Monday, September 14, 2009
A look at the service cuts post over at TransitRiderOC points out that, yes, the 794 Riverside terminal has been permanently moved from the Tyler Mall to the La Sierra Metrolink station.
The Tyler Mall is the southern Riverside hub for RTA. It is served by routes 1, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 21, 27, and 149, every single day, all day long. The La Sierra Metrolink is served by Route 15 and Metrolink, and Route 15 only on weekdays. From a transit planning perspective, this change makes absolutely no sense. Not to mention- why would you run an express bus to Irvine to a train station where you can catch a train... to Irvine?!
It only makes sense when you realize that OCTA isn't trying to serve people who ride the bus all the way to work. I'm almost certain that this change was motivated by a shortage of parking at Tyler Mall's park-and-ride lot. La Sierra Metrolink has more than ample parking. Even in transit planning, we manage to privilege the automobile over the transit rider.