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Tue, May 15, 2012

Proposed Express Bus Route Restructuring

Restructuring of the Express bus system will be considered on Thursday, May 17 at the Valley Metro RPTA Board of Directors meeting that begins at 12:45 p.m. The Valley Metro member agencies have been considering different ways to resolve the large deficit in forecasted revenues. As a part of that effort, there was a review of Express bus system and its productivity and efficiency. Public hearings were held throughout the Valley and public comment was taken into consideration for the proposed recommendations. For detail on proposed route changes, go to the Valley Metro Board Agenda pages 66-97.

Following is a summary by route of the discussion for each of the express routes in the system, changes that were presented for comment during the public participation period and the final recommendation.

Grand Avenue Limited (GAL): This route travels almost the same route as Route 571 Surprise Express, and is scheduled to be extended to Surprise in FY 2013 according to the 2010 adopted TLCP model. Rather than have two routes in the same corridor, GAL was proposed to be cut back to begin in Peoria, traveling to Central Station in Phoenix. Additionally, two round-trips will be eliminated due to low ridership.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement change as proposed

Route 510: This route has a significant amount of local circulation. Although there are temporary park-and-rides on the route, these are primarily agreements with local businesses to use existing parking lots. There are no permanent park-and-rides in the area. It was proposed that this route be eliminated and its riders served by a modified Route 512.
RECOMMENDATION: Eliminate route as proposed

Route 511: This route was proposed in Proposition 400 and implemented as a connector route from Chandler to Scottsdale. The Chandler portion had been eliminated previously and ridership remains low. It was proposed to modify the southern end point from the Apache/101 park-and-ride to the Tempe Transportation Center. It is hoped that the change will generate additional ridership. If ridership does not improve, it is likely that the route may be proposed for elimination in the future.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement change as proposed

Route 512: This route was proposed to use the Loop 101 Pima Freeway, rather than SR 51. It would begin in Fountain Hills as it currently does, then turn south on Loop 101. It would make a stop at Scottsdale Community College which could be used by existing Route 510 passengers as a park-and-ride. The route would exit the Loop 101 at McDowell and head west stopping at each point where a transfer with a local route exists. Existing Route 510 passengers could use local routes to connect to complete their trips.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement as proposed and change route number to 514.

Route 520: This route was proposed to begin at the Tempe Library at Rural and Southern. Existing riders would access the route by driving and parking at the Library. The route would enter US 60 at Rural Road. Additionally, two round-trips would be eliminated.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement routing change as proposed but maintain the number of round trips at four.

Route 521: This route was proposed to use two park-and-rides, one at the Tempe Sports Complex at Hardy and Carver, and one at Kiwanis Park at Guadalupe and All America Way. Two trips would begin at the Sports Complex, then stop at Kiwanis Park before entering US 60 at Mill Ave. Two trips would begin at Kiwanis Park, for a total of four round trips. This is a reduction of two and a half round-trips.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement route from Kiwanis Park only with six round trips per day.

Route 531: This route was recently modified to serve the West Mesa park-and-ride. No additional routing changes are proposed, but one and a half round trips were proposed to be eliminated.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement change as proposed.

Route 532: This route has significant local circulation. It was proposed to be eliminated. Current passengers can use the new Gilbert Road park and ride to access Route 535.
RECOMMENDATION: Eliminate route as proposed.

Route 533: This route has some local circulation prior to stopping at the Superstition Springs park-and-ride. It was proposed that the local circulation be eliminated and the route begin at the Superstition Springs park-and-ride.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement change as proposed and add one round trip.

Route 535: This route is currently park-and-ride based, beginning at the Power Road park-and-ride, using Loop 202 to the Gilbert Road park-and-ride. No routing changes are proposed.
RECOMMENDATION: Add one round trip to accommodate riders from Route 532.

Route 540: This route has significant local circulation. It was proposed to be eliminated. Current passengers would access proposed Route 521 at the Tempe Sports Complex, or Route 542 through its proposed modification.
RECOMMENDATION: Eliminate existing Route 540 and implement new Route 522 to begin at Tempe Sports Complex park and ride, entering I-10 at Elliot Rd with four round trips.

Route 541: This route has significant local circulation. There are no permanent park-and-ride locations along the route. For that reason, it was proposed to keep the local circulation but to limit the stops to half-mile or mile intervals. Additionally, it was proposed to deviate this route at Baseline Road east to the West Mesa park-and-ride. This would provide additional trip options for passengers who are able to access that park-and-ride.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement changes as proposed.

Route 542: This route was proposed to exit I-10 at Warner Road and access a temporary park-and-ride in the area to serve current Route 540 passengers. It was proposed that only 3 of the 5 existing trips would make this deviation.
RECOMMENDATION: No changes to the route.

Route 560: This route has significant local circulation. It was proposed to be eliminated. Current passengers could access Route 562 at the Goodyear park-and-ride or I-10 West RAPID at the 79th Avenue park-and-ride.
RECOMMENDATION: Eliminate route as proposed.

Route 562: This route is park-and-ride based. No modifications are proposed.
RECOMMENDATION: Add one round trip to accommodate riders from Route 560 and to alleviate existing over-crowding.

Route 563: This route is park-and-ride based. No modifications are proposed.
RECOMMENDATION: No changes to route.

Route 571: This route is park-and-ride based, with one additional exception stop entering using Grand Avenue. It was proposed that the route be modified to travel south an additional mile to Thunderbird Road and make two exception stops in El Mirage that are currently being served by GAL.
RECOMMENDATION: Implement changes as proposed.

Route 573: This route is park-and-ride based. No modifications are currently proposed, however Glendale is developing a permanent park-and-ride in the Bell Rd/Loop 101 area and this route may be recommended for modification in the future.
RECOMMENDATION: No changes to route.

Route 575: This route is park-and-ride based. No modifications are currently proposed, however Glendale is developing a permanent park-and-ride in the Bell Rd/Loop 101 area and this route may be recommended for modification in the future.
RECOMMENDATION: No changes to route.

Route 581: This route has significant local circulation. It was proposed to be eliminated. Current passengers could access the transit system at Metrocenter.
RECOMMENDATION: Eliminate route as proposed.

 


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