Scottsdale trolley, bus routes changes set for Oct. 22

Bus riders use the public transportation option in Scottsdale. (submitted photo)

A series of transit changes will go into effect Oct. 22 affecting trolley service and Valley Metro bus 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, according to a press release.

“All trolley routes will have 20-minute frequency except the Old Town Trolley, which will now have 15-minute frequency.

Consistent frequency is less complicated for riders as they don’t need to look up individual trolley route schedules, the press release stated.

Multiple changes have been made to the Old Town Trolley (formerly the Downtown Trolley). New routing includes fewer turns and will improve route efficiency.

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

The Downtown Trolley Route has been renamed the Old Town Trolley Route(file image)

Transit changes

Camelback, Neighborhood and Miller trolley routes will be consolidated into one continuous route. Consolidating the routes will eliminate redundancy and expand trolley service to a larger area.

The Miller Route 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.

The 68th Street Route will 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.

The trolleys will not enter SkySong 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.

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. McDowell Road will continue to be served by Bus Route 17.

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.

Maps of new trolley routes

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