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Tue, Jun 23, 2015

New Southeast Phoenix RAPID Bus Service

Commuters in southeast Phoenix have a convenient new travel option. The Central South Mountain East RAPID commuter bus service originates at the 24th St/Baseline Park-and-Ride to downtown Phoenix with a convenient connection to light rail.

This new service has five inbound and outbound trips during peak, weekday commute hours. By choosing this public transit option, riders can save money on gas and gain more valuable “me” time. According to the American Public Transportation Association, public transportation in the U.S. saved 865 million hours annually in travel time.

“The Central South Mountain East RAPID route has decreased my commute time to downtown Phoenix by approximately 30 minutes,” said Kedrick Ellison. “I can relax, read or get started on my day, allowing me to be better prepared before I get into the office without having to deal with the stress of rush hour traffic.”

RAPID commuter bus service began operating in 2003. The limited stop service includes routes along I-10 East, I-10 West, SR-51 and I-17, and is funded by Phoenix’s dedicated transit sales tax, which was approved by voters in 2000. RAPID buses offer a variety of amenities that appeal to commuters, such as adjustable, high-back seats and overhead storage bins.

The park-and-ride has 205 shaded parking spaces for riders using the new Central South Mountain East RAPID route. To learn more and plan a transit trip, visit

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