MTS changes bus schedules and routes in San Diego

first_img Sasha Foo, June 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Metropolitan Transit System is changing schedules on 26 bus routes, as part of a broader plan to make the bus system more efficient and increase ridership.Like transit systems across the nation, the MTS said the number of riders on its buses and trolleys has dropped in the last two years, prompting the transit agency to take a hard look at new ways to improve service and bring more passengers aboard.Starting Sunday, six of the 26 routes will be enhanced with more frequent service, while the other routes will be streamlined to make them faster, with fewer delays.This is the second phase of service changes for MTS. The first took effect in January and the third and final phase will be adopted in September. As MTS CEO Paul Jablonski explained, the transit system needs to boost revenue and riders.This year, MTS had a $6.5 million deficit. We decided to sample rider reaction to the changes, by boarding one of the busiest MTS routes. Route 7 takes passengers from City Heights to downtown San Diego.We met a young mother of two, who is riding one MTS bus or another about three to four hours a day, taking her children to two different schools in the morning and then returning to pick them up in the afternoon.Isla Ogaz was delighted to learn that the Route 7 bus will run more frequently.“That will be great, I like it, I like it,” Ogaz said.Another regular rider, Brandon Thorne said the system needs some improvement.“This one timewise is not that reliable. Like I take the 7 (bus) all the time and there definitely needs to be more service on this one,” Thorne said.When all three phases of the expanded service are complete, the changes will impact 75 percent of the bus system. The MTS is pouring an additional $2 million into making these scheduling changes.Although many drivers are unhappy about the increase in the state gasoline tax, the MTS is paying for some of its expanded services through SB 1 gas tax funds. The transportation funding package was approved by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor last April.If you would like more information about the changes to the MTS schedule and routes, there’s a link to the MTS website. Sasha Foo MTS changes bus schedules and routes in San Diegocenter_img Posted: June 7, 2018 Updated: 10:49 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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