College students and area youth will soon be able to ride the bus for free.
Declining ridership prompts service decrease to nearly all routes
Due to declining ridership triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) will, with few exceptions, begin running a slimmed-down version of service on par with its reduced Sunday schedule. The new schedule is expected to begin Sunday, April 5 or as soon as feasible and last an indefinite amount of time.
The move to seven-day-a-week Sunday service will affect most of RTA’s 47 routes, cutting service to roughly half of normalweekday service. RapidLink Gold Line, Route 19A, Route 26, Route 51 Crest Cruiser, Route 50 Jury Trolley, Route 55 Temecula Trolley, andCommuterLink Express routes 202, 210 and 217 will cease operations until further notice. The exceptions are CommuterLink Express routes 204, 205, 206 and 208, which will operate on reduced schedules.
The remaining routes will operate on a Sunday schedule, which essentially provides fewer trips and less frequency than regular weekday service. Dial-A-Ride, which is a reservation-only service for eligible seniors and disabled customers, will continue to operate at normal service levels.
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.