Peoria residents can now ride a free circulator bus that serves the northern part of the West Valley city. Peoria on the Go or “POGO” runs every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
POGO fills a transportation need.
“It connects residents to neighborhoods and local destinations,” said Cathy Colbath, Peoria City Transit Manager.
Colbath said the POGO circulator was kicked-off April 22 in an area of Peoria without public transportation. “A number of studies dating back to 2011 indicated this service would be a benefit,” Colbath said.
Peoria transit officials estimate POGO will serve about 18,000 residents with 16 percent being over the age of 65. Several riders have already told the city of Peoria they’re very happy POGO exists with some using the bus circulator for trips to the supermarket.
The POGO route starts at 84th Avenue and Mariners Way, close to the Peoria Sports Complex. The circulator route runs along 83rd Avenue, Happy Valley Road, Lake Pleasant Parkway, 91st Avenue and Bell Road.
The city of Peoria estimates there are 8,000 jobs within a quarter of a mile of the POGO stops. The bus line has also created access to parks, trailheads and community amenities.
According to Peoria officials, the route is designed to provide transit service to seniors, students, Peoria residents, as well as visitors to the city.
The POGO buses are wheelchair accessible and also feature bike racks.
In a Facebook post, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat said, “Improving transit is one of the best - and greenest - ways to connect our city.”
Funding of POGO is from Peoria’s dedicated transportation sales tax.