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Transit Service Changes

Valley Metro service changes occur as a way to develop an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. The following tabs contain an overview of the current service changes being implemented on Oct. 27, 2014 and proposed service changes for April 27, 2015.

October 27, 2014 Service Changes Overview


Local Routes

Route 1 –
Washington/Jefferson*
Extend east end of route from PHX Sky Train Station to Priest Dr. and Washington St. Modify weekday frequency from 45 to 30 minutes and eliminate route west of Central Station to 27th Ave.
Route 3 – Van Buren* Modify weekday peak service in core area between 35th Ave. and 32nd St. from 15 to 10 minutes and modify weekday service outside of core area from 15 to 30 minutes. Eliminate Priest Dr./Washington St. and Lincoln St. segments.
Route 10 – Roosevelt/
Lower Buckeye*
Eliminate Route 10 west of Central Station and modify Saturday and Sunday frequency from 60 to 30 minutes. Replace service on Lower Buckeye Rd. with new Route 28.
Route 15 –
15th Avenue*
Eliminate east end of route from 15th Ave. to Central Station and extend route south on 15th Ave. to Pima St.
Route 17– McDowell* In Phoenix, modify weekday peak service in core area between 43rd Ave. and 44th St. from 15 to 10 minutes. Modify weekday service outside of core area from 15 to 20 minutes and eliminate Desert Sky Mall loop (replaced with routes 75 and 83). In Scottsdale, modify weekday service frequency from 30 to 20 minutes. Extend route on weekdays, Saturday and Sunday at new frequency east on McDowell Rd. to Pima Rd. In Avondale/Goodyear, modify weekday service during peak hours from 30 to 20 minutes and modify off-peak frequency from 30 to 40 minutes.
Route 28 –
Lower Buckeye*
New route to serve Lower Buckeye Rd. between 22nd Ave. and 75th Ave. with 30 minute weekday and 60 minute Saturday and Sunday frequency.
Route 29 – Thomas* In Phoenix, modify weekday peak frequency between 51st Ave. and 44th St. from 10 to 8 minutes. Modify weekday peak frequency west of 51st Ave. to Desert Sky Mall from 10 to 16 minutes. In Scottsdale, modify weekday peak frequency from 30 to 16 minutes and off-peak frequency from 30 to 20 minutes.

Route 35 –
35th Avenue*
In Phoenix, modify weekday peak frequency in core area between Lower Buckeye Rd. and Metrocenter Transit Center from 20 to 15 minutes. Modify weekday service outside of core area from 20 to 30 minutes.
Route 41 –
Indian School*
In Phoenix, modify weekday peak frequency between 59th Ave. and 32nd St. from 15 to 10 minutes and modify weekday off-peak frequency from 15 to 20 minutes. Modify weekday frequency outside of the core area from 15 to 20 minutes and eliminate Desert Sky Mall loop (to be replaced with routes 75 and 83). In Scottsdale, modify weekday frequency from 15 to 20 minutes.
Route 48 –
48th Street/Rio Salado
Eliminate route diversion to Arizona Mills Mall and terminate route at Priest Dr. and Baseline Rd.
Route 56 – Priest In Tempe, eliminate route diversion to Arizona Mills Mall. Route would continue to operate northbound and southbound on Priest Dr. In Phoenix and Scottsdale, extend route north from the Desert Botanical Garden to SkySong at Scottsdale Rd. and McDowell Rd.
Route 60 –
Bethany Home*
In Phoenix, modify Saturday and Sunday frequency from 60 to 30 minutes and adjust weekday schedules.
Route 70 –
Glendale/24th St*
In Glendale, add four morning and seven afternoon westbound trips from 43rd Ave. to the Glendale Park-and-Ride.
Route 75 –
75th Avenue*
In Phoenix, new route from 75th Ave. and Lower Buckeye Rd. to 75th Ave. and Camelback Rd., serving Desert Sky Mall via Thomas Rd. with 30 minute weekday, 60 minute Saturday and Sunday frequency.
Route 77 – Baseline In Tempe, eliminate route diversion to Arizona Mills Mall. Route would continue to operate eastbound and westbound on Baseline Rd.
Route 80 – Northern* In Phoenix, modify Saturday and Sunday frequency from 60 to 30 minutes. In Scottsdale, modify weekday, Saturday and Sunday frequency from 60 to 30 minutes.
Route 81 –
Hayden/McClintock
In Tempe, modify Saturday and Sunday frequency from 60 to 30 minutes from ASU Research Park to Tempe Marketplace.
Route 83 –
83rd Avenue*
In Phoenix, new route from 83rd Ave. and Van Buren St. to
83rd Ave. and Camelback Rd., serving Desert Sky Mall via Thomas Rd. with 30 minute frequency on weekdays and 60 minute frequency on Saturday and Sunday.
Route 96 – Dobson In Chandler, add service to Price Rd. by deviating west on Germann, south on Price Rd., east on Queen Creek Rd. and south on Dobson Rd., joining the existing Route 96 alignment. Adjust schedule to better align with employment needs on the Price Rd. corridor. Select trips will serve Intel.
Route 106 – Peoria/Cactus* In Phoenix, terminate east end of route at Sunnyslope Transit Center. Eliminated portion from Sunnyslope Transit Center to Paradise Valley Mall Transit Center will be covered by Route 90 on Cave Creek Rd. and Route 138 on Cactus Rd.
Route 138 –
Thunderbird*
In Glendale, Peoria and Sun City, extend route west on Thunderbird to 105th Ave. and Santa Fe Dr. (Route 106 terminus) providing 30 minute weekday and 60 minute Saturday and Sunday frequency. In Phoenix, revise east end of route at 32nd St. and Cactus Rd. to continue east on Cactus Rd., north on Tatum Blvd. to Paradise Valley Mall Transit Center, north on Tatum Blvd. and west on Thunderbird Rd. to 32nd St. Modify Saturday and Sunday frequency from 60 to 30 minutes.


Express/RAPID Routes

Route 511 –
Tempe/Scottsdale Airpark Express
Eliminate route.
Route 562 –
Goodyear Express
Modify service to provide dedicated service to Goodyear
Park-and-Ride. Modification done in conjunction with service addition to Route 563.
Route 563 –
Buckeye Express
Modify service to provide dedicated service to Buckeye and new Avondale Park-and-Ride. Route to be renamed Avondale/Buckeye Express.


Schedule adjustments only

Check the following routes for schedule changes:
Route 7 - 7th Street
Route 13 - Buckeye
Route 16 - 16th Street
Route 19 - 19th Avenue
Route 27 - 27th Avenue
Route 40 - Apache/Main St
Route 44 - 44th St/Tatum
Route 45 - Broadway
Route 50 - Camelback
Route 72 - Scottsdale/Rural
Route 90 - Dunlap/Cave Creek
Route 184 - Power Rd
Route 541 - Chandler Express
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April 27, 2015 Proposed Service Changes


Public input is requested on the following proposed service changes* and enhancements scheduled to take effect on April 27, 2015.

  • Extend route: Routes 17, 77
  • Add trips: Route 685
  • New route: Camelback Road Trolley, Central South Mountain East RAPID
  • Adjust frequency: Routes 7, 13, 50, Miller Road Trolley
  • Modify route: Routes 7, 13, 50, 81, 96, 108, FLASH Forward/Back
  • Eliminate route: FLASH McAllister

Provide feedback Nov. 3 – Dec. 5, 2014. Greater detail and an online comment card will be available during that time. Comments can also be emailed to input@valleymetro.org or mailed to:

Valley Metro Community Relations
101 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 1300
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Public hearing:
December 2, 2014
Open House: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Hearing: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Valley Metro Boardroom
101 N. 1st Ave., 10th Floor, Phoenix

For disability accommodations and alternative formats, call (602) 262-7433 or email sadames@valleymetro.org.

*Service changes are proposed at this time and will be finalized following the public comment period.