South County bus system increases fare, changes routes

South County Transit riders soon will see some changes to their normal routes.

The South County Transit Board of Directors voted on May 5 to introduce several changes to its bus system, including increasing single-ride cash fares for the first time in six years, adding two new routes and updating the transit service’s logo.

The route and fare changes will take effect July 31. The system will begin using the new logo immediately.

South County Transit serves the Five Cities and South San Luis Obispo County area with three daily fixed routes and a Monday-through-Friday route that serves Arroyo Grande High School during the academic year.

Riders will now be charged $1.50 per ride or 75 cents for qualified discounted riders — a 25 cent and 15 cent increase, respectively. According to a South County Transit news release, the board voted to increase single-ride cash fares for the first time in six years to comply with federal mandates.

Because of the increases, the system has added a senior/disabled day pass for $1.50 per day. The transit will also offer a regular day pass for $3 per day and a senior/disabled 31-day pass for $18.50.

The transit will eliminate the single-direction Route 23, known as the Oceano Loop, and replace it with Routes 27 and 28, which will cover the same area but run in opposite directions. The two new routes will simplify service in the Oceano area and reduce round-trip travel times, according to the release.

The two new routes will also replace the “tripper” Route 25, which primarily served Arroyo Grande High School and ran only twice a day. The new routes will have improved stops to meet the school’s start and closing times.

The board also voted to start using a new logo after going eight years without one. It was developed by Pierre Rademaker Design of San Luis Obispo, which is known for designing the logo for national retailer Gap, according to the news release.

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