Southern California Transit Advocates

Welcome to the SO.CA.TA webpage

The following SO.CA.TA Board members were elected at our December 7th  meeting:

  • President- Mark Strickert
  • Vice President- Perias Pillay
  • Treasurer- Dana Gabbard
  • Secretary- HughJohn Malanaphy

Charles Hobbs continues as Newsletter Editor and Andy Novak as Archivist.

Our booth at the 80th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles Union Station on Saturday May 4, 2019 was a great success. We were mentioned in advance coverage of the event by the Los Angeles Downtown News. Richard Morallo of Metro posted a video on YouTube of the event that shows our booth at 1:37.

SB-742 regarding Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach services which we supported was signed by Governor Newsom Oct. 8, 2019.

The Los Angeles Downtown News quoted Treasurer Dana Gabbard regarding proposed rail service reductions by LA Metro

Transit News

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TRANSIT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) EMERGENCY

Eff. March 28, 2020, 11:15 pm PDT

This page will be updated as needed. Please email news to cph1776@yahoo.com, dgabbard@hotmail.com, or post to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-California-Transit-Advocates/242228400535


  • Transit systems across Southern California are now adjusting service based on reduced ridership. Schedules and availability could change without warning.
  • Most public facilities such as ticket offices will be closed until further notice. Please use alternate means:
    • TAP cards can be loaded at www.taptogo.net
    • Certain other agencies are using Token Transit. Check the list to see if your agency uses TT.
    • An increasing number of transit agencies are offering free rides. These are noted in the list below.
  • Avoid all travel unless absolutely necessary. PLEASE USE TRANSIT FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations. By reducing unnecessary travel, transit becomes safer for those who depend on it, especially essential healthcare workers, and for those who operate it.
  • While onboard, to the greatest extent possible, observe “social distancing” (at least 6’ between people). If there are too many people onboard, consider taking the next bus or train.
  • Observe public health rules:
    • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after riding public transit. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Avoid eating while onboard.
    • Do not cough into your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow.
    • Do not use transit if you are ill. Contact your health care provider for instructions.
  • Transit agencies will be cleaning buses, trains, and other facilities more frequently.

“Convenience must give way to necessity…” – 1942 Greyhound advertisement


LOS ANGELES COUNTY (Countywide)

Metro (Rail and Bus):

  • Metro Bus service levels will be reduced 15 to 20 percent and we will try to strategically adjust select trips across the system to minimize inconvenience to riders and continue to provide good service on our busiest lines that riders depend on.
  • Rail service will be adjusted as follows:Starting tonight, March 20, and until further notice, last trips departing terminal stations will be at midnight on all trains. Metro Rail will run scheduled weekend service during the day.
    Starting Monday, March 23, trains on the B (Red), D (Purple), A (Blue), E (Expo) and L (Gold) Lines will run every 12 minutes between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with 20 minute service at all other times. D (Purple) Line trains will have four cars and B (Red) Line trains will have six cars in order for riders to maintain proper social distancing of six feet.
    Starting Monday, March 23, the C Line (Green) will run every 12 minutes between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., every 15 minutes until 3 p.m., every 12 minutes from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and then every 20 minutes between 6 p.m. until midnight.
    In order to make final train connections of the night, we recommend making sure you are on the rail system no later than 10:30 p.m. If you require late night service, please consider the Owl Bus Network.
  • Metro will be keeping an eye on ridership in the days ahead and may make other quick-strike adjustments to reflect current demand and deploy service to areas most in need. This means NexTrip and other trip planning apps may not have accurate arrival times. If you need assistance locating your bus, call 323.GOMETRO or message us on Twitter @metrolaalerts.
  • Metro will begin installing sanitation stations and hand sanitizer dispensers at major transit stops and stations to allow riders to wash their hands, one of the best safeguards against the COVID-19 virus. Metro is also researching how to equip buses and trains with hand sanitizer dispensers to help control the virus.
  • To assist with social distancing, all Metro Bus riders must board and exit through rear doors only. The front door will remain available to wheelchair riders and those who need the wheelchair ramp. Metro is also requiring all bus operators to use the transparent protective barrier that helps isolate them.
  • If you are using the bike rack, please let the bus operator know before exiting the bus — to give you time to get your bike off the rack at the front of the bus.
  • Headquarters building and portions of Union Station closed to public

Metrolink: Beginning Thursday, March 26, Metrolink will temporarily operate on a reduced schedulehttps://metrolinktrains.com/schedules/Service/temporary-service/

LA County Department of Public Works: “Wellness Center Shuttle service is canceled on the following Saturdays: March 14, March 21, and March 28. Please contact Empire Transportation for service updates at 323-426-4338.” All other service apparently running normally.

LADOT Transit

Beginning at 6:00 AM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continuing until further notice, LADOT Transit will institute several service modifications for DASH Downtown as follows:

DASH Downtown Routes A, B, D, E & F:

Weekdays, all routes will end at 6:30 PM.
Weekends, all routes, including DASH F, will end at 6:00 PM.
DASH Downtown Routes frequencies will also be adjusted as follows:

DASH A WEEKDAYS:

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM (normal, every 7 min)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM service will run every 14 minutes

DASH A WEEKENDS:

DASH A SATURDAYS: (beginning March 28, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 20 minutes
DASH A SUNDAYS: (beginning March 29, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 30 minutes

DASH B WEEKDAYS:

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM (normal, every 8 min)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM service will run every 16 minutes

DASH B WEEKENDS:

DASH B SATURDAYS: (beginning March 28, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 20 minutes
DASH B SUNDAYS: (beginning March 29, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 30 minutes

DASH D WEEKDAYS:

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM (normal, every 6 min)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM service will run every 12 minutes

DASH D WEEKENDS:

DASH D SATURDAYS: (beginning March 28, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 20 minutes
DASH D SUNDAYS: (beginning March 29, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 30 minutes

DASH E WEEKDAYS:

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM (normal, every 5 min)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM service will run every 10 minutes

DASH E WEEKENDS:

DASH E SATURDAYS: (beginning March 28, 2020)
6:30 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 20 minutes
DASH E SUNDAYS: (beginning March 29, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 30 minutes

DASH F WEEKDAYS:

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM (normal every 10 min)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM service will run every 20 minutes
DASH F WEEKENDS:

DASH F SATURDAYS: (beginning March 28, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 20 minutes
DASH F SUNDAYS: (beginning March 29, 2020)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM service will run every 30 minutes

Other DASH bus services will run as follows, eff. April 2:

Service Operating Mon–Fri 7 AM to 6 PM/Sat & Sun 9 AM to 5 PM

  • DASH Beachwood Canyon
  • DASH Boyle Heights/East LA
  • DASH Chesterfield Square
  • DASH Crenshaw
  • DASH Fairfax
  • DASH Highland Park/Eagle Rock DASH Hollywood
  • DASH King-East
  • DASH Hollywood/Wilshire
  • **(Larchmont Shuttle service suspended)
  • DASH Leimert/Slauson
  • DASH Lincoln Heights/Chinatown
  • DASH Midtown
  • DASH Northridge/Reseda
  • DASH Observatory/Los Feliz
  • **(Observatory portion of route suspended)
  • DASH Panorama City/Van Nuys
  • DASH Pueblo del Rio
  • DASH San Pedro
  • DASH Southeast
  • DASH Van Nuys/Studio City
  • DASH Vermont/Main
  • DASH Watts
  • DASH Wilmington
  • DASH Wilshire Center/Koreatown

Service operating every day of the week from 7 AM to 7 PM:

  • DASH El Sereno/City Terrace
  • DASH Pico Union/Echo Park

Suspended services:

  • Larchmont Shuttle

DASH Observatory/Los Feliz portion of the route serving Griffith Observatory is suspended; the Los Feliz portion of the route will continue to operate under the limited hours listed above.

The Griffith Parkline Shuttle will suspend service until further notice.

DASH bus services will be free to all riders effective Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice. To help our riders and drivers practice social distancing, all BOARDING WILL BE FROM THE REAR DOOR OF THE BUS ONLY.

Commuter Express changes, eff. April 2, 2020:

Visit https://www.ladottransit.com/whatsnew/032720_cx.html for a list of the trips that will operate. Most notably Line 423 will run between Downtown Los Angeles and Encino only; no service to Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village or Thousand Oaks.

(West Los Angeles area)

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus:

Rapid 3 and 7 not operating (use local 3 and 7). Lines 42 and 44 not running. Transit Store closed.

Beginning Friday, March 20, we ask that all customers:

– Board and exit using the rear door only.
– Customers with accessibility needs may still use the front door.
– No cash or pre-paid fares (i.e. cash, TAP, paper passes, and mobile ticketing) will be required at this time.

As we closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we continue to make adjustments with the health and safety of our operators and customers in mind. These changes will allow us to keep our service running during the pandemic.

To ensure continuity of operations and match ridership demand during COVID-19, Big Blue Bus will implement weekday service modifications on most routes, beginning Monday, March 30 until further notice; weekend service remains unchanged at this time.

Route 1:

  • Northbound weekday trip at 9:20pm discontinued; southbound weekday trip at 10:06 discontinued.
  • UCLA’s Hilgard Terminal closed until further noticed. Buses now serve Charles E. Young/P2 Hub on all days.

Route 2:

  • Eastbound service ends at 8pm; westbound service ends at 8:40pm.
  • Select trips discontinued.
  • UCLA’s Hilgard Terminal closed until further noticed. Buses now serve Charles E. Young/P2 Hub on all days.

Route 5:

  • Select weekday trips discontinued.

Route 8:

  • Eastbound service ends at 9:45pm; westbound service ends at 10:40pm.
  • Select trips discontinued.
  • UCLA’s Hilgard Terminal closed until further noticed. Buses now serve Charles E. Young/P2 Hub on all days.

Route 9:

  • Northbound service ends at 7:30pm; southbound service ends at 7:40pm.
  • Select trips discontinued.

Route 10:

  • Buses will leave Santa Monica at 6:00 and 7:00 am, and leave Los Angeles at 3:30  and 6:00 pm (all other trips cancelled)

Route 12:

  • Southbound service ends at 11:10pm; northbound service hours remain unchanged.
  • Buses run approximately every 22 minutes.
  • Select trips discontinued.

Route 14:

  • Northbound service ends at 7:30pm; southbound service hours remain unchanged.
  • Select trips discontinued.

Route 15:

  • Southbound service ends at 6:25pm; northbound service hours remain unchanged.
  • Buses run approximately every 50 minutes during the midday.
  • Select trips discontinued.

Route 16:

  • Buses run approximately every 50 minutes all day.

Route 17:

  • Northbound service ends at 6:55pm; southbound service ends at 9:08pm.
  • Select trips discontinued.

Route 18:

  • Select weekday trips discontinued.

Visit https://www.bigbluebus.com/Routes-And-Schedules/ServiceChanges.aspx for more details.

 

Culver CityBus:

Culver CityBus Temporary Free Bus Service and Rear Door Boarding

Rides on Culver CityBus will be free starting Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice.

Culver CityBus is announcing that it will temporarily suspend fare collection for riders.  Culver CityBus is also requesting that all passengers board using the rear door in order to limit interactions between passengers and bus operators. The front doors will only be used for riders who need support due to ADA mobility devices, which require a lift to get inside the bus.

These changes to service come as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will allow both riders and operators to practice social distancing and still travel to and from home and work. These changes are being implemented by Culver CityBus in addition to on-bus hand sanitizers for both riders and operators and rigorous and increased sanitation efforts of every bus daily.

Culver CityBus Service Changes

Culver CityBus is also announcing service changes in response to the reduced ridership resulting from school closures and recommendations that the community work from home and practice social distancing. Effective today, Culver CityBus is implementing “existing Saturday service,” with additions to accommodate lines that are currently being utilized by the community.

The specific emergency service plan, which will operate beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 and until further notice, is as follows:

  • Weekday service:
    • Line 1, 3, and 4 will use Saturday service schedules
    • Line 2 will reduce full day service to peak hours only
    • Line 6 Local will use Saturday Line 6 service with additional trips during peak hours
    • Line 7 will use existing regular Line 7 service
  • Discontinued service is as follows:
    • Line 5 and Rapid 6 service is discontinued temporarily
  • Saturday and Sunday service on all remaining lines will remain as is

The most updated information about Culver CityBus Service can be found on the new app, Next CCBus.  Any future reduction or change in service will be updated real-time in the app.

Dial-A-Ride Paratransit Changes

Dial-A-Ride Paratransit is limiting services to only medical appointments and grocery pick up.

 

West Hollywood Free Shuttle Services:
CityLine Local and Commuter will continue to operate as scheduled for now, but the Pickup and the Sunset Trip will temporarily cease operation until further notice.

https://www.weho.org/services/public-transportation-transit-options/cityline-shuttle

https://wehosunsettrip.com/

https://wehopickup.com/route-and-hours.html

 

(San Fernando Valley area)

Glendale Beeline:  All service running as scheduled. Free fares. Boarding through rear door.

BurbankBus: All service is running as scheduled.

San Fernando Trolley: All service is running as scheduled.

(South Bay area)

Beach Cities Transit:

  • Free fare for BCT and WAVE riders
  • Rear door boarding on EZ Rider buses, and front door entry upon request
  • Modified weekday/Saturday schedules – trips after 7 pm cancelled
  • School trippers cancelled

https://www.redondo.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=3127&TargetID=31

Palos Verdes Transit:  “Effective immediately PV Transit will only be operating Route 225-226 and the dial-a-ride service. Our office will remain open.”

El Segundo Transportation Services: Dial-A-Ride, Lunch Shuttle, and Beach Shuttle service has been suspended. Only Doctor Dial-A-Ride service on Thursdays are still operating.

https://www.elsegundo.org/our-city/emergency-management/update-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19 (Under March 13 update)

Gardena GTrans: GTrans will be operating a modified bus schedule,
effective March 29, 2020 until further notice.

• Line 1X: will operate daily on its Weekend Schedule as normal – No service to Downtown LA
• Line 2: will operate every day on its Weekend Schedule, with trips canceled in the early AM
• Line 3: will operate daily on its Weekend schedule, with trips ever hour
• Line 4: will operate daily on its Weekday Schedule
• Line 5: will operate daily on its Weekday Schedule, with trips every hour

Buses will operate between approximately 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. http://ridegtrans.com/service-update-march-27-2020/

We are now practicing social distancing onboard the bus and ask that you not sit in rows that are blocked off. We want to ensure there is enough space for customers to remain 6 feet from each other. Increased cleaning and disinfecting are continuing onboard our buses.

GTrans Special Transit paratransit service is now offered on a reduced basis, limited to essential trips only. Please call Special Transit Dispatch at (310) 965-8848 for the most current scheduling
information

Out of an abundance of caution and to provide further protection for our employees and the public, all boarding on GTrans buses will occur at the rear of the bus. The front door will remain closed, and the Operator area will be restricted However, those using mobility devices and need access to the bus via the ramp will still be able to access through the front door. Please let the Operator know.

Until further notice, no fare payment will be required.

Torrance Transit: “Torrance Transit will be operating a Saturday time schedule Monday through Friday. Line 4X and Line 6 will run under a modified schedule Monday through Friday.”
https://twitter.com/TorranceTransit/status/1240465537492086784

Effective Mar 23, passengers will board through the rear door (unless the ramp is needed). No fares will be collected.

 

Carson Circuit: Eff. March 28, all Carson Circuit service will be suspended.

 

(South East Los Angeles County area)

Long Beach Transit: Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020 until further notice: Long Beach Transit will be operating a modified bus schedule. LBT buses will operate from 6 AM to 9 PM daily. All water taxi services will be suspended.The UCLA Westwood Commuter Express will remain in service on a modified schedule (one round trip per weekday). https://ridelbt.com/servicealert/

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until further notice, all customers will be asked to board and exit through the rear door of all buses to help protect LBT bus operators and promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The front door will only be available to customers who use mobility devices or who need the boarding ramp. Please have appropriate fare with you during your travel.

Norwalk Transit: “The Norwalk Transit will not be charging fares through April 19, also please practice social distancing and enter through the rear door.
Front doors may be used for wheelchairs, seniors with walkers and those requiring the kneeling function and/or ramp.”

City of Bell (La Campana): La Campana is still operating as scheduled. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9ztEKngfCH/

Bellflower Bus: All service operating normally

Cerritos on Wheels (COW): All service is running as scheduled. http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/transportation/cow.php

Compton Renaissance Transit: Apparently running as scheduled. (Eff March 1, all routes run until 6:30 pm). http://www.comptoncity.org/visitors/cpttrans.asp

Cudahy Area Rapid Transit: All service operating normally

Downeylink: “As of now the Downeylink services will continue to run”

Lynwood Trolley/Breeze: Apparently running normal service. http://lynwood.ca.us/lynwood-trolley-breeze-schedule/

Montebello Bus Lines: Saturday-level service on Lines 10,20,30,40 and 50. No other lines operating. Free fares

City of Commerce: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, City transit buses will run on a modified Saturday schedule. This schedule will be in place until further notice.

In summary, the City’s transit system will temporarily consist of the following:

  • Citadel Express Route –Monday through Sunday Services the City of Commerce / Downtown Los Angeles Area (Temporarily on a modified schedule)
  • Green, Red and Blue Routes – Monday through Saturday
  • Orange, Purple and Yellow Routes – Temporarily Removed from Service
  • Church and Shopper Routes – Temporarily Removed from Service
  • 26th Street Shuttle (Metrolink Train Station) – Monday through Friday

(San Gabriel-Pomona Valley area)

Foothill Transit: “Effective immediately, customers will enter and exit the buses using the rear entrance only to help maintain proper social distancing. Customers who need to use the ramp may still board through the front door. Once on board, customers are asked to maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and the operator and stagger seating as much as possible to maintain the recommended social distance.”

We will reduce service on Monday, March 23. Commuter Express Lines 490, 493, 495, 498, 499, and 699, along with Line 690 and Lines 851-855 will not be running. All other Local lines and the Silver Streak will still be running if you need to reach downtown Los Angeles. DuartEbus will still be running.

The stop at Puente Hills Mall will close for Lines 178, 185, 280, 281, 282, 285, 289, 482, and 493 starting at 7 p.m. today, March 18, until further notice. During this closure, Lines 178, 289, and 482 will not serve their stops at Colima Rd and Albatross Rd.

For Line 493, please use the stops at Colima Rd and Albatross Rd.

For all other lines, please use a stop on Albatross Rd across from the Marie Callender’s restaurant.

Alhambra Community Transit: Still operating as scheduled.

El Monte Trolley: All service operating normally

Glendora Commuter Shuttles: All service operating normally. Free fares.

 

Monterey Park Spirit: In response to current Coronavirus outbreak, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Spirit Bus will have the following modifications in the hours of operation:

  • Route 1-4 will run the Saturday schedule from 9:10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday schedules remain the same.
  • Route 5 will run from 9:10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday schedules remain the same (no service).
  • LINK shuttle that runs between Corporate Center and CSULA Metrolink Station will be canceled until further notice

La Puente Link: All service operating normally.

Pasadena Transit: All service operating normally. Rear door boarding may be in effect

Pomona Valley Transportation Authority (PVTA): Effective Friday March 20, 2020 through Tuesday March 31, 2020, PVTA will waive fares on its Get About Service. Waiver NOT applicable on ReadyNow or One Step Over the Line Services.

Effective Tuesday March 17, 2020 through Tuesday March 31, 2020, Claremont Dial-A-Ride will be waiving fares.

https://www.pvtrans.org/

Rosemead Explorer: All service operating normally.

Sierra Madre Gateway Coach and Dial-A-Ride: All service operating normally.

 

(North Los Angeles County area)

Santa Clarita Transit:

In response to the Safer at Home order announced by Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita Transit will be reducing the number of commuter trips operating outside Santa Clarita. This consolidated schedule will balance the current needs of public transportation and will continue until further direction been provided. Please click the links for information pertaining to your route:

Santa Clarita Transit Route 757 to North Hollywood and local routes (with the exception of the supplemental school tripper routes which have been suspended) contine to run as scheduled.

Rear door boarding is also implemented. They are not collecting fares at this time.

http://santaclaritatransit.com/2020/03/26/transit-service-update-regarding-covid-19/

 

Antelope Valley Transit: “In order to promote healthy personal space and social distancing, AVTA has made the decision to reduce maximum occupancy on all our buses by 50% until further notice. While this may present some inconvenience, please use this as an opportunity to take the CDC’s advice and avoid close contact with others.”

AVTA’s Local Transit Routes will continue running, however as Monday, March 23, 2020, all local transit routes will change to a reduced Saturday Schedule for all days, Monday through Sunday, until further notice.

Due to the Statewide ‘Stay at home’ order, starting Monday, March 23rd, route 8 will be canceled until further notice.

Additionally, all Commuter Routes are cancelled, including routes 747, 748, 785, 786, 787, and the Transporter Route 790.


ORANGE COUNTY

Orange County OCBus: “Effective Monday, March 23, OCTA will temporarily implement Sunday Service Schedule on all days until further notice.
There will be NO CHANGES to ACCESS paratransit service and it will continue to be available as usual for eligible passengers.”
Stationlink  routes will also operate
https://www.octa.net/ebusbook/CompleteBusBook.pdf

 

Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART): Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, ART’s hours of operation will be 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Most routes will run at a 50 -60 min. frequency.  Canyon Line and ARTIC Sports Complex Line will continue to run on their respective schedules. Please click the link below to view or download the new route changes:

https://rideart.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Combo-Lines-2020-updated-3.17-1.pdf

iShuttle: service “temporarily suspended” eff. Mar 25.

Laguna Beach Transit: “As a result of the Governor’s most recent order directing California residents to stay at home, the City’s trolley service will be suspended until further notice beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. At this time we do not have any additional information as to when service will resume. Updates will be posted here as they are available.”


RIVERSIDE COUNTY

Riverside Transit Agency: New boarding policy now in effect:

  • Customers must board and exit the bus using the REAR door.
  • Customers with mobility devices or those needing boarding assistance can use the front door.
  • Fares will continue to be honored.
  • Customers riding smaller buses and Dial-A-Ride vehicles will continue to board from the front.

Due to declining ridership triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, RTA will begin running a slimmed-down version of service on par with its reduced Sunday schedule. The new schedule will begin Sunday, April 5 or as soon as feasible and last an indefinite amount of time. The move to seven-day-a-week Sunday service will affect most of RTA’s 47 routes. Below details which routes are affected with links to schedules. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Information Center at (95) 565-5002.

  • No Service on the following routes: Rapidlink, 19A, 26, 50, 51, 52, 55, 202, 210, 217
  • Reduced service on: 204, 205, 206 and 208
  • Sunday level service on all other routes
  • Regular service on Dial-A-Ride

https://www.riversidetransit.com/index.php/news-a-publications/latest-news/346-service-adjustments-and-protection-against-the-coronavirus-covid-19

Beaumont Transit: The following hours of operation are in effect Saturday March 14, 2020 until further notice:

Route 2: 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Route 3: 6:24 AM – 11:06 AM & 1:24 PM – 5:06 PM

Route 4: 6:35 AM – 9:35 AM & 12:35 PM – 5:35 PM

Route 3/4: Saturday ONLY – from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM & Sunday – CLOSED

Route 120 will operate during the following loops ONLY:

Morning – 4:40, 7:25 and 9:45, Afternoon – 12:25, 3:00, & 5:20, Saturdays – 9:35 AM, 11:55 AM, & 3:10 PM

Route 125: 7:00 AM  – 10:10 AM & 1:45 PM – 5:10 PM

https://www.beaumontca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/36272/Transit-COVID-Poster-031320

 

Banning Transit: The following hours of operation are in effect Wednesday March 18, 2020 until further notice:

Route 1 Westbound: 5:00 AM – 10:11 PM (the last bus run toward Esperanza and Elm will be at 5 p.m.)

Route 1 Eastbound: 6:15 AM – 6 PM

Route 1 E/W (Saturdays and Sundays): 8:00 AM – 5:56 PM

Route 5: 5:30 AM – 6:49 PM

Route 6: 7:40 AM – 5:44 PM

Combination Route 5 & 6: 7:40 AM – 5:44 PM

https://www.recordgazette.net/news/banning-city-bus-service-alters-operations/article_b45082d6-696a-11ea-8bb5-5b92f620f370.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

 

Corona Cruiser: Continues to operate as scheduled.

Sunline Transit (Palm Springs):

SUNLINE SYSTEM WIDE EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020
Please be advised all SunLine routes will be operating on the Sunday service schedule 7-days a week. Routes no longer in service, until further notice, will be 20, 21, 54, Commuter Link 220, and the Palm Springs BUZZ.

Free fares. Passengers asked to use rear door unless using wheelchair ramp.

Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA): As of Friday, March 13, 2020, PVVTA Gold Route 2 is suspended until further notice. As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Blythe Wellness Express BWE 6 service is suspended until Monday April 6, 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Omnitrans:

In order to support public health efforts and continue to provide vital services, Omnitrans has decided to make temporary adjustments to our bus boarding procedures and implement reduced service as follows.

EFFECTIVE SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020 – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020
Customers must board and exit the bus using the REAR DOOR.
Customers with mobility devices will continue to board and exit through the front door.
NO FARES will be collected on Omnitrans buses.
Additionally, beginning on Monday, March 23, Omnitrans will implement reduced service as follows, seven days a week:

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020
Routes operating every 15 minutes will operate every 30 minutes.
Routes operating every 30 minutes will operate every 60 minutes.
Routes operating every 60 minutes will continue to operate every 60 minutes.

 

Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA):

Service on Commuter routes 12 and 15 has been temporarily suspended until further notice. (Local Fixed Route and Ready Ride services are still operating as scheduled)

Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, Local Fixed Route and Ready Ride bus services will be provided free-of-charge until Friday, April 2, 2020.

Mountain Transit:

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 until Friday, April 3, 2020: Mountain Transit will suspend taking fares. The following service will be suspended until further notice:     

            Effective Monday March 23, 2020

    • Route 5 (Big Bear OTM) 11:00 AM Downhill/Uphill trip
    • Route 6 (Crestline OTM)  8:30 AM trip
  • Big Bear Dial-A-Ride will operate from 5:30 AM until 8:00 PM

Effective Saturday March 21, 2020  

  • Big Bear Weekend Trolley

https://mountaintransit.org/mountain-transit-service-changes-due-to-coronavirus/

Needles Area Transit: All service operating normally

Victor Valley Transit: Schedules operating normally. Effective March 23, all routes will run on Sunday schedules (except BV Link Route 15, which will use its Saturday schedule). Free fares. Passengers asked to use rear door unless using wheelchair ramp. Lines 50X (Victor Valley College) and 200 to Needles have been suspended.

 


VENTURA COUNTY

VCTC Transit:
Ticket offices closed. All rides are free.

UPDATE 3/23 – Due to COVID-19 and the recent “Stay Well at Home” order, VCTC Intercity will be making updates to schedules. Four routes will operate during the week (Monday-Friday) using the regular Saturday/Sunday Schedule; which means there will be less frequent service than what normally runs on weekdays. Changes go into effect on Thursday, March 26.

Highway 101 – Will run on a “Saturday Schedule Monday-Saturday
Highway 126 – Will run on a “Saturday/Sunday” Schedule Monday-Sunday
East County – Will run on a “Saturday” Schedule Monday-Saturday
Channel Islands – Will run on a “Saturday/Sunday” Schedule Monday – Sunday
(Route 99 will operate all seven days, Monday through Sunday)

Coastal Express: Regular Schedule (no change)

Cross County Limited: Regular Schedule (no change)

As a reminder, based on guidance from public health officials, VCTC advises all riders to practice social distancing, and has taken certain measures to help with this process.

Boarding / Exiting the Bus:

  • Drivers are to disembark the vehicle before passengers board.
  • Once the driver has exited the bus, passengers should board the bus and find a seat immediately.
  • Passengers should choose a seat that is at least six feet from the nearest passenger/driver, if possible, and sit in the window seat away from the aisle.
  • At each stop, the driver will check to see if passengers need to exit. If so, the driver will exit the vehicle first.
  • Once the driver has exited, passengers should exit maintaining proper distance.
  • Additionally, VCTC asks that passengers limit travel to essential trips only (medical appointments, food, work) for the health and well-being of everyone on board.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner: Train #759, providing early-morning commuter service to Santa Barbara and Goleta, has been cancelled eff. March 23.

Gold Coast Transit: Effective, Sunday, March 29, 2020, GCTD will implement a temporary reduction in service in response to COVID-19. Most routes will be reduced to Sunday-level service, seven days a week.  In addition, in order to enhance physical distancing on the bus, elimination of fare collection and rear door boardings will remain in effect until further notice. The front door is reserved for seniors and passengers with disabilities.

Moorpark City Transit:

  • Effective March 23, 2020, all fares have been suspended.
  • Effective March 24, 2020, Trips 1 and 11 will be suspended for both Route 1 and Route 2.
  • Route 2, Trip 2 will provide service to and from Villa Del Arroyo.
  • Updated schedules for Route 1 and Route 2 are available here: https://www.moorparkca.gov/227/Bus-Ride-Guide

 

Ojai Trolley: Beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020: On weekdays, only Route A with extended service to 7:30pm will continue. Route B is temporarily discontinued. Weekend service will not change. This provides 1-hour frequency trolleys instead of the normal ½ hour trolley frequency. https://ojaitrolley.com/

Simi Valley Transit: Schedules operating normally.

“During the Coronavirus emergency, Simi Valley Transit riders are invited to pay for their trips with cash or the Token Transit app (tokentransit.com/app); however, once existing bus passes have been used, riders will be unable to purchase additional passes. City Hall is currently closed to public access and staff is not available to accept payment for new bus passes. Riders are encouraged to have exact change for the bus and practice social distancing while on board.”

Thousand Oaks Transit: Effective Saturday, March 21, Thousand Oaks Transit is suspending all local bus services through at least Monday, April 6. Limited bus services in town and connecting regional bus services will be available on VCTC Intercity 101 and East lines, Metro 161, and Commuter Express 422/423 lines.

Effective Friday, March 20, local Thousand Oaks Dial-a-Ride services hours are being reduced as follows: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be no Sunday Dial-A-Ride service.

Effective Friday, March 20, rides on Dial-A-Ride will only be accommodated for those rides deemed essential. Approved rides include trips to medical facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, and other retail locations selling essential hygiene and sanitation products. All riders are asked to consider deferring trips whenever possible to ensure all users have an equal opportunity to use the service for basic needs.

Effective Thursday, March 19, we are suspending collection of fares on the Dial-A-Ride service until we resume normal operations.

Camarillo Area Transit: Apparently operating normally

Valley Express: Apparently operating normally


SAN DIEGO COUNTY

North County Transit District:

Oceanside, CA – Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the North County Transit District (NCTD) is experiencing significant declines in ridership and has determined that temporary service reductions will be implemented for COASTER commuter trains. The following temporary service reductions will be in effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.

Weekend COASTER Service:
All weekend COASTER service will be suspended. Service will not run between Oceanside and Santa Fe Depot on Saturdays or Sundays beginning on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Weekday COASTER Service:
Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, the temporary schedule for weekday (Monday-Friday) service will only include the “active” trains below. “Suspended” trains will not operate.)
No change in bus schedules

SPRINTER trains will run a single car instead of their usual two-car configuration. NCTD BREEZE and SPRINTER services are running as scheduled. (except school trippers)

https://gonctd.com/nctd-reduces-coaster-service-during-outbreak/

San Diego MTS: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice, school trippers are canceled for routes 28, 41, 44, 115, 201/202, 709L, 712L, 854X, and 905. “MTS will continue regular service through March 31. With fewer riders on board, maintaining regular service at this time will enable passengers to better practice social distancing while riding and at stations. Future service updates will be posted to this page.”

https://www.sdmts.com/schedules-real-time/covid-19-updates


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Santa Barbara MTD:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of Thursday, March 19, 2020, MTD is enacting 4 major changes, all until further notice. Please read the following carefully, and call (805) 963-3366 or email info@sbmtd.gov with any questions.

1. The following service changes will go into effect:
Line 15x- No Service
Line 16- No Service
Line 27- Alternate Service (Will operate on the “UCSB out” alternate schedule)
Line 28- No Service
All Booster Services- No Service

2. The front doors and front seats of all MTD buses will be reserved for seniors and people with disabilities. All other passengers are asked to board and exit using the rear door of the bus.

3. All MTD Fixed-Route Buses will be fare free. No fare or pass is required to ride our service, until further notice.

To maintain social distancing on-board our buses, drivers are limiting loads to the following: 8 people on a 40 foot bus, 5 people on a 30 foot bus. A bus may pass up the stop you’re waiting at if it has that number of people on board. https://twitter.com/SantaBarbaraMTD/status/1242483107749494785?s=20

Clean Air Express:

To better serve essential employees, the Clean Air Express service is expanding service with additional trips from both Lompoc and Santa Maria/Buellton to Goleta and Santa Barbara beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. http://www.cleanairexpress.com/default.htm

Santa Ynez Valley Transit (SYVT): SYVT has temporarily suspended all fixed-route service. SYVT is now providing Dial-A-Ride service that is open to the general public.

https://www.syvt.com/211/Santa-Ynez-Valley-Transit

 

Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT): SMAT services, including Breeze bus regional service and Dial-A-Ride service remain in normal service.

https://www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/public-works-services/public-transit-services-2499

 


KERN COUNTY

Golden Empire Transit: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice: GET will implement reduced service using the weekend service schedule, seven days a week.

  • Fixed Route buses will operate 6:30 AM – 7:00 PM daily.
  • GET-A-Lift will operate for medically necessary appointments ONLY (Doctors Appointment, Pharmacy and Grocery Store).
  • RYDE will follow the weekend schedule of 7am-7pm daily.
  • Line X-92 to IKEA will run a regular schedule.

https://www.getbus.org/get-announces-reduced-service-schedule/


Kern Transit:  Effective March 30:

  • Service on Routes 100,110,120, 130, and 140 will be reduced (generally, only half the regular number of trips will be operated) Mon-Fri. No change to weekend service
  • Route 115 will be by request only, call 800-323-2396 at least one day in advance. This route will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays only
  • Route 140 will be suspended (use Route 140)
  • Routes 210, 220, 223 and 225 will be suspended (use Dial-A-Ride)
  • No change on Routes 227, 230, 240 and 250

Visit https://kerntransit.org/ for the most recent changes

Arvin Transit: Effective Friday March 20, 2020 until further notice: service on the following routes will temporarily be suspended:

  • Arvin Local Fixed
  • Arvin to Lamont
  • Arvin to Bakersfield
  • Arvin to Tejon

Arvin Dial-A-Ride service will still operate from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM for seniors and ADA Applicants only

https://www.arvin.org/government/transportation/


IMPERIAL COUNTY

Imperial Valley Transit: Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all bus routes to Imperial Valley College (IVC) have been suspended until further notice.

Yuma County Area Transit: YCAT Line 10 (El Centro-Winterhaven-Yuma AZ) is operating normally, as are most other YCAT routes.

Based on the current events surrounding the COVID-19 the Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCAT) is implementing several revised policies and procedures, effective March 20 – April 3, 2020 or longer if needed. At this time, there are no other service reduction besides the Silver Route 9.
Public transit remains a critical lifeline during crisis events, connecting workers to the jobs that support community needs, and residents to health care and medical needs. In order to balance the need to protect YCAT employees while providing a vital public service, the following changes will start on March 20:
• YCAT bus and YCAT OnCall paratransit services will operate its regular schedule until further notice.
• All YCAT bus and YCAT OnCall paratransit services will be fare-free to reduce driver exposure by removing the contact point presented with the exchange and verification of fare.
• Current YCAT and YCAT OnCall passholders will be able to receive an extension on their pass for the period the system is fare-free. Details will be communicated as the fare-free period ends.
• To promote social distancing for YCAT and YCAT OnCall drivers, all riders will be asked to board and alight the bus at the rear door, if the bus is equipped with rear door entry. Anyone requiring the ramp can still board through the front door.


INTERCITY SERVICES

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner:

Effective for Monday, March 23
As we get the equipment in position to implement a temporary schedule reduction, service will be a little different during a one-day transition period.

Northbound:

Trains 561, 565, 579, and 593 will operate as scheduled
Trains 562, 566, 572, 578, 590, 782, and 792 are cancelled
Train 796 will operate according to the schedule between Goleta and San Diego (no service between San Luis Obispo and Goleta)

Southbound:

Trains 564, 580, and 584 will operate as scheduled
Trains 569, 573, 583, 591, 595, and 759 are cancelled
Trains 763 and 777 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Goleta (no service north of Goleta)
Trains 767 and 785 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Los Angeles (no service north of Los Angeles)

Effective for Tuesday, March 24
We will operate on a reduced schedule following the adjustments below. This is subject to change based on ridership and public health conditions. Any updates will be posted here and our Travel Advisory pages.

Northbound:

Trains 759, 561/1761, 565/1565, 569/1569, 573/1573, 583, 591/1591, and 595 are cancelled
Trains 763 and 777 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Goleta (no service north of Goleta)
Trains 767/1767 and 785 will operate according to the schedule between San Diego and Los Angeles (no service north of Los Angeles)
Southbound:

Trains 562, 566/1566, 572/1572, 578, 782, 590/1590, and 792 are cancelled
Train 774 will operate according to the schedule between Los Angeles and San Diego (no service between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles)
Train 796 will operate according to the schedule between Goleta and San Diego (no service between San Luis Obispo and Goleta)
Note: Service to San Luis Obispo will be preserved through limited bus connections from Santa Barbara. The decision to suspend service north of Goleta was made after a thorough analysis of current ridership, as well as crew and equipment needs.

https://www.pacificsurfliner.com/globalassets/pdfs/schedules/481115426_pacific-surfliner-timetable_mar-2020_reduced-service_fnl.pdf/

https://www.pacificsurfliner.com/plan-your-trip/schedules/schedule-change/

[Typically, half the trains between Los Angeles and San Diego will be cut. Service north to Goleta will be likewise reduced, and no trains will run north of Goleta to San Luis Obispo]

Greyhound: “Greyhound is temporarily reducing schedules across our network as a result of the drop in demand due to coronavirus. In most cases, we are reducing services in high frequency markets.” https://www.greyhound.com/en/promos/peace-of-mind

Effective: March 19, 2020

Effective: March 19, 2020

The Victorville station located at 16838 D Street Victorville, CA 92395 has been temporarily closed and will serve as a passenger pick up and drop off location only until further notice.

What does this mean?

TICKET PURCHASES

No tickets can be purchased at this location. Tickets must be booked online at greyhound.com, through our mobile app, or at a full service location
Will Call pick up option is not available at this location. Tickets must be printed at home or E-Ticket checked in before arriving at the terminal
ARRIVALS

Your arrival location is 16838 D Street Victorville, CA 92395(opens in a new tab) outside the station
Please remember to take all your belongings and get any bags stored underneath the bus when exiting
DEPARTURES

Your departing location is 16838 D Street Victorville, CA 92395(opens in a new tab) outside the station
Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure
Have your printed ticket in hand, E-Ticket on your mobile phone, or photo id ready when boarding
The driver will be there to assist with bags and boarding

Megabus: “We have reduced the available number of seats on our double-deck vehicles to give our drivers and customers more personal space. This complies with the CDC’s guidance to avoid groups of more than 50 people. ”

Flixbus: ” FlixBus has suspended its service throughout the United States until further notice starting March 22, 2020. We have informed affected passengers, and they will have received a voucher without cancellation fee. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.” https://www.flixbus.com/coronavirus-information

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RIDEHAILING SERVICES (Uber, Lyft, etc.)

Uber: https://www.uber.com/us/en/coronavirus/ 

Lyft: “Lyft is pausing Shared rides across all of our markets. The health and safety of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we’re dedicated to doing what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and base our actions on official guidance.”

Via: “As part of our commitment to getting you where you need to go safely, we’re reducing the total number of people in each shared ride. This way we can make sure you’re always at a comfortable distance from fellow Via riders. “