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Thu, Jul 14, 2011

Changes to bus service effective July 25

Phoenix, AZ (July 14, 2011)  A myriad of service changes take effect on Monday, July, 25. Passengers should check schedules before leaving for their destination as changes are being made to bus service across the Valley.

“Passengers should try to go online by using their mobile device or a computer to confirm their travel plans,” said Dave Boggs, Valley Metro executive director. “We see more and more passengers wanting immediate information and with online access it’s easier and quicker to get route information.”

Another reason to go online is that fewer Transit Books will be available in July compared to previous years. Reference copies of the Transit Book are available at city libraries and city halls. To keep up with the cost of printing, Valley Metro has estimated the Book’s value at $2.00 per copy and plans to charge for the Book in the future. For now, all Transit Books distributed on buses and at Transit Centers are free. 

If calling for bus and light rail route or schedule information, please note that Customer Service hours have changed. Valley Metro Customer Service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m, Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives will not be available for bus and light rail service on major holidays.

Some of the major changes effective Monday, July 25 to the Valley Metro regional public transit system are shown below. There are no changes to the METRO light rail schedule.

• “Zoom” Avondale circulator will replace Route 131 (START) and will provide neighborhood circulator service traveling in smaller vehicles. Each trip costs $.50 and passengers must pay an additional full fare to travel on any connecting Valley Metro bus route. The first week of service (July 25-29) is free.
• Loloma Station in Scottsdale will no longer be open for pass sales and Routes 41 and 72 will continue to travel to Indian School Rd. and Scottsdale Rd.
• LINK: Both Arizona Avenue/Country Club Dr. and Main St. routes will have their schedules adjusted.
• Route 40 (Apache/Main): The Tempe portion of the route is being eliminated. Route will travel between Superstition Springs Transit Center and Loop 101 Freeway/Apache Blvd. park-and-ride. Route 40 is renamed Route 40-Main Street. In addition, there are schedule adjustments.
• Route 62 (Hardy/Guadalupe): Route will no longer travel on Price Rd. between Baseline Rd. and Guadalupe Rd. Trips will begin and end at Price Rd. and Guadalupe Rd. Weekday peak service is reduce from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.
• Route 76 (Miller Rd.): Route is now Miller Road Trolley and is free to ride.
• Route 108 (Elliot Rd.): Portion of the route serving Arizona Mills Mall from Priest Drive to Baseline Road eliminated; service will begin and end at Priest Drive and Elliot Road.
• “BUZZ” Mesa circulator will have significant schedule and routing changes, as well as an extension to Brown Road and Mesa Drive on select weekday trips.
• Select low ridership trips have been eliminated on Routes 30, 45, 61, 66, 72 and 81.

To view all of the bus route changes, go online at The Transit Book is available online and in printed format. Books are available at libraries, transit centers, city halls and on buses.

The Transit Book is a 300-page comprehensive resource that passengers rely on for accurate information about riding transit. In addition to offering the schedules and maps for more than 80 bus routes and METRO light rail, the Transit Book features information in English and Spanish about fares, fare sales locations, and tips on how to ride the bus or light rail.  The release of the Transit Book coincides with the release of Valley Metro Notes’ newest song, “The Amazing Transit Book.”

Valley Metro/RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail,  a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, and bicycle and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local, state and federal revenues; and administered by a board of 16 governments working to improve and regionalize the public transit system. You can follow Valley Metro RPTA and METRO Light Rail on Twitter and Facebook. 

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