Oct. 9, 2013
The Phoenix Public Transit Department’s 19th Avenue Connector bus service has skyrocketed into popularity with area residents traveling to work and to shop within Metro’s Northwest Light Rail Extension construction zone. Also known as Route 19C, the new bus route started in January 2013 and has seen more than half a million passenger boardings in its first six months of operation, making it the second highest used bus route in the Valley Metro system. On a daily average, it sees about 3,500 boardings.
The free temporary bus service was launched by the City of Phoenix to provide transit access to the businesses and residences along the 3-mile construction zone on 19th Avenue from Bethany Home to Dunlap and a connection to Metrocenter Mall. This bus service is available until construction is complete in 2016.
"The Northwest Light Rail Extension is a key part of our economic development plan for central and west Phoenix, and keeping our businesses healthy during construction is just as important," said Phoenix City Councilman Daniel T. Valenzuela. "The 19th Avenue Connector makes it easy to support our local businesses along the light rail line, to make sure this investment in our future is a win for everyone."
Route 19C is one part of the support system that the City of Phoenix provides for area businesses. The Northwest Extension Business Assistance Program, which offers private sector business consulting services and advertising and marketing help, has made its mark with local merchants. "A lot of my employees use the 19th Avenue Connector to get to work and they get here on time. My staff is appreciative of the service and we're all looking forward to the rail coming,” said Luis Fernando Granda of The Arizona Car Wash Company, located at the northeast corner of 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Mr. Granda is also a co-founder of a 19th Avenue business merchants association.
While light rail construction is affecting the three-mile stretch of 19th Avenue, the regular Route 19-19th Avenue has been diverted from that area. By detouring away from construction, passengers along the entire 27-mile route from Pinnacle Peak to Baseline Road are able to reach their destinations or make their transfers to other bus routes without disruption from the construction.
Additional Information: The Bethany to Dunlap (B2D) Merchants 19th Avenue will hold their next meeting on October 10, 2013, from 5:30 - 7 p.m., at the Thai Lotus restaurant, 7023 N. 19th Avenue.
Marie Chapple Camacho 602-261-8254
Nikki Hicks 602-261-8392