By: Nicholas Ventrone, Community Engagement Director
RTA has recently updated its budget and its Short Range Transit Plan for fiscal years 2016 to 2018 at its previous Board of Director's Meeting. The plan provides the public a description of the bus agency's services, regional transit needs and a look ahead at RTA’s proposed service plans and capital projects.
I'll run through this big report and will show you some of the highlights in a series of future posts. You may remember that The Transit Coalition covered and provided feedback for RTA's Comprehensive Operational Analysis last fall. Be sure to check out the approved Ten Year Transit Network Plan which is filled with all kinds of desirable service upgrades.
Much of what is covered in this SRTP is in the Ten Year master plan, but I'll cover what's in store for FY 2016-18 which includes rail feeder service for the Perris Valley Line including connections from Southwest Riverside County via select trips from Route 61, more CommuterLink bus routes once the 91 Express Lanes is developed through Corona, a potential transit center for UC Riverside and expanding the Dial-A-Ride paratransit service boundary for vital transit trips for seniors and the disabled.
RTA held a short public hearing on the SRTP prior to adopting it, but please always remember that "public hearings" never close here. Improving transit options is a perpetual project as no system in the world is perfect. If there's something in the approved SRTP that sparks an interest, please post your thoughts in the comments.
Anyway, I appreciate the continued lively debate and discussion and we thank you for following us.