The details of the September service changes are out, and the good news is that there aren't any serious cuts to be had. The one major cut is the removal of service on the 25 through Grand Terrace, but replacement service on that route will be provided on the new Omnitrans 325. In fact, since Omni's service changes go into effect on September 7th and RTA's on September 12th, there will actually be a few days of overlapping service. (Yes, I'm going to try and ride through there on one of those days, just for the hell of it.) With that, let's take a look at what's coming next month.
Minor Schedule Adjustments
The following routes have only minor schedule adjustments coming, mostly to improve connections to other routes or local schools and colleges: 1, 7, 8, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 40, 41, 51, 79.
Corona Transit Center
The following routes will change routing and schedules in order to provide service to the new Corona Transit Center: 3, 206, 216.
No longer serving Tequesquite Loop
The 29 and 49 will terminate at Downtown Terminal, no longer providing service to Tequesquite and Pine.
14 combined with 25
The 25 will be discontinued, and the 14 will run what used to be its route, serving Highgrove and the Loma Linda VA hospital, but terminating at Tyler Mall. There will be no service through Grand Terrace, with the new route 14 using I-215 and I-10 for service to the VA Hospital.
Pierce Street Shuffle
Because the 14 will no longer serve Pierce & Sterling, the 15 will be extended from Tyler Mall to Pierce & Sterling via Indiana. The 12 will pick up the former 15 routing along Hole and Pierce. All segments will actually see either the same or more frequent service.
New service to Bonsall
The 202 will now serve Hwy. 76 and Camino Del Rey in Bonsall.
Understand that we're not out of the woods yet, but economic forecasts are looking more stable at this time. We may have seen the worst of the transit funding crisis.