City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2008
Go non-stop from Goodyear to downtown Phoenix
for less than $70 per month
GOODYEAR, AZ – Riding the new Valley Metro express bus from Goodyear to downtown is like getting eight days of free time and $500 of free money every year.
Join Goodyear Councilman Frank Cavalier and Vice Mayor Rob Antoniak for the inaugural express bus trip from Goodyear to downtown Phoenix, departing 6:20 p.m., Monday, July 28. Or just stop by and check out the new 40-foot, clean-running buses and pick up a free “How to Ride” brochure.
Monthly passes cost less than $70, and commuters ride free during the first week of operation. There are three morning and three afternoon trips each day. For time and schedule details, go to www.valleymetro.org or call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602.253-5000.
Riders park free at the temporary park-and-ride lot on Cornerstone Boulevard next to West Valley Hospital. (West of JC Penney and south of McDowell Road). No-cost parking is available thanks to a special arrangement with West Valley Hospital and the city of Goodyear.
“This land on the campus of West Valley Hospital is slated for future expansion to meet the growing needs of our community,” said Phil Gustafson, chief executive officer for West Valley Hospital, an affiliate of Abrazo Health Care. “While it is currently vacant, it made sense to offer the land to the city to be used as a park and ride to support West Valley commuters who want to decrease air pollution and save on gas expenses.”
Valley Metro Route 562 covers the 18-mile trip from Goodyear to downtown in about 50 minutes. At the end of a year, it’s like having an extra eight days of vacation.
“By taking the express bus into town drivers save time, money and the environment,” said Goodyear City Manager John Fischbach. "When you crunch the numbers, it really pays to ride the bus. In the course of a year, a commuter would drive 2,200 fewer miles and could save $500 a year.”
The one-way trip takes about 50 minutes. That’s 8.3 hours of “free time” per week to read or relax. By the end of one year, express bus riders can score the equivalent of eight full days of free time.
The brand new buses were built by New Flyer in Winnipeg and assembled in Minnesota. They run on Compressed Natural Gas, which costs less than diesel. The air conditioning system is built to handle hot desert climates, and runs on a refrigerant that does not harm upper atmosphere ozone. On-board GPS systems monitor driver and vehicle activity.
The new express route connecting Goodyear with downtown Phoenix costs about $470,000 annually to operate, and is funded by Proposition 400, passed by voters in 2004.
By the numbers
1.6 hours per day (50 minutes each way x 2)
8.3 hours per week
36 hours per month
433 hours per year
Save miles and money
37.3 miles, round trip
186.5 miles per week
2,238 miles per year
Gas - $4 per gallon
Mileage -16 mpg
Annual savings - $559.50