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Wed, Dec 22, 2010

New LINK bus service to Chandler & Gilbert

Chandler, AZ– A new transit option for Chandler commuters will begin January 24 when sleek Valley Metro LINK buses begin service along Arizona Avenue. The celebration begins with a ribbon cutting on Wed., Jan. 19 and the Notes Campaign local band, What Laura Says, will be there to play “How to Ride the Bus.”

A public ceremony to dedicate the new LINK stations and route is planned for 2 p.m. on Jan.19 in Chandler at the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.

Link is a state-of-the-art Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service that features rail-like comfort and speed and will travel Arizona Avenue between south Chandler’s Park and Ride lot near Tumbleweed Park to METRO Rail’s Sycamore Station on Main Street in Mesa. The LINK service will stop only at major intersections or destinations, approximately every mile.

LINK buses offer easier boarding with low floors, one entrance and two exit doors for rapid entry and exiting. The stations feature raised platforms which allow passengers to walk directly onto the bus and include dynamic messaging signs for bus arrival information, plus bike racks, generous seating and shade. Fare vending machines also are planned in the near future at select locations.

LINK service will run every 30 minutes during peak travel times and 60 minutes during off-peak hours, weekends and holidays. Service will run later on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 602-253-5000 for schedule information. The cost for a one-ride trip on the LINK bus is $1.75, and an All Day Pass purchased in advance is $3.50. Purchasing an All-Day Pass on-board the LINK bus will cost $5.25.

The City has been preparing for the new service for several years and added bus queue jumper lanes to intersection widening projects that occurred along Arizona Avenue in 2005 and 2006 at Elliot, Warner and Ray roads. Queue jumper lanes are bus-only lanes that allow buses to bypass waiting traffic at intersections.

Valley Metro recently constructed 20 new bus shelters along Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive to accommodate the 40-foot and-60-foot-long buses. The 12 stations in Chandler feature lighted boxes containing artwork from local artists. Two specially designed “art stations” at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard were designed by artist Joan Waters with funding from the Chandler Arts Commission.

Originally funded by Proposition 400 funds, the construction of the new 12-mile extension south into Chandler would have been delayed indefinitely due to a downturn in sales tax revenues if not for $11.5 million in stimulus funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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