Transportation Commission weighs proposed transit changes

Trolley photo 2018

Scottsdale trolley service would be expanded to the Mustang Transit Center and Via Linda Senior Center under a proposal by the city’s Transportation Department.

After an initial discussion April 19, the Transportation Commission opted to hold-off making any recommendation to the City Council until after additional public outreach occurs over the summer. 

Funding for the expansion would require reducing redundancy among current transit routes or eliminating route segments with low ridership. The commission will vote whether to recommend proposed changes to the Scottsdale City Council. If approved, the proposed changes would take place in October. 

Proposed changes include:

  • Extend trolley service north to the Mustang Transit Center and add a new Cactus Trolley route. The new trolley service area would include Via Linda Senior Center, the Pavilions Shopping Center, Desert Mountain High School and the shopping center at Northsight Boulevard and Raintree Drive.
  • Consolidate Camelback, Neighborhood and Miller trolley routes into two routes. Consolidating the routes will eliminate redundancy and expand trolley service to a wider area. 
  • Terminate Bus Route 56 at the Desert Botanical Gardens. McDowell Road will continue to be served by Bus Route 17. 
  • Return Bus Route 72 to 20-minute frequency between Camelback Road and Tempe Transportation Center. Since frequency was improved to 10 minutes on Bus Route 72 in April 2016, ridership has gone down. Decreasing the frequency will allow resources to be devoted to improving transit service in other areas of the city. 
  • Eliminate or reroute the Route 514 Express Bus. Scottsdale is working with Valley Metro and neighboring jurisdictions to explore more economical and convenient route options to connect with downtown Phoenix during peak travel times.
  • Reroute Bus Route 81 to Hayden Road and terminate service on Pima Road. Bus Route 81 would remain on Hayden Road north of Indian Bend Road. Service would be added on Shea Boulevard between Hayden Road and 90th Street and on 90th Street between Shea Boulevard and the Mustang Transit Center. Service north of the intersection of Pima and Indian Bend roads would be replaced by expanded free trolley service. Transit service on Indian Bend Road between Hayden Road and Pima Road will be eliminated due to low ridership.
  • Terminate Bus Route 80 at Hayden Road. Service on Shea Boulevard between Hayden Road and the Mustang Transit Center would be served by Bus Route 81, and the Cactus Trolley would provide service on Via Linda east of the Mustang Transit Center to Desert Mountain High School.
  • Provide 20-minute frequency on all trolley routes except the Downtown Trolley Loop. Consistent frequency is less complicated for riders as they don’t need to look up individual trolley route schedules. Additionally, trolley service on Miller Road would improve from 30-minute frequency.

The following maps show current and proposed transit service:

Existing Scottsdale transit routes
Proposed Scottsdale transit routes
Comparison of existing and proposed Scottsdale transit routes
Proposed Scottsdale Cactus Trolley route 

Valley Metro and the City of Scottsdale will be providing additional opportunities for public input on proposed changes:

  • Tuesday, May 15, 6 – 7 a.m. and 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. 
    Scottsdale Community College 
    Bus (Lot F) and Trolley (Lot H) stopslinks to external site
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table at the bus stop with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods.  

  • Wednesday, May 16, 6 – 9:30 a.m. and 3 – 6:30 p.m.
    Museum of the West bus stop  
    Valley Metro will host a table at the bus stop with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods. 

  • Thursday, May 17, 7 - 9 a.m.
    Paiute Neighborhood Center bus stop
    6535 E. Osborn Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods.

  • Thursday, May 17, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
    One Civic Center atrium
    7447 E. Indian School Rd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods.
  • Monday, May 21, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Paiute Neighborhood Center bus stop
    6535 E. Osborn Rd
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods.

  • Tuesday, May 22, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Granite Reef Senior Center
    1700 N. Granite Reef Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85257
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods. 

  • Tuesday, May 22, 5 – 6:15 p.m. 
    Valley Metro
    101 North 1st Avenue
    Suite 1400
    Phoenix, AZ 85003
    Public Hearing on Proposed Transit Changes 2018

  • Wednesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Via Linda Senior Center 
    10440 E. Via Linda
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods. 

  • Wednesday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    One Civic Center atrium
    7447 E. Indian School Rd.
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Scottsdale Transportation will host a table with route maps, comment cards and large-scale maps on tripods.

Note: this release was edited April 20 to reflect the Transportation Commission's decision to hold off making any recommending on proposed changes and continue the public comment period.

Note: The list of opportunities for public input on the proposed changes was last updated May 21.

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