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Want to catch Disneyland fireworks, parade? New bus heads Inland at 10:15 p.m.

Inland residents who ride the bus to the Happiest Place on Earth don’t have to head home before the nightly fireworks show anymore.
Responding to customer desires and the surging popularity of a service barely four months old, the  Riverside Transit Agency this week added a late bus on a route that runs to Anaheim from San Bernardino and Riverside.
“The good news is, people who are catching an Angels game or staying later at Disneyland have a new option to get home,” said Brad Weaver, spokesman for the agency that runs a bus system in western Riverside County.
Debuting Sunday, May 13, the service added a bus that departs Disneyland at 10:15 p.m. daily. That’s an hour and 16 minutes later than what used to be the last weekday boarding, and 2 hours and 16 minutes after the former final pickup on weekend nights.
Passenger Mario Tovar, of Riverside, checks his phone as he rides a Riverside Transit Agency bus to Disneyland as the service debuts on Jan. 14, 2018. On Sunday, May 13, RTA added a late bus to the popular service. (File photo by Micah Escamilla, contributing photographer)
The addition comes as ridership continues to swell on the agency’s Route 200 .
Weaver said the number of passengers has grown from 2,426 during  the Disneyland bus’ first week  in January to an average of 3,150 boardings per week.
That’s a 30 percent increase, he said.
“There are a lot of people who are riding this route to go to Disneyland,” said Murrieta Councilman Randon Lane, first vice chair of the RTA board . “It’s a very quick route. It only makes a few stops.”
And many have asked that RTA add a late bus so they can hang around for fireworks and the parade, Lane said.
Also on Sunday, the agency adjusted most of its nearly 50 routes . For example, Route 12 eastbound buses began serving a new stop in downtown Riverside at University Avenue and Lemon Street and following a slightly different route through downtown, according to a list of the changes .
“Most of the changes are minor, with some scheduling tweaks,” Weaver said
However, bigger changes could be coming.
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On Thursday, May 24, the RTA board is set to consider several significant adjustments, including breaking up two lengthy routes — 22 and 27 — into two separate routes each.
Route 22 runs between Lake Elsinore, Perris and downtown Riverside, while Route 27 extends from Hemet through Perris to Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler. At 52 miles, Route 27 is RTA’s longest.
If the board breaks those routes up, Route 22 changes would take effect in September  and Route 27 changes would follow in January.
“They’re so long and to keep a bus on schedule is so difficult,” said Jim Kneepkens, director of marketing. “We will be able to provide a little more consistency for customers.”
BUS ROUTE CHANGES
Here’s a look at new and proposed alterations.
Introduced Sunday, May 13 : New late service on Route 200 from San Bernardino to Anaheim, with buses picking up passengers at Disneyland at 10:15 p.m. daily.
Possible in September:  Route 22 from Lake Elsinore to Perris to Riverside would be divided into two routes to boost on-time performance. RTA would maintain Route 22 service between the Perris Transit Center and downtown Riverside. The section between Perris and Lake Elsinore would become a new Route 9.
Possible in January:  Route 27 from Hemet to Perris to Riverside would be divided into two routes to boost on-time performance and frequency. RTA would maintain Route 27 service between Perris and the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside. The section between Perris and Hemet would become a new Route 28.

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