Sunline Reducing SunBus Service Due To Bus Driver Shortage

The nationwide shortage of bus drivers has hit the desert.


So, starting Sunday October 17th 2021, SunLine Transit Agency will  move to Level 2 service.


That means its local bus routes will be running on the weekend schedule, with slightly reduced service.


Route 5 serves what Sunline calls the education corridor in Palm Desert, getting students to area schools.  It does not usually run on weekends.   But it will continue to operate Monday through -Friday. The 10 Commuter Link to the Inland Empire will continue on its current schedule.


SunLine’s move to Level 2 is meant to limit the possibility of service interruptions. The Agency is working diligently to hire additional bus operators, and will evaluate the possibility to return to Level 1 service when staffing levels permit.


SunLine’s SunRide microtransit service – which was recently expanded in three of its four Coachella Valley service zones – will continue its regular operations connecting riders to the Consolidated Fixed Route Network.


The Agency encourages anyone interested in helping to keep the Coachella Valley moving to visit to learn more about its bus operator openings. Visit to learn more about what each level means for daily service schedules.


Riders are encouraged to use their myStop Mobile App to plan their trips and receive any necessary updates about their bus routes. ‘Rider Alerts’ signage has been installed at each bus stop to remind riders of possible service interruptions and provide instructions on how to download the myStop Mobile App. Downloadable PDF timetables specific to each route are also available on SunLine’s website.


Face masks covering your mouth and nose, must be worn on all forms of public transportation through January 18, 2022.


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