Tucson’s Sun Tran transit service plans to launch rush-hour bus routes from Oro Valley to downtown and from Oro Valley to Raytheon near Tucson International Airport.

The transit service recently held an open house in Oro Valley to answer questions and gather public input concerning the bus routes.

About 40 people attended the event, according a Sun Tran spokesperson.

Sun Tran officials intend to begin serving Oro Valley in February 2009.

The express routes would likely make three stops each in Oro Valley en route to downtown and Raytheon.

One likely pick-up point is the planned park and ride Oro Valley officials have in store for Ranch Vistoso.

Both routes would run three morning and three evening services, Monday through Friday.

Sun Tran and Regional Transportation Authority officials surveyed nearly 800 people on the planned express routes before the meeting.

They plan to analyze the surveys to gauge support of the planned service and find additional pick-up points.

They plan to share the survey results with town officials in the coming weeks.

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