New bus routes connecting San Luis Obispo with the North Coast launch with eight days of free rides starting Sunday and continuing through Aug. 14.
Two new, 20-passenger Regional Transit Authority buses, each decorated with graphics that highlight the route and communities they serve, go into service that day.
Two routes, 12A and 12B, have been reorganized into five.
Routes 11 and 13 will have stops at Trader Joe’s and Food 4 Less on South Higuera Street and Costco, Home Depot and Target on Los Osos Valley Road, continuing out to Los Osos before connecting with other routes in Morro Bay.
Routes 12 and 14 will run from the Downtown Transit Center in San Luis Obispo to Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Morro Bay.
Route 15 will run from Morro Bay to Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon and Hearst Castle. There will be five runs daily from Morro Bay north, up from three. The expanded weekday North Coast route is funded by a two-year “Jobs Access Reverse Commute” grant.
Expanded weekend service was paid for in part by grants that had funded a Cambria trolley, which no longer runs due to low ridership and a lack of local-match funding of about $14,000.
Bus fares will still range from $1.50 to $3. Go to www.slorta.org or call 541-2228 for details.