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Later bus routes in the Valley to get scaled back

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Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2005 3:31 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A dozen late-night bus routes have been targeted to shut down earlier, affecting some that go to and from the East Valley.

The changes take place July 25 and will affect about 300 boardings a day out of 121,000 day boardings, transit officials said.

The cuts are expected to save Phoenix about $500,000. Officials originally targeted 16 routes that would save $667,000 a year.

Phoenix started late-night service in 2002, following a 2000 transit election. But a sluggish economy forced the city to make cuts in all departments that don’t involve public safety.

The cutbacks will eliminate the last one or two runs on some of the least-used routes.

In most cases, buses will not start their routes after 10:30 p.m.

"Don’t look at your watch and say, ‘10:30, no bus service,’ " said Marie Chapple Camacho, a Phoenix transit spokeswoman. "Trips don’t start after about 10:30."

Buses could take an hour or so to reach the end of the route, depending on its length.

For example, Route 41-Indian School will make its last eastbound trip from Desert Sky Mall at 10:04 p.m. It will end at 11:16 p.m. at the Loloma Station in Scottsdale. The last westbound trip will leave Loloma at 9:58 p.m. and reach Desert Sky Mall at 11:15 p.m.

Officials will post details on buses by Friday. Also, passengers can get new bus schedules Monday; or call (602) 253-5000 or visit

Affected routes

• Route 7 - Seventh Street

• Route 16 - 16th Street

• Route 17 - McDowell Road

• Route 19 - 19th Avenue

• Route 24 - 24th Street

• Route 35 - 35th Avenue

• Route 41 - Indian School Road

• Route 50 - Camelback Road

• Route 56 - Priest Drive

• Route 61 - Southern Avenue

• Route 106 - Peoria Avenue/Shea Boulevard

• Route 170 - Bell Road

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