Transportation Tips: Check out the Proposed RTA Bus Changes for the New Year

By: Nicholas Ventrone, Community Engagement Director

The Riverside Transit Agency has opened a second public comment period for planned bus route changes. This hearing focuses specifically on specific bus service changes set to take place on Sunday January 11, 2015.

RTA has reported that the proposed changes are modifications that are complementary to the agency's COA study which is almost fully complete. For these specific proposed changes, there are no major route realignments or stop relocations proposed except for Route 74 where it will be routed from the I-215 Freeway to local surface streets between Perris and north Sun City.

The proposed changes will expand span of service and improve frequencies for several lines except for Route 3 where Saturday frequency will be reduced to hourly from current 45 minutes. This will better match with the weekend demand and new 60 minute Sunday service which was already proposed during the RTA 10 Year Transit Network Plan comment period.

Speaking of the 10 Year Transit Network Plan, that public comment period has been extended through the New Year until January 22. So, if you missed the October deadline, you've got some more time to get involved with this master plan.

Transportation Tip: Get active in both of these public hearings if you haven't done so already. 

Public Hearings:

January 11, 2015 Proposed Bus Service Changes
The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes at the RTA Board of Directors' November 13 meeting, which begins at 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon Street, First Floor in Riverside, CA.

Proposed 10 Year Transit Network Plan
RTA will be taking comments on the proposed plan now through the hearing on January 22, 2015. The official hearing will be held on January 22 at 2 p.m. at the County of Riverside Administrative Center.

Comments also can be submitted by calling (951) 565-5002, e-mailing or via standard mail at RTA, 1825 Third Street, Riverside, CA 92507, attention Director of Planning. November 12 is the deadline for comments on the January proposed changes while public remarks for the 10 Year Transit Plan need to be into RTA before the January 22 hearing.

The Transit Coalition has already submitted its comments to the 10 Year Transit Network Plan. Don't forget that "public hearings" never close here on this blog nor at RTA's Transportation Now meetings. Both of these public forums always welcome constructive comments and involvement in improving RTA's bus transit system. I'll talk to you again next week.