Monday, February 7, 2011

RTA Routing/Schedule Changes Coming

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's that time again! RTA wants to shake things up with routing and schedule changes, and all you poor saps who depend on them for transportation better listen up. This time, it's all about the and southern bit of RTA territory: Temecula and Murrieta. Routes 23, 24, 55, 79 and 217 will be affected.

The good news is that there aren't any drastic service cuts here. The one thing I think is a little funky is the discontinuation of a portion of route 79, which used to serve Diaz and Ynez roads parallel to I-15 in Temecula. 79 will be instead routed on what used to be 24 to downtown Temecula, and 24 will be truncated at County Centre Dr. Fortunately, most of these portions of the city are relatively close to each other, the roads being an approx. 700ft. walk between each other (though admittedly with a freeway and what looks like a drainage canal between them). My advice to riders affected? Buy a bicycle. (Fortunately, Target is selling some half-decent city-style bikes for in the $150 range. Of course, you can always find a used beater in somebody's garage sale.)

You can get all the details from RTA.

Of course, there are also public hearings about the proposed changes. If you disagree with me and think this is trouble, let RTA know. As always, you can e-mail them at , call them at 1-800-800-7821, or either mail them or visit in person at 1825 Third Street, Riverside, CA 92507.

The meetings will be held at:

Mary Phillips Senior Centre
41845 Sixth St., Temecula
RTA Routes 23 and 24
Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 3PM

Mission Trail Library
34303 Mission Trail, Wildomar
RTA Routes 7 and 8
Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 5PM

Murrieta Senior Centre
41717 Juniper St., Murrieta
RTA Route 23
Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 3PM

And finally, you can comment on the proposed changes at the next Board Meeting:

Board of Supervisors' Chambers
County of Riverside Admin. Building

4080 Lemon St., Riverside
RTA Routes 1, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 29, 49, 50, 204, 208, 210, 212, 216
Thursday, Feb. 24th, 2PM

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