Northwest Valley

Valley Metro and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) partnered in December 2018 to explore the transportation needs of the unincorporated communities of Sun City and Sun City West. The Northwest Valley Sun Cities Transportation Study will seek to understand the the demand for transit services in the Sun Cities area and identify both service concepts and funding strategies that meet the unique needs of the community.

 

The Northwest Valley Sun Cities Transit Implementation Study began in December 2018 and completed in February 2021. The study evaluated the transportation needs of the unincorporated communities of Sun City and Sun City West and produced service concepts and potential funding strategies. The map below notes current transit service around the study area.

Map of the Sun Cities area depicting transit service as of February 2021.

The first phase of the project documented the existing conditions of the study area. This included a review of previous studies conducted around the study area, a review of existing and planned transit service and a comprehensive survey administered to Sun Cities residents, using both virtual and in-person methods, to identify their priorities for transit in their area. 

Using the key findings from this effort, a series of transit service options and possible future funding strategies were identified. 

Sun City woman completing a paper survey as part of the Existing Conditions phase.

Using key findings from the first phase of the project, a series of transit options were developed for consideration from the public in January 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person outreach was postponed. The study pivoted to virtual methods later in the year and held a virtual public meeting to review the potential service concepts on Thursday, September 10, 2020. A recording was uploaded to this page. Feedback continued to be collected through September 25, 2020.

The final report summarizes the findings from the existing conditions analysis, identifies potential transit service concepts and cost estimates, and describes existing transit funding sources and potential funding solutions for the Northwest Valley Sun Cities. 

This report also includes a summary of the final feedback received from Northwest Valley Sun Cities residents on the information presented at the September 10, 2020 virtual public meeting. The survey asked for feedback on presented concepts and potential funding sources, such as a dedicated local transit/transportation fund in the Northwest Valley Sun Cities area.

Though the sample size was small, the results suggest a potential priority of transit improvements and a willingness to develop a local, sustainable funding source in the Northwest Valley Sun Cities.

Bus driving down a road in Surprise, Arizona

The Northwest Valley Sun Cities Transit Implementation Study began in December 2018 and completed in February 2021. The study evaluated the transportation needs of the unincorporated communities of Sun City and Sun City West and produced service concepts and potential funding strategies. The map below notes current transit service around the study area.

Map of the Sun Cities area depicting transit service as of February 2021.

The first phase of the project documented the existing conditions of the study area. This included a review of previous studies conducted around the study area, a review of existing and planned transit service and a comprehensive survey administered to Sun Cities residents, using both virtual and in-person methods, to identify their priorities for transit in their area. 

Using the key findings from this effort, a series of transit service options and possible future funding strategies were identified. 

Sun City woman completing a paper survey as part of the Existing Conditions phase.

Using key findings from the first phase of the project, a series of transit options were developed for consideration from the public in January 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person outreach was postponed. The study pivoted to virtual methods later in the year and held a virtual public meeting to review the potential service concepts on Thursday, September 10, 2020. A recording was uploaded to this page. Feedback continued to be collected through September 25, 2020.

The final report summarizes the findings from the existing conditions analysis, identifies potential transit service concepts and cost estimates, and describes existing transit funding sources and potential funding solutions for the Northwest Valley Sun Cities. 

This report also includes a summary of the final feedback received from Northwest Valley Sun Cities residents on the information presented at the September 10, 2020 virtual public meeting. The survey asked for feedback on presented concepts and potential funding sources, such as a dedicated local transit/transportation fund in the Northwest Valley Sun Cities area.

Though the sample size was small, the results suggest a potential priority of transit improvements and a willingness to develop a local, sustainable funding source in the Northwest Valley Sun Cities.

Bus driving down a road in Surprise, Arizona

Project Contact

Jessica L. Parks

Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 322-4436