Sun Tran is beginning new, weekday, rush-hour bus service from Oro Valley to downtown Tucson, and to the Aero Park region and major employer Raytheon, on Monday, Feb. 16, according to a Regional Transportation Authority release.
Buses would leave a park and ride facility now under construction on Rancho Vistoso Boulevard six times on weekday mornings. Stops are being established at a park-and-ride lot on the southeast corner of Lambert at Riverfront Park, and at Magee and La Cañada.
Three express buses would terminate at Raytheon facilities; three stop in downtown Tucson. Six buses return north in the evenings. Express routes traveling into downtown enable passengers to transfer to other locations, such as the University of Arizona, a release said.
The Rancho Vistoso park-and-ride lot, constructed with RTA funds, is due to be finished this spring. The town bought the land using $706,000 in RTA funds.
A park-and-ride lot is also being established on the southeast corner of Lambert Lane at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. Express bus service is also being started from Rita Ranch.
“We’ve received many requests from Oro Valley and Rita Ranch residents to provide bus service,” said Katrina Heineking, Sun Tran’s general manager. “All of us at Sun Tran are excited to help the RTA launch the services as promised.”
These new routes, as well as all other Sun Tran express routes, are going to utilize new, RTA-funded buses with features for improved comfort, such as high-back cushioned seats, arm and foot rests, and heat-rejection glass to keep the buses cooler, the release said.
“It’s important to get people out of their cars and onto public transit,” said Heineking. “These new bus features will encourage people who have a choice about how they get to work, to hop on Sun Tran and enjoy a comfortable stress-free ride.”
This transit enhancement is being managed by the city of Tucson in partnership with the RTA, the town of Oro Valley and Sun Tran. RTA is the fiscal manager of the $2.1 billion plan approved by Pima County voters on May 16, 2006. The RTA Board is comprised of representatives from the local jurisdictions in Pima County, including the cities of Tucson and South Tucson, Pima County, the towns of Marana, Oro Valley and Sahuarita, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tohono O’odham Nation. A representative of the Arizona State Transportation Board also serves on the board.
For more details or trip planning assistance on these new express routes, passengers can visit www.suntran.com, or call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at 792-9222 (for individuals with TDD equipment, call 628-1565). More information is also available in the Sun Tran Ride Guide, available Feb. 2 on buses and at Sun Tran’s administrative office, located at 4220 S. Park Ave. Distribution to more than 500 locations, such as public libraries, major malls, transit centers, pass sales and information outlets throughout Tucson, begins the same day.
For more information about the RTA plan, visit www.RTAmobility.com or call 770-9410.