SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif -

Route and fare changes for riders of the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority could be around the corner.

After a three-year process, both Paso Robles and Atascadero city councils approved plans for consolidating bus services in the north county.

A few of the changes include plans to cease operations for the Atascadero transit fixed route and to merge the Paso Express with RTA.

RTA is also proposing a reduction of one of its routes to Cal Poly.

"Route 9 will operate a new route, it's going to be much more streamlined from San Luis Obispo all the way up into the north county," said Geoff Straw of RTA. "We'll remove some duplication in Paso Robles and Atascadero in the local services, fares will be more consistent throughout, and hopefully it will make it more efficient for the riders and certainly more cost effective."

In addition, RTA is proposing that all transit agencies agree on a fare program for children that will allow children under 44 inches tall to ride for free with a paying adult.

Public meetings are scheduled throughout February.

The RTA board of directors will review the feedback from the public at its March 5 meeting. The proposed changes are set to go in affect June 1.

Meetings & Info:
http://slorta.org/planning