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PHOENIX, AZ – Route 685, the rural route that serves as a lifeline for travelers from Ajo to Gila Bend into Buckeye and Phoenix, will now serve two new popular destinations. Beginning Monday, January 27, riders can travel to the Buckeye Walmart and the White Tanks Justice Court.
“Our residents and commuters expect access, service and convenience in their transportation options,” commented Maricopa County Supervisor and Valley Metro Board member, Mary Rose Wilcox. “These additional stops on bus Route 685 will bring service to the farthest regions of the county and West Valley. The new routing is a great improvement for commuters doing official business at the White Tank Justice Court and doing their shopping.”
Route 685 began service in 2005 and is Valley Metro’s longest route operating primarily along State Highway 85.
The city of Buckeye will also see great benefit to Rural Route 685. Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Board member Eric Orsborn says, “being able to provide this route modification will connect more residents to city services and destinations. Route 685 now opens public transit into our main corridor connector which will attract more businesses into Buckeye.”
The route provides five weekday and two Saturday round trips. The Valley Metro Rural Route is a partnership between the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County Human Services Department, Pima County Transportation Department and Valley Metro.
The newest edition of the Valley Metro Transit Book is now available online, at transit centers and local city offices Valley wide. The theme is Focusing on YOU and for the first time ever, is featuring several rider stories, crossword puzzles and games for riders to enjoy during travel. Service changes occur twice a year as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. For more information, visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges. The next transit book will be released in October 2014.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.