Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System plans to radically cut back bus service on Sundays next month. At the same time the agency is making significant improvements to its trolley service.
SAN DIEGO The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System plans to radically cut back bus service on Sundays next month. At the same time the agency is making significant improvements to its trolley service.
Rob Schupp of the Metropolitan Transit System says huge budget shortfalls have left his agency with no choice but to reduce public bus transport again. Starting next month about 145,000 Sunday bus trips will be eliminated or reduced.
“We’re going to make probably the biggest cut in MTS history,” Schupp said, “We’re knocking out $7 million worth of service on Sundays. Entire routes on Sunday will be discontinued, a lot of routes will have lower frequencies. It’s up to 200,000 people that we’re affecting with this service cut.”
Schupp said lower sales taxes have affected the funding available for transit, and the state has withheld millions of dollars that were supposed to be earmarked to operate public transportation.
On the other hand, the agency has a capital budget of $600 million to upgrade trolley lines, so passengers can get anywhere they want to go on one transfer.
By next year almost 60 new trolley cars will be running on those lines.
Schupp described the changes at the CALTRANS annual Transportation Update meeting.