Beginning Monday, April 26, riders traveling from Phoenix to Scottsdale Community College will no longer need to transfer to the trolley to complete their trip. Bus route 50, which runs primarily along Camelback Road, will be extended to the college. The bus route currently ends near Scottsdale Fashion Square, and riders wishing to continue to the college must transfer between the bus and Scottsdale’s 68th/Camelback trolley.
The following additional transit route changes will also take effect Monday:
- The 68th/Camelback Trolley route will end immediately south of Camelback Road on Goldwater Boulevard.
- Bus route 50 will remain on Chaparral Road between Granite Reef Road and 86th Street rather than traveling up to Montebello Avenue.
- The Old Town Trolley remains indefinitely suspended.
New routes can be viewed on our updated transfer map.
In addition to providing a seamless regional route between Scottsdale Community College and Phoenix, the bus route includes increased hours of operation, weekend service and service on six additional holidays per year. Keeping the bus on Chaparral Road between Granite Reef Road and 86th Street will improve route efficiency and avoid having large buses on neighborhood streets.
Extending bus route 50 will also enable Scottsdale to take advantage of approximately $3.2 million in unused Proposition 400 regional transportation sales tax funding, which will cover the cost of extending the bus route for the next four years.
Shortening the 68th/Camelback trolley route will free up more than half a million dollars annually in Scottsdale’s Transportation 0.2% Sales Tax funding, which is also used for transportation-related capital improvement projects, paving projects, path and trail improvements, alley maintenance and other transportation and streets projects.
The Old Town Trolley was suspended along with other trolley routes in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scottsdale began a phased return to service in August but opted not to bring back the Old Town Trolley as ridership had been declining prior to the pandemic. Old Town Scottsdale can still be accessed via the 68th/Camelback Trolley with stops along Goldwater Boulevard between Indian School and Camelback roads and on Indian School Road between 68th Street and Goldwater Boulevard.
Buses on route 50 will run every 10 minutes during high-use times and up to every 30 minutes during low-use times. Visit www.ValleyMetro.org for more information on bus schedules and fares.
All trolley routes will continue to run every 20 minutes between approximately 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., weekdays only. To request a brochure with new routes and schedules, please call the Transportation & Streets Department at 480-312-7250 or email Jennifer Banks.
Federal law continues to require transit riders to wear face coverings on buses and trolleys and at transit stops. For more information on COVID-19 transit safety protocols, please see www.ScottsdaleTrolley.com and Valley Metro's COVID-19 information page.