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Local Bus

Think No One Rides the Bus? Think Again and Plan for your Bus Ride.
Information from the Phoenix Public Transit Department

Now that you are planning to take the bus, you may think it will be easy because "no one rides the bus" or that the transit system is full of "empty buses" and you'll just be able to "hop on." If you were a passenger on a heavily-traveled bus route during rush hour, you'd wonder why anyone thought that way.  The Valley's public transit system has rush hours and low times just like streets and freeways.  Knowing when that is and which routes have the most passengers can help you choose the best trip for yourself.

Time of day and location impacts ridership.  Public transportation rush hours are generally 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.  City buses are popular for high school students to get to school; their use impacts ridership during the morning rush hour and again from 1 to 3 p.m.

Routes with the highest ridership are usually along the same streets that carry a lot of traffic.  They can be found in areas high residential density.  The list below ranks Phoenix's top 10 routes that carry anywhere 5,000 or more boardings on a weekday:

Rt. 29-Thomas Rd.

Rt. 41-Indian School Rd.

Rt.19-19th Ave.

Rt. 70-Glendale/24th St.

Rt.17-McDowell Rd.

Rt. 35-35th Ave.

Rt. 50-Camelback Rd.

Rt. 3-Van Buren St.

Rt. 0-Central Ave.

Rt. 7-7th St.

We hope this information helps you plan while you're determining the best route and time to reach your destination.  To find out about bus routes and schedules, call a Valley Metro customer representative at (602) 253-5000; for persons with text telephones (602) 261-8208.  Visit​ to plan your bus trip on-line.  The Transit Book is available on buses; at transit centers and park-and-rides; and city offices and libraries; an electronic version is available online.



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