Service change would affect 40 routes, beginning September
Get ready for a new bus route, better service frequency and improved connections for bus service in Riverside County and beyond. That’s the message Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is telling its customers as it prepares kick off a wave of improvements in September. Another round of changes would come in January 2020.
In all, the proposed changes will target 40 bus routes, enhancing service by removing unproductive trips, improving connections, reliability and on-time performance. RTA will hold a series of public meetings April 23 and 24 to solicit community feedback on the changes before they are presented ― as part of the proposed Short Range Transit Plan and FY20 budget ― to the RTA Governing Board for consideration on May 23. Details of those meetings can be found online.
Perhaps the most significant improvement is the introduction of Route 4 with service connecting Corona, Norco and Eastvale. The route, debuting in January 2020, would operate every 50 minutes on weekdays. RTA would also boost Route 1’s weekend service frequency from the current 30 minutes to every 15 minutes. Plus, customers who ride RTA’s CommuterLink express routes 204, 206, 208 and 217 would benefit from a flurry of additional trips during the day.
“When it comes to travel, we are pushing the limits like never before,” said RTA Chairman of the Board Randon Lane. “These proposed changes are a step in the right direction for our customers and we are committed to tailoring our service to not only meet but exceed their expectations.”
There are other highlights. In Riverside, Route 12 will be extended west to serve the busy Corona Hills Plaza. Routes 13, 14 and 22 wait times will be reduced thanks to faster frequency. In Perris and Moreno Valley, routes 16 and 19 weekend trips will be increased to operate every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. In Temecula, routes 23, 24 and 61 will be modified to end at new Temecula Mobility Hub at the Promenade Mall. In San Jacinto, Route 79 will be pushed north to serve Mt. San Jacinto College.
A portion of the funding for these improvements comes from Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the California Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which uses gas taxes and vehicle license fees to pay for transportation projects.
To make all these changes possible and to maximize efficiency, RTA is proposing to eliminate unpopular early morning and late evening trips on most routes.
RIVERSIDE, CA — April 19, 2019