Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area


Project Details

Region:Southeast Valley
Type:Extensions/New Service


Sonya Pastor La Sota
Community Outreach Coordinator

Southeast Valley Transit System Study

Southeast Valley Transit System Study


The Maricopa Association of Governments and Valley Metro jointly conducted a study of the transit system in the Southeast Valley which included Apache Junction, Chandler, Florence, the Gila River Indian Community, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Maricopa, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe and the surrounding portions of Maricopa and Pinal Counties. The primary purpose of this study is to identify short, mid and long-term recommendations that will advance the transit system throughout the study area. The study is now complete.


The Southeast Valley Transit System Study (SEVTSS) analyzed transit services and ridership demand in transit-established and transit-aspiring communities within the southeast subarea of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) region.
The study area encompassed the full extents of the City of Tempe, City of Mesa, Town of Guadalupe, City of Chandler, Town of Gilbert, City of Apache Junction, Town of Queen Creek, City of Maricopa, and Town of Florence as well as parts of the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, Pinal County and the Gila River Indian Community. This study was a joint effort between MAG and Valley Metro. Through a process that was both data-driven and collaborative, this study resulted in the identification of recommendations for optimizing the existing transit system, and mid-term and long-term improvements to enhance a performance-based transit system throughout the Southeast Valley. The development of study recommendations were based on:

  • A Transit Optimization Analysis, which provided a data-driven analysis of how to optimize the use of resources in the existing transit system.
  • A Needs Assessment, which provided analysis of longer-term transportation needs based on projected demographics and land use.
  • Input from a Project Advisory Committee (PAC), which included representatives of all the jurisdictions within the study area.
  • Public input, primarily through an online survey conducted in 2014.