimated Start Date: May 9, 2021

RapidLink Gold Line

This route, which serves Riverside and Corona and was suspended in April, will be discontinued.

Route 1

The portion of this route in Corona between the Smith and 6th timepoint and West Corona Metrolink Station will be discontinued.

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Route 15

Portions of the route in Riverside near the Galleria at Tyler will be adjusted and service west of the La Sierra Metrolink Station will be discontinued.

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Route 18

The portion of this route between the Moreno Valley Mall and Moreno Valley College will be discontinued.

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Route 21

The portion of this route between the Pedley Metrolink Station and Banana and Cherry timepoint in Fontana will be discontinued.

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Route 40

This route, which currently serves Canyon Lake and Menifee, will be discontinued until demand returns.

Route 202

This route, which serves Murrieta, Temecula and Oceanside and was suspended in April, will be discontinued until demand returns.

Route 204

Service frequency will be reduced to match declining ridership levels.

Route 205

The portion of this route between the Corona Transit Center and Village at Orange will be discontinued until demand returns.

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Route 206

Service frequency will be reduced to match declining ridership levels.

Route 208

This route, which currently connects Temecula and Riverside, will be discontinued until demand returns.

Route 217

This route, which serves San Jacinto, Hemet, Temecula and Escondido and was suspended in April, will be discontinued until demand returns.


SERVICE OVERHAUL IN HEMET AND SAN JACINTO 

NOTE: None of the route changes in Hemet and San Jacinto discussed below will be implemented until microtransit service is in place later this year.

Looking ahead, other changes may come to the Hemet and San Jacinto area. RTA plans to launch an ambitious study to examine the possibility of launching a brand-new route that connects the Hemet Valley Mall with Mt. San Jacinto College, removing portions of three routes and eliminating three other routes. RTA is also proposing a special type of on-demand service for the area. A date for these changes has not been set and none of these adjustments will be made until the on-demand service is approved by RTA Board of Directors. Many of these changes could eventually be modified as ridership and funding resume.

Affected Routes: 31, 32, 33, 42, 44, 74 and 79

Estimated Start Date: Summer/Fall 2021

Route 31

The portion of this route between Mt. San Jacinto College and the Hemet Valley Mall will be discontinued.

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Route 32

This route, which currently serves Hemet and San Jacinto, will be discontinued.

Route 33

This route, which currently serves Hemet, will be discontinued.

Route 42

This route, which currently serves Hemet and San Jacinto, will be discontinued.

Route 44

This new circular route would connect the Hemet Valley Mall with Mt. San Jacinto College with stops served every 30 minutes.

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Route 74/79

The section of this route between Mt. San Jacinto College and the Hemet Valley Mall will be discontinued.

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Microtransit Service

Under this new pilot program, customers in Hemet and San Jacinto would be able to request a ride by contacting RTA by phone or an app on their mobile device. The on-demand service would dispatch vehicles to pick up customers at existing bus stops within 60 minutes and take them to existing bus stops within the two cities. This plan remains in the developmental stage.