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Fix the Circuitous Bus Routes

How IE bus systems can be streamlined

The Transit Coalition has noted that several local bus routes in Riverside County are very circuitous. Such routes should be considered to be simplified and streamlined to offer more direct and bidirectional connections all while reducing unproductive costs and maintaining local transit mobility.

Local bus riders can attest that circuitous bus routes are difficult to understand and use excessive resources since they have many loops and extensions. Streamlining the bus routes would avail much capital and financial resources while considerably shortening bus trip times.

There are some areas where community-based circulator shuttle service is necessary, but getting across town by bus should not be circuitous for longer trips.

Streamlined RTA Bus Service in Temecula/Murrieta:

Local RTA bus service in the Temecula/Murrieta area was confirmed by transit studies to be very circuitous and officials should consider to streamline the bus routes for faster travel trips as soon as resources become available.

Fixing the Pass Transit Bus System:

The Pass Transit Bus System serves the cities of Beaumont, Banning, and the Cabazon area. The bus system was very circuitous and local officials have worked to streamline some of the routes to make them more direct. RTA studied the area in 2009. When officials made Routes 1 and 2 more direct, a bus trip between the Beaumont bus transfer point and the Morongo Resort was shortened from well over an hour to just over 30 minutes. Officials are also working on maintaining productive transit connections to points north in San Bernardino County. Pass Transit Route 120 provides such service between the Pass Area and San Bernardino with connections at major hubs.

Corona Cruiser:

The Corona Cruiser once operated on a flexible routing system combined with curb-to-curb general public dial-a-ride service. The local routes now operate as fixed lines. Because the complimenting Dial-A-Ride service is open to the general public, it was productive to convert the Red and Blue lines from flexible routes to fixed which sped up bus trip times while curb-to-curb service was maintained via the paratransit service.

Streamlined bus routing would preserve the mobility, efficiency, and usefulness of the Corona Cruiser Bus System by running direct service through high density commercial corridors while continuing to provide circulator service through residential areas. Timed transfer points to RTA would be established at key points, such as the Corona Transit Center, the Corona Rehabilitation Hospital area, and the Dos Lagos Center.

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