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The City of Mesa and Valley Metro marked a new milestone on Oct. 22 with the launch of the East Mesa Circulator Pilot Program Bus Route 277, which will provide bus service to East Mesa businesses and neighborhoods. The route will be part of a pilot program that will run until April 20, 2013.
“Our East Mesa residents have been asking for bus service in their area for a long time,” Vice Mayor and Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) Board Vice Chair Scott Somers said. “I am excited that we are able to provide them with that service in the form of this pilot program. While many cities and towns are slashing transit routes, we are able to invest locally and enhance our service offerings to reach a wider range of riders.”
The new route originates at the Superstition Springs Transit Center and runs counterclockwise on Power Road all the way to Signal Butte Road, using Baseline Road, Southern Avenue and Broadway Road. The route will serve a significant amount of commercial, medical, employment and entertainment centers, as well as the Mesa Express Library and a high density of low income, senior and family homes.
“The success of this pilot program depends on good ridership,” District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins said. “We are excited about reaching out to residents and businesses in the area to promote this new transportation option.”
Service will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The route will have 30-minute frequency on weekdays and 60-minute frequency on Saturdays. The pilot program is being funded by Local Transportation Assistance Funds II and operated by Valley Metro.
“Developing transit ridership in a new area is critical to advancing a total transit network in our region,” Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta said. “We appreciate the leadership in Mesa for their collaboration to add new bus and rail service in the East Valley.”
The City’s Transit Services Department will be tracking the success of the pilot program throughout the six month trial with on-board surveys. For more information on the East Mesa Circulator Pilot Program, visit ValleyMetro.org or call (602) 253-5000.
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