The Metropolitan Transit System announced it will implement schedule changes during Labor Day Weekend to help address ongoing bus operator shortages and maintain reliable times.
The agency will implement schedule changes on Sept. 4, and the majority of route changes will adjust service frequency from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes. MTS trolley lines are expected to remain unchanged, but MTS will run a holiday service schedule for Labor Day.
Bus and trolley service will run a Sunday schedule during the Labor Day modified service. Additionally, every fare-paying passenger will be able to bring one guest aboard on Sept. 5, since Labor Day is an MTS ‘Friends Ride Free’ holiday, the agency announced.
The most significant service changes will include:
- Added service on select routes serving schools including Routes 7, 44, 985
- Seventeen bus routes will have periods of reduced service from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes
- Suspension of Saturday service on Route 944 (serving Poway); alternative service remains available on Route 945
“These changes are being implemented to accommodate schools going back into session and help maintain reliable travel times. MTS makes schedule adjustments three times each year and some service may be restored on these routes in the coming months as workforce resources become available,” MTS wrote in a statement.
Riders should refer to the Alerts & Detours page, and schedule page for the latest information.