Service changes (cuts) take effect this Sunday, May 9th (which is also Mothers Day- so send your mom a card or something), and I got my hands on a copy of the new Ride Guide, just so I could tell all you readers about it. The following routes are affected: 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 32, 42, 57, 79, 149, 202, 206, 208. If you ride any of those routes, read on.
Minor Schedule Adjustments: 1, 7, 8, 22, 79, 206, 208
All of these routes had schedules adjusted for connectivity- 1, 206 and 208 with Metrolink, 7 and 8 with each other and 22, 22 with 27, and 79 with school bell schedules.
Weekend Trip Reductions: 10, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27
All of these routes have lost trips on the weekends only, on either end of the schedule or both.
Weekday Trip Reductions: 32, 42
These two routes have lost trips on weekdays, 32 in the morning and 42 in both the morning and mid-afternoon.
Weekday and Weekend Trip Reductions: 13
13 lost a weekday school tripper and a weekend morning trip.
Route Discontinued: 57
The Temecula Trolley Red Line was discontinued due to low ridership, and to divert funding to the successful Green Line. RTA has really bad luck with these trolley services- is it perhaps the funky scheduling, rather than running them as all-day frequent routes? The 50 and 51, all-day frequent service, seem successful.
Service Expanded: 202
The annual Beach Bus service to Oceanside will begin June 21, and run through September 5. During this time, Route 202 will run during off-peak times and on weekends.
Converted to CommuterLink: 149 (216)
Route 149 will be converted to a CommuterLink route. This amounts to a $0.10 hike in cash fare, but frequent riders can now buy CommuterLink passes which will cover their full fare. Before this change, all riders had to pay an extra $1.40 for journeys into the OC (except CityPass and UPass riders). I'm also told that this change should bring more comfortable, recognizable Commuterlink coaches to the route. This change occurs on July 1.
As always with a service change, starting Sunday, be sure to check Google Transit (preferably via the new IE511.org trip planner- show 'em some 951 love) or the new Ride Guide for your route and schedule. Ride Guides are available on board, at City Hall, at your local library, or at UCR's Transportation and Parking Services office.