Trolley and bus routes changing October 22

photo of Trolley in Mustang RoundaboutA series of transit changes will go into effect October 22 affecting trolley service and regional transit routes in Scottsdale. Changes include expanding free trolley service to Mustang Transit Center and the Via Linda Senior Center while reducing redundancy among current transit routes and eliminating route segments with low ridership.

Below are maps that show the new trolley routing, along with its impact on Valley Metrolinks to external sitebus routes, and a complete list of transit changes.

Maps of new trolley routes (updated Oct. 9)

68th Street/Camelback (68CM) with stops

Miller/Hayden (MLHD) with stops

Mustang (MSTG) with stops

Old Town (OLDT) with stops

Transit transfer map

Transit changes

  • Camelback, Neighborhood and Miller trolley routes will be consolidated into two routes. Consolidating the routes will eliminate redundancy and expand trolley service to a larger area. 
  • New trolley routing will stay on Miller Road north of Chaparral Road to Jackrabbit Road.  The route will continue on 78th Street to east on McDonald Drive to north on Hayden Road to east on Mountain View Road, terminating at the Mustang Transit Center.
  • New trolley routing will also continue on Granite Reef Road north of Chaparral Road to Valley View Road, then continue to 86th Street and back to Chaparral Road. This routing will enable continued trolley service to Mohave Middle School.
  • New trolley routing will not serve SkySong.  Trolley riders will still be able access SkySong by transferring to the regional transit system.
  • The Miller Road/Hayden Road (MLHD) and 68th Street/Camelback Road (68CM) trolley routes will operate as one continuous route in each direction. Connecting the two routes to create one continuous route will improve route efficiency and eliminate the need for riders to transfer between the routes.
  • Trolley service will be extended north to the Mustang Transit Center, and a new Mustang trolley route will be added. The new trolley service area will 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 will be provided by the Mustang Trolley. 
  • Bus Route 80 will end at Mustang Transit Center on 90th Street. The Mustang Trolley will provide service on Via Linda east of the Mustang Transit Center to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and Via Linda.
  • 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.
  • Bus Route 56 will end at the Desert Botanical Gardens. 
  • Bus Route 72 will return 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. 
  • All trolley routes will have 20-minute frequency except the Old Town Trolley (formerly the Downtown Trolley), which will have 15-minute frequency. Consistent frequency is less complicated for riders as they don’t need to look up individual trolley route schedules. 
  • Multiple changes have been made to the Old Town Trolley (formerly the Downtown Trolley). New routing includes fewer turns and will improve route efficiency.

 

 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jennifer Banks, transportation public information officer at jbanks@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-7517

For more information about Scottsdale's free trolley system, please visit ScottsdaleTrolley.com.

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