Adjustments to expand routes, improve frequency, enhance connections

If you ride the bus, your service could be getting a whole lot better beginning this weekend. That’s because the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is about to adjust several routes to boost performance, enhance connections and expand service into new areas.

On Sunday, September 8, RTA will make schedule and route changes to more than 40 bus routes, affecting in some way nearly every RTA route that serves western Riverside County. The majority of the routes will get minor tweaks while a few will get more substantial upgrades. Perhaps the most significant improvement will be aboard the Route 1 where weekend service frequency will go from the current 30 minutes to 15 minutes. For customers who ride RTA’s busiest route, that means less time waiting for their ride to arrive and more time getting to their destination. Other major enhancements include the expansion of Route 12 from Riverside to Corona Hills Plaza and Route 79 from Hemet to Mt. San Jacinto College.

“RTA is always listening to our customers and identifying new ways to serve them,” said RTA Chair Bridgette Moore. “These changes reflect our commitment to continually evolve to meet our customers’ changing travel needs.”

As part of the service change, RTA will also increase weekend service frequency for routes 13, 14 and 22. In the Temecula area, routes 23, 24 and 61 will begin serving the new transit hub at the Promenade Temecula. Several trips with low ridership will be discontinued to ensure overall service efficiency.

RTA routes undergoing schedule and/or routing changes include the 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 19F, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 40, 41, 42, 49, 51, 52, 54, 55, 61, 74, 79 and CommuterLink express routes 200, 202, 204, 206, 208, 210 and 217. RTA typically makes service adjustments every four months.

RIVERSIDE, CA — September 6, 2019