Transportation Commission will recommend proposed transit changes

The Transportation Commission voted 4-2 on June 21 to recommend a series of transit changes. Changes will go into effect this October if approved by Valley Metro.

Below is the original news article that includes details on the changes approved June 21:

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June 13, 2018

The Transportation Commission will consider a revised transit proposal at its regular meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard. The commission will vote on the new proposed changes. If approved, changes would take place in October.

Under the new proposal, trolley service would still be expanded to Mustang Transit Center and the Via Linda Senior Center. Unlike earlier plans, the Miller Road and 68th Street routes would be one continuous route, eliminating the need to transfer from one trolley to another.

The new proposal retains Valley Metro Express Route 514, which provides express service between Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix. Valley Metro, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills examine the route over the next eight months for improvements that could be implemented in October 2019.

The Scottsdale Transportation Department and Valley Metro provided opportunities for public input on routes throughout May. The organizations hosted information sessions online and at Scottsdale senior centers, the Mustang Transit Center, the Scottsdale Community College bus and trolley stop, Paiute Community Center and other locations. Citizens also provided comments through an online submission form and by calling the Scottsdale Transportation Department. The proposed route changes were modified based on public suggestions. 

The new proposal includes the following modifications from the changes proposed at the April 19 Transportation Commission meeting:

  • Consolidate Camelback, Neighborhood and Miller trolley routes into one continuous route. Consolidating the routes will eliminate redundancy and expand trolley service to a larger area. 
  • The Miller Route will now stay on Miller Road north of Chaparral Road to Jackrabbit Road. The route will continue on 78th Street then east on McDonald Drive on to north Hayden Road and then east on Mountain View Road, terminating at the Mustang Transit Center. 
  • The 68th Route will continue on Granite Reef Road north of Chaparral Road to Jackrabbit Road, then continue to 86th Street and back to Chaparral Road. This routing will enable continued trolley service to Mohave Middle School.
  • The trolleys will not enter SkySong or Granite Reef Senior Center but will instead stay on adjacent streets. This routing will reduce travel time and improve connectivity to Valley Metro Bus Route 17.
  • The Miller and 68th trolley routes will become one continuous route in each direction. Combining the routes into one will improve route efficiency and eliminate the need for riders to transfer between the routes.
  • 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, Scottsdale Ranch Park, HonorHealth Shea and the shopping center at Northsight Boulevard and Raintree Drive.
  • Bus Route 81 will stay on Pima Road north of Indian Bend Road and end at Mustang Transit Center. Service north of the Mustang Transit Center would be provided by the Cactus Trolley. 
  • Terminate Bus Route 80 at Mustang Transit Center. Service on Shea Boulevard between Hayden Road and the Mustang Transit Center would continue to be served by Bus Route 80, and the Cactus Trolley would provide service on Via Linda east of the Mustang Transit Center.
  • Valley Metro Express Route 514 will remain unchanged for the next year. Valley Metro will continue to study ridership and consider alternative routing options over the next eight months.

The following proposed route changes remain unchanged from the April 19 proposal:

  • 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. 
  • 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.  Trolley service on Miller Road would improve from 30-minute frequency.

Below are links to maps of the proposed changes and routes:

Proposed Continuous 68th Street/Miller Road Trolley Route 
Proposed Cactus Trolley Route 
Current Transit Routing 

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