Things were relatively quiet in terms of public transportation in the Inland Empire during the Thanksgiving weekend. However some private sector bus carriers stood out in the news.
Greyhound for example reported growing popularity of its new bus fleet over the holiday. ThePress Enterprise interviewed waiting passengers at the Riverside Downtown bus terminal and found that they find convenience in taking the bus for their holiday travel needs. Such passengers do not want to put up with the airport madness and expensive fares for short-haul trips. If this growth pattern continues, we may be seeing more robust marketplace competition for intercity bus travel very soon. We advocate for public officials to make both streetside and open bus bays at exiting public transit centers available for the private sector coaches which would considerably improve express bus transit options for riders at minimal public costs.
On a more local level, a free shuttle put together by Lake Elsinore businesses launched on Black Friday to ferry passengers between major destinations in the city. Unfortunately, rainy weather made the opening day not so grand as ridership was light. In the public transit field, it is typical for local city bus routes to experience lighter ridership in the rain. So, there is hope in expanding the city’s local transit services through the private sector. The shuttle does provide additional bus transit options in a transit-dependent region paid for entirely with private capital. So, we hope that this bus does become a success.