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Phoenix, AZ The neighborhood circulator bus that serves Avondale residents will be “zooming” into Tolleson beginning Monday, July 23. For the first time since the route began service one year ago, trips will be made on Saturday giving riders options for using neighborhood transit six days a week.
“Partnering with the City of Avondale on the first anniversary of the ZOOM circulator offers Tolleson residents half-hour service Monday through Friday with an abbreviated schedule on Saturday. This is the first time in our 100 year history that we will be able to provide connectivity to our residents, as well as to our Fortune 500 employers and our local businesses,” said Mayor Adolfo F. Gámez. “As a full service community to our 6,541 residents we are pleased to add this connectivity from Tolleson to the YMCA.”
ZOOM will expand travel between the areas of Gateway Pavillions, at 99th Avenue and McDowell Road, and Estrella Mountain Community College, near Thomas and Dysart roads. New stops on July 23 include the Southwest Valley YMCA, Tolleson City Hall and Tolleson Crossings.
To celebrate the service expansion, Avondale, Tolleson and Valley Metro will host a “Splash into Service” event on Monday, July 23, 8 a.m., at Tolleson City Hall. The celebration will include brief remarks by local officials, fun activities for younger residents and refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.
“The ZOOM circulator has become a familiar part of Avondale’s landscape,” said Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers. “This convenient service has made it easier for people to connect to places within the community, whether it’s for education, shopping, medical visits or recreation.” Mayor Lopez Rogers added that Avondale is pleased to have Saturday service with expansion into Tolleson, giving riders more options for travel.
With about 400 daily boardings in May 2012, ZOOM is experiencing a 62 percent increase in ridership since August 2011. The demand for service has prompted city officials to add Saturday trips that will run every 30 minutes from approximately 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Weekday service operates every 30 minutes from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
““With a steady increase in ridership over the past year, the ZOOM neighborhood circulator service is proving its value to the regional transit system,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “The collaboration with our West Valley partners to create a new transit market is adding to the quality of life we all experience.”
ZOOM is partially funded by the cities and residents of Avondale and Tolleson.
Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system.
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