Recall my post earlier this year about the service cuts coming in June. I've finally found the Board Actions from that meeting, and I figured I'd let you know what's going on.
Once again, you win some, you lose some. Looks like Moreno Valley will hold on to #17. However, the 36 Calimesa (which RiR has fought hard for), 38 Eastvale, and 38E Metrolink Express are going to be canceled. Eastvale riders, I'm still pretty sure that the 38 is going to be merged into the 3, which will keep a connection to Metrolink at the North Corona station. Unless you work in Pomona or Industry, you'll be alright. Riders with jobs in the OC will actually gain from this, not to mention you'll have easier connections into Corona (1 bus) and Riverside (Routes 1 and 149 at North Main) under the new system. The action notice further states that 22 routes will experience "service changes" (cuts) designed to eliminate "service duplication" (reasonable headways).
This is a severe blow to Calimesa riders, unfortunately. However, MoVal, Corona and Riverside look like they'll avoid the worst cuts. Now it's just a waiting game to see what comes out in the June Ride Guide.
Oh, and the RCC Upass will continue for a second year. Woot! According to the RTA Reader, the program generated an average 70,000 boardings a month from students in the RCC district. I believe ASRCC is going to be voting on a small student fee that will fund this program permanently. Good luck guys.