June 30, 2013
If the East Valley should experience a strike by bus operators employed by First Transit under a contract with the Regional Public Transportation Authority, some of the service loss includes seven local and nine commuter bus routes serving Phoenix. The other 52 bus routes, local and commuter, serving Phoenix will continue service. Phoenix has posted a map, a list of the potentially impacted bus routes, and alternate routes and options in Phoenix at http://phoenix.gov/publictransit/index.html.
The potentially impacted Valley Metro routes travel from the East Valley into southern and central Phoenix, Ahwatukee, and along the Phoenix border with Scottsdale carrying about 6,800 Phoenix riders each day.
Valley Metro routes serving Phoenix
- Southern Phoenix: Rts. 30-University, 45-Broadway, 48-48 St/Rio Salado, and 77-Baseline.
- Ahwatukee: Rts. 56-Priest, Express Route 522
- Central Phoenix: Express Rts. 514, 520, 521, 522, 531, 533, 535, 541, and 542.
- Scottsdale border: Rt. 72-Scottsdale/Rural
Options for Travel
Phoenix city buses would still continue service on Valley Metro routes operated by the City of Phoenix and its contractors and may be able to provide an alternate way to a passenger’s destination.
Many of those possible alternates connect through a number of Phoenix transit centers: Ed Pastor Transit Center, Central and Broadway; Central Station Transit Center, Central and Van Buren; Paradise Valley Mall Transit Center (northside of mall); and Desert Ridge Marketplace, Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd. For people can ride partway to their destinations, those transit centers could double as pick-up and drop off points for people who can get a ride from family and friends or taxi.
Southern Phoenix bus routes may see the greatest impact with a possible loss on Broadway, Southern, and Baseline roads, passengers should check the north/south running routes because many of them travel also east/west for a short distance at the end of line.
Bus passengers are also urged to take caution as they wait for a bus in the summer heat. Phoenix urges them to practice Personal Cool (Manténgase Fresco) which emphasizes drinking plenty of water and carrying portable shade such as an umbrella during the wait and when walking to and from bus stops. More Personal Cool tips are available at http://phoenix.gov/publictransit/index.html under the Rider Information link.
Updated information on the progress of labor negotiations for East Valley bus service is available at http://www.valleymetro.org/ or by calling Customer Service at (602) 253-5000.
Marie Chapple 602-261-8254