Sun Tran

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Not to be confused with ABQ RIDE, formerly known as SunTran.
Sun Tran logo 2009.svg
Founded 1969
Headquarters 3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd
Locale Tucson, AZ
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 40 (27 fixed & 13 express)
Fleet 253 buses
Annual ridership 20,352,101 (FY 2013)[1]
Fuel type Biodiesel, Biodiesel-Urea, CNG
Operator Professional Transit Management/Veolia Transportation, Inc.
Website suntran.com

Sun Tran is the public transit system serving the city of Tucson, Arizona. Sun Tran traces its history to 1905, when the Tucson Rapid Transit Company assumed operations of the horse-drawn streetcar system in town, converting it to electric streetcars. By the 1930s, the streetcar lines were converted to buses. The City of Tucson acquired Tucson Rapid Transit in 1969. The system was renamed Sun Tran in 1975. A separate company, Old Pueblo Transit, which served primarily Tucson's South Side, was acquired from Emery C. Johnson by the city of Tucson in 1978 and its operations folded into Sun Tran. Sun Tran services about 20 million passenger trips annually to destinations in and around Tucson. A 100 percent of the fleet utilizes clean-burning fuels, such as Compressed Natural Gas, Biodiesel, and hybrid technologies.[2]

Awards[edit]

Sun Tran won the America's Best Transit System award for 1988 and 2005 from the American Public Transportation Association in the category of 4 to 30 million annual passenger trips. Also, Sun Tran was awarded as the Arizona's Best Transit System for 2004 and 2012.

Fares[edit]

The basic fare is $1.50. Reduced fare for low-income, persons with disabilities, seniors 65 years and older, and Medicare cardholders is $0.50 (with a valid SunGO ID & card). The express buses fare is $2.00. You can pay your fare with a SunGo card, which utilizes smart card technology, and can be loaded with cash value, or passes. Day passes, and 30-day tickets are available. The University of Arizona provides discounted passes for eligible students, faculty and staff through the UA's Parking and Transportation Services. [3]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Sun Tran has an active fleet of 253 buses.

Builder Model Year Length Engine/
Transmission
Fuel Number(s) Quantity Notes
Nova Bus 40102CNG "RTS-WFD" 2000 40' CNG 2001-2045 45 These buses originally featured Luminator LEDot front signs, but they were replaced with Luminator Horizon signs in 2005.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2005 40'
  • Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR 8.5L
B5 Biodiesel 2501-2538 38 These buses were the first low-floor buses in the Sun Tran fleet, excluding the 1994 Orion II buses. They were also the first biodiesel-powered buses in the fleet. The buses have all forward-facing seating with the exception of seats in the low-floor section of the bus on the passenger side. Buses 2537 and 2538 have the same seating configuration as the Gillig 2006 buses.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2006 40' B5 Biodiesel 2601-2612 12 These buses have a different seating configuration compared to the 2005 Gillig buses, as seats are all arranged lengthwise (except for the last row of seats). This was done to reduce vandalism that has been caused to bus windows and the interior.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2007 40'
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-IV
B5 Biodiesel 2701-2718 18 These buses are similar to the 2006 Gillig buses but have only one wheelchair ramp (at the front), and 8 forwards facing seats (in addition to the last row of seats) in the rear section. These buses also have a different exhaust pipe and air conditioning unit than the other Gillig buses.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2008 40'
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-IV
B5 Biodiesel 2801-2811 11 Similar to the Gillig 2007 buses, except for the upper windows.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor BRT

2008-09 40' B5 Biodiesel 2901-2946 46 These buses, labeled "Sun Express", are used on express routes 101X-312X, and occasionally as shuttles for special events. Features include low floor, head rests, reclining seats, and heat resistant windows.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2009 40'
  • Cummins ISL 8.9L
    • Allison B400R5 Gen-IV
B5 Biodiesel 2947-2950, 3001-3010 14 The 29XX buses (known as transition buses) are Low Floor, not BRT, and feature head rests and reclining seats. The rest (3001-3010) are regular Low Floor buses.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2009 40'
  • Cummins ISB6.7
    • Allison EP40 Gen-IV Hybrid System
B5 Biodiesel-Electric Hybrid 3000 1 First hybrid bus introduced in 2010. It featured a promotional livery until 2014 when it was painted with the same livery as the other regular buses. This bus is run on route 5, which runs between the intersection of Sabino Canyon and Tanque Verde roads and the Pima Community College West Campus.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2011 40'
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-IV
B5 Biodiesel-Urea 3011, 3101-3119 20 These buses run with a blend of Biodiesel-5% Urea.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2012 40'
  • Cummins ISL9
    • Allison B400R6 Gen-V
B5 Biodiesel-Urea 3120-3156 37 Similar to Gillig 2011 buses.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2012 40'
  • Cummins ISB6.7
    • Allison H 40 EP Gen-V Hybrid System
B5 Biodiesel-Electric Hybrid 4001-4010 10 New hybrid buses placed in service at the end of December 2012.
Gillig G20D102N4

Low Floor

2014 40'
  • Cummins ISL G280
    • Allison B400R Transmission
CNG 3201-3224 24 The majority of the buses will go into service by the end of August with an additional five buses arriving in December. These new buses will eventually replace the 14-years-old Nova buses.[4]

Retired Fleet[edit]

Note that this is by no means a complete listing of retired vehicles that have operated for Sun Tran and/or its predecessors.

Builder Model Year Length Fuel Number(s) Quantity Notes
Yellow Coach Model 733 1937 30' Gasoline 14-15 2 These buses were withdrawn after World War II. The engine was located in the front and they sat 21 passengers.
Yellow Coach Model 733 1938 30' Gasoline 16-17 2 These buses were identical to the 1937 Model 733 buses.
Yellow Coach Model 1204 1939 30' Gasoline 18-22 5 These buses had a rear engine and sat 24 passengers.
Yellow Coach Model 1204 1940 30' Gasoline 23-26 4 These buses were identical to the 1939 Model 1204s.
Ford Model 69B 1941 30' Gasoline 27-31 5 These buses were built for World War II.
Ford Model 69B 1942 30' Gasoline 32-36 5 These buses were built for World War II.
Ford Model 69B 1943 30' Gasoline 37-41 5 These buses were built for World War II.
Ford Model 69B 1944 30' Gasoline 42-46 5 These buses were built for World War II.
Ford Model 69B 1945 30' Gasoline 47-49 3 These buses were built for World War II.
Ford Model 69B 1946 30' Gasoline 50-55 6 These buses were withdrawn from service in 1955.
Twin Coach 41-S "Art Deco" 1946 35' Gasoline 101-106 6 These buses were some of the earliest to operate in Tucson. All were withdrawn in 1968.
Twin Coach 41-S "Art Deco" 1947 35' Gasoline 107-112 6 These buses were identical to the 1946 Twin Coach buses.
Twin Coach 34-S "Art Deco" 1948 30' Gasoline 113-115 3 These buses were withdrawn in the late-1960s. Some were converted to school buses before that.
GMC TDH-4509 "Old Look" 1951 35' Diesel 201-206 6 These buses were retrofitted with A/C in the late-1950s. They were withdrawn from service in the 1970s.
GMC TGH-3101 "Old Look" 1951 30' Gasoline 121-126 6 These buses were operated by the Old Pueblo Transit Company, which was the transit agency for South Tucson.
GMC TDH-4509 "Old Look" 1952 35' Diesel 207-215 9 These buses were similar to the 1951 TDH-4509 buses. All were withdrawn in the 1970s.
GMC TGH-3101 "Old Look" 1952 30' Gasoline 127-129 3 These buses were operated by the Old Pueblo Transit Company and were withdrawn in the 1960s.
GMC TDH-4512 "Old Look" 1953 35' Diesel 216-218 3 These buses were retrofitted with A/C in the late-1950s.
GMC TGH-3102 "Old Look" 1953 30' Gasoline 130 1 This bus was operated by the Old Pueblo Transit Company.
GMC TDH-4512 "Old Look" 1957 35' Diesel 220-222 3 These buses were retrofitted with A/C in the late-1950s.
GMC TDH-4512 "Old Look" 1959 35' Diesel 223-225 3 These buses were retrofitted with A/C in the early-1960s.
GMC TGH-3102 "Old Look" 1959 30' Gasoline 131-133 3 These buses were operated by the Old Pueblo Transit Company and were withdrawn in the 1970s.
GMC TGH-3102 "Old Look" 1960 30' Gasoline 134-136 3 These buses were similar to the 1949 TGH-3102 buses but only had a single door. They were withdrawn from service in 1974.
GMC TDH-4517 "New Look" 1962 35' Diesel 228-231 4 These buses were the first in Tucson to be built with air conditioning, and were also the first GMC "New Look" buses in service. They were withdrawn from service in the early 1980s.
GMC TDH-3501 "Old Look" 1966 30' Diesel 140 1 Although this bus was built in 1966, it had the "Old Look" design. It was built for Old Pueblo Transit Company and withdrawn from service in the late-1970s.
GMC T6H-4523A "New Look" 1972 35' Diesel 7201-7211 11 These buses were the first to be ordered by the city of Tucson.
GMC T6H-4523A "New Look" 1973 35' Diesel 7312-7321 10 These buses were identical to the 1972 GMC New Looks.
Flxible 45096 "New Look" 1973 35' Diesel 7322-7331 10 These buses were the first Flxible buses to enter service in Tucson. They were withdrawn from service in the 1990s.
GMC T6H-4523A "New Look" 1974 35' Diesel 7402-7403 2 These buses were ordered by an operator in Texas but ended up in service in Tucson. They were renumbered from 1402-1403 and were withdrawn from service in the mid-1990s.
GMC T8H-5307A "New Look" 1974 40' Diesel 1474-1479, 1481, 1484, 1488 9 These buses were delivered new to Tucson but were actually built for various transit agencies across the United States who did not take up these buses. They were temporarily operated in Tucson from 1974-1978, when they were replaced with AM General buses. 1475-1478 were sold to Phoenix Transit System and were withdrawn in 1989, while the rest were sent to other operators. These were the first 40-foot-long (12 m) buses in Tucson.
Flxible 45096 "New Look" 1975 35' Diesel 7532-7563 32 These buses were the first to be built for Sun Tran (along with the 1975 AM General 9640-8 buses) and featured a different livery from the red and yellow that is featured on buses today. All of these buses were withdrawn in the mid-1990s.
AM General 9640-8 1975 40' Diesel 5501-5512 12 These buses were the first to be built for Sun Tran (along with the 1975 Flxible 45096 buses), and featured a different livery from the red and yellow that is featured on buses today. All of these buses were withdrawn in the mid-1990s.
Flxible 35096 "New Look" 1976 30' Diesel 7664-7684 21 These buses were built for Old Pueblo Transit, which served the city of South Tucson. Originally, these buses were numbered 5050-5070 but after OPT was taken over by Sun Tran in 1978, these buses were renumbered to 7664-7684. All of these buses were withdrawn in the mid-1990s.
AM General 10235B 1977 35' Diesel 7764-7775 12 These buses were all withdrawn by 1997.
AM General 10240B 1978 40' Diesel 5713-5724 12 These were the first buses painted in the red and yellow Sun Tran livery. All of these buses were withdrawn by 1997.
GMC T8J-204 "RTS-04" 1981 40' Diesel 8101-8119 19 These were Tucson's first RTS buses. They featured rollsigns and frameless windows. All were withdrawn from service in 2000.
GMC T8J-204 "RTS-04" 1986 40' Diesel 8601-8613 13 All of these buses were withdrawn from service in 2000.
GMC T8J-206 "RTS-06" 1986 40' Diesel 8614-8629 16 These buses were similar to the earlier 1986 GMC buses but were built as RTS-06 models rather than RTS-04 models. All were withdrawn from service in 2000.
Orion Bus Industries 02.501 1994 25' CNG 9470-9475 6 These buses were powered by CNG and were withdrawn in the early 2000s.
TMC T80-206 "RTS-06" 1989 40' Biodiesel 8930-8984 55 Only 8 buses of various numbers remained in the fleet until May 2008 were mostly used on express routes. Most of this type was retired in the fall of 2005 with the arrival of the 2005 Gilligs. These buses were formerly powered by diesel.
Neoplan USA AN440 1991 40' Biodiesel 9101-9125 25
Neoplan USA AN440 1993 40' Biodiesel 9326-9340 15 These buses were formerly dual-fueled and could run on diesel or CNG. They are identical to the 1991 Neoplan buses.
Neoplan USA AN440 1994 40' Biodiesel 9441-9469 29 These buses were formerly dual-fueled and could run on diesel or CNG. They have Luminator Mega:MAX flip-dot signs and a different A/C unit compared to the other Neoplan buses. The last ones in service were retired from the active fleet in 2012 with the arrival of the new 2012 Gilligs.
New Flyer C40HF 1996 40' CNG 9676-9694 19 These buses were the first purely CNG-powered buses in the Sun Tran fleet. They also were the first buses to feature automatic stop announcements and hard seats throughout the entire bus (rather than just in the rear). These were withdrawn in 2011 when the new Gillig 2011 buses arrived.
New Flyer C40HF 1997 40' CNG 9701-9725 25 These buses are similar to the 1996 New Flyer buses but feature grey interior flooring and sidewalls rather than the orange interior found on the 1996 buses. Retired in Fall 2012 with the arrival of the 2012 Gillig buses.

Current Routes[edit]

Sun Tran operates 27 regular routes and 13 express routes,[5] as well as 10 Sun Shuttle routes, a neighborhood transit service.[6] Most regular routes provide service from 6am to 11pm. A few routes provide service until midnight. Sun Tran does not provide overnight service.

Regular Routes[edit]

Route No. Route Name Terminals Areas/corridors served Service notes
1
Glenn/Swan
Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Country Club Road/22nd Street Downtown, Main Gate Square, University of Arizona, Park Avenue, Glenn Street, Swan Road, 29th Street.
  • Operates every 30 minutes (60 min. at night) during weekdays.
  • Weekend service every hour.
2
Pueblo Gardens
Laos Transit Center Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Irvington Road, South Country Club Road, South Campbell Avenue, 36th Street, Pueblo Gardens, Downtown.
  • Operates every 30 minutes (50 min. at night) during weekdays.
  • Weekend service every hour.
3
6th St./Wilmot
Pima Community College (PCC) East Pima Community College (PCC) West East Stella Road, South Wilmot Road, 5th Street, 6th Street, University of Arizona, Downtown, St Mary’s Road, Anklam Road.
  • Operates every 30 minutes during weekdays; 60 minutes at night.
  • 15 minutes peak hours service between PCC West and Broadway/Wilmot.
  • Weekend service every hour.
4
Speedway
Speedway/Harrison Park & Ride (1st leg)
Golf Links/Kolb Park & Ride (2nd leg)
Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Speedway Boulevard, Kolb Road, University of Arizona, Downtown.
  • Operates every 15–30 minutes during weekdays; 10–20 minutes during AM/PM peak hours.
  • Weekend service frequency every 30–60 minutes.
5
Pima/W. Speedway
Udall Transit Station Pima Community College (PCC) West West Speedway Boulevard, Pima Street, University of Arizona.
  • Operates every 30 minutes during weekdays until 7:30pm.
  • Weekend service frequency every hour.
6
S. Park Ave./N. 1st Ave.
Tucson International Airport Tohono Tadai Transit Center Tucson Airport, South Park Avenue, Downtown, University of Arizona, Euclid Avenue, North 1st Avenue.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until midnight.
  • Weekdays AM/PM peak hours service every 15 minutes between Laos and Tohono transit centers.
  • Saturday service every 30 minutes (60 minutes south of Laos Transit Center).
  • Sunday service every hour.
7
22nd St.
22nd Street/Harrison Road Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Downtown, 22nd Street
  • Weekdays service every 15 minutes from 6:30am–5:30pm, and every 30 minutes from 5:30pm–7:30pm.
  • Weeknights service every 60 minutes until 11:30pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
8
Broadway/S. 6th Ave.
Laos Transit Center Speedway/Harrison Park & Ride (1st leg)
Wilmot Road/Lee Street (2nd leg)
Broadway Boulevard, Downtown, South 6th Avenue, South Tucson, Wilmot Road, Harrison Road
  • Weekdays service every 10–20 minutes.
  • Weeknights service every 30 minutes until midnight (no service on Wilmot Road).
  • Saturday service every 15–30 minutes.
  • Sunday service every 20–40 minutes.
9
Grant
Udall Transit Station Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Grant Road, Campbell Avenue, 6th Street, University of Arizona, Downtown.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:30pm.
  • Service frequency increases to every 15 minutes from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
10
Flowing Wells
Tohono Tadai Transit Center Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Flowing Wells Road, River Road, Miracle Mile, Oracle Road, Downtown.
  • Weekdays service every 30–40 minutes until 11:30pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
11
Alvernon
Laos Transit Center (1st leg)
Tucson International Airport (2nd leg)
Dodge Boulevard/River Road Alvernon Way, Palo Verde Road, East Ajo Way, Valencia Road, Tucson Airport.
  • Operates every 15 minutes north of Ajo Way (weekdays only).
  • 30 minutes frequency on both south legs (Laos Center and Tucson Airport).
  • Weeknight service frequency is 60 minutes after 5pm until 11pm.
  • No service at Tucson Airport after 7pm.
  • Service every 30–60 minutes during weekends.
15
Campbell
Country Club Road/22nd Street Tohono Tadai Transit Center Campbell Avenue, University of Arizona, Eastland Street, Roger Road.
  • Operates every 15 minutes between the University of Arizona (UA) Mall and Tohono Transit Center (weekdays only).
  • 30 minutes frequency south of UA Mall.
  • Service frequency is 30–60 minutes after 5:00pm until 11:30pm.
  • Service every hour during weekends.
16
12th Ave./Oracle
Laos Transit Center Thornydale/Ina roads (stop at the parking lot of Lowe’s at Ina) 12th Avenue, 10th Avenue, Oracle Road, Ina Road.
  • Operates every 10 minutes between Laos and Tohono transit centers (weekdays only).
  • 30 minutes frequency north of Tohono Center.
  • Weeknights service every 30–60 minutes until midnight.
  • Service frequency during weekends is 30–60 minutes.
17
Country Club/29th St.
22nd Street/Harrison Road Davis Avenue/Ruthrauff Road Golf Links Road, 29th Street, Country Club Road, Prince Road, Romero Road, Ruthrauff Road.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:00pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
19
Stone
Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Tohono Tadai Transit Center Stone Avenue, Downtown
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:00pm.
  • Saturday service every 30 minutes.
  • Sunday service every hour.
20
W. Grant/Ironwood Hills
University of Arizona Mall Sterling Apartments at Ironwood Hills Drive Ironwood Hills Drive, Grant Road, Campbell Avenue, University of Arizona.
  • Weekdays service every 30 minutes until 6:30pm.
  • Weekend service every hour until 6:30pm.
21
W. Congress/Silverbell
Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown West Goret Road/Dales Crossing Drive (North Silverbell Road) Silverbell Road, West Congress Street, Downtown.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:00pm.
  • Weekend service every 30 minutes.
22
Grande
Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Grant/Silverbell roads Downtown, West Congress Street, Grande Avenue, Riverview Boulevard, El Rio Drive.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:00pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
23
Mission
Laos Transit Center Ronstadt Transit Center, Downtown Irvington Road, Mission Road, 36th Street, La Cholla Boulevard, Silverlake Road/29th Street, 4th Avenue, Downtown.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:00pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
24
12th Ave.
Desert Diamond Casino at Los Reales Road. Laos Transit Center South 12th Avenue, Los Reales Road.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 9:30pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
26
Benson Highway
Craycroft Road/Benson Highway Laos Transit Center Valencia Road, Benson Highway, Drexel Road, Campbell Avenue, Irvington Road.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:30pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
27
Midvale Park
Casino del Sol, AVA Amphitheater Park & Ride Laos Transit Center West Valencia Road, Cardinal Avenue, Drexel Road, Midvale Park Road, Santa Clara Avenue, 12th Avenue.
  • Weekdays service every 30–40 minutes until 11:00pm.
  • 15 minutes service during AM/PM peak hours.
  • Weekend service every hour.
29
Valencia
Laos Transit Center Casino of the Sun at Camino de Oeste, Yaqui Pueblo 6th Avenue, Valencia Road, Los Reales Road, Tetakusim Road.
  • Weekdays service every 30–40 minutes until 11pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
34
Craycroft/Ft. Lowell
Davis Monthan Air Force Base Visitor Center Tohono Tadai Transit Center Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Craycroft Road, East Fort Lowell Road, 1st Avenue.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 11:20pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
37
Pantano
Pima College (PCC) East Cloud/Pantano roads Pantano Road, Tanque Verde Road, Sabino Canyon Road, Cloud Road.
  • Route 37 buses do not stop on the 22nd Street segment.
  • Weekdays service every 30 minutes until 7:45pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
50
Ajo Way
Laos Transit Center Ajo Way/Mission Road West Ajo Way, 6th Avenue.
  • Weekdays service every 30–60 minutes until 9:30pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.
61
La Cholla
Tohono Tadai Transit Center Foothills Mall Drive at La Cholla (in front of Walmart) Wetmore Road, Auto Mall Drive, La Cholla Boulevard, Ina Road, Shannon Road.
  • Weekdays service every 30 minutes until 8:00pm.
  • Weekend service every hour.

Express Routes[edit]

Route No. Route Name Terminals Areas/corridors served Service notes
Express Routes to and from Downtown
101X
Golf Links-Downtown Express
Harrison/Golf Links roads
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson Golf Links Road, Downtown Tucson
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
102X
Northwest-UA Express
Magee/Oracle roads
AM
----

PM
University Medical Center Magee Road, Ina Road, Downtown Tucson, Speedway Boulevard, University of Arizona.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
103X
Northwest-Downtown Express
Ina Road/Camino de la Cruz
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson Ina Road, Oracle Road, River Road, Campbell Avenue, Speedway Boulevard, University of Arizona, Downtown Tucson.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
104X
Marana-Downtown Express
Arizona Pavilions at Cortaro Road
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson Marana, Cortaro Road, Downtown Tucson.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
105X
Foothills-Downtown Express
Tohono Tadai Transit Center
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson 1st Avenue, Sunrise Drive, Catalina Foothills, Swan Road, Speedway Boulevard, University of Arizona, Downtown Tucson.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
107X
Oro Valley-Downtown Express
Rancho Vistoso Park & Ride
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson Oro Valley, Tangerine Road, La Cañada Drive, Oracle Road, Downtown Tucson.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
108X
Broadway-Downtown Express
Speedway/Harrison Park & Ride
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson Harrison Road, Broadway Boulevard, Downtown Tucson.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
109X
Catalina Highway-Downtown Express
Catalina Highway/Tanque Verde Road
AM
----

PM
Downtown Tucson Tanque Verde Road, Grant Road, Speedway Boulevard, University of Arizona, Downtown Tucson.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
110X
Rita Ranch-Downtown Express
Downtown Tucson Old Vail Road Park & Ride Downtown Tucson, University of Arizona Science & Technology Park, Rita Ranch.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
  • Commuting available in both directions.
Express Routes to and from Aero Park
201X
Eastside-Aero Park Express
Harrison/Golf Links roads
AM
----

PM
Aero Park, Raytheon Tucson East side, Harrison Road, Speedway Boulevard, Alvernon Way, Palo Verde Road, Aero Park Area, Raytheon.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
  • Only two morning and two afternoon trips.
202X
Northwest-Aero Park Express
La Cholla Boulevard/Ruthrauff Road
AM
----

PM
Aero Park, Raytheon La Cholla Boulevard, Northwest side, Ina Road, Laos Transit Center, Aero Park Area, Raytheon.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
203X
Oro Valley-Aero Park Express
Rancho Vistoso Park & Ride
AM
----

PM
Aero Park, Raytheon Oro Valley, Laos Transit Center, Aero Park Area, Raytheon.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
Express Routes to and from Tohono Center
312X
Oro Valley-Tohono Express
Tohono Tadai Transit Center Rancho Vistoso Park & Ride Tohono Transit Center, Oracle Road, Oro Valley.
  • Weekdays peak hours service only.
  • Commuting available in both directions.

Alternative propulsion[edit]

For at least the next five years, Sun Tran will use more biodiesel buses. Biodiesel is a cleaner than regular diesel. Sun Tran plans to buy an additional 119 biodiesel buses over its five-year contract with bus manufacturer Gillig Corp. buses are also capable of running on regular diesel, but Sun Tran does not use petrodiesel in any of its buses. Sun Tran uses B20 and B5 biodiesel blends in its 114 biodiesel buses. It is believed that the increased use of biodiesel avoided a potential fare increase and fuel surcharge in July 2008.[7]

Regional Transportation Plan and streetcar system[edit]

Further information: Sun Link

In May 2006, voters in Tucson approved a Regional Transportation Plan (a comprehensive bus transit/streetcar/roadway improvement program), and its funding via a new 20-year half-cent sales tax increment.[8] The centerpiece of the plan is a 3.9-mile modern streetcar system (inspired by the successful Portland Streetcar in Oregon) that will travel through the downtown area, connecting the main University of Arizona campus with the Rio Nuevo master plan area on the western edge of downtown.[9] The approved funds are a match to an equal amount of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding. In May 2009, the city of Tucson announced that Oregon-based United Streetcar had been selected to manufacture the seven modern streetcars planned for the line, but that finalization of the order would have to wait until FTA approval for the project to proceed.[10]

The streetcar system will be double-tracked, replacing a single-track configuration previously used by Old Pueblo Trolley (OPT), a volunteer-run heritage streetcar operation mainly used by tourists and local patrons of the numerous small shops and restaurants along the line. A maintenance facility will be located just west of the present OPT car barn and yard on 8th Street west of 4th Avenue. Historic trolley operation will continue during weekends and special events, supplementing the modern streetcars. The City of Tucson will operate the streetcar, and plans to implement seamless transfers with Sun Tran buses. The official project website features computer animated video of Portland Streetcar-style vehicles traveling along the route, painted in current Sun Tran bus livery. At the end of September 2009, the FTA gave its approval for the City of Tucson to proceed with the final design phase of the project.[11]

The streetcar system was named Sun Link, as officially announced in the spring of 2012. Construction began in April 2012. Service will start on July 25th, 2014.[12]

Regional seamless transit system[edit]

On January 22, 2009, a regional seamless transit system was unveiled[13] that helps to better unify the various public transit services in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. One change was the renaming of several of the services under the "Sun" moniker: the Sun Tran express bus routes become Sun Express; Van Tran (paratransit) becomes Sun Van, circulator routes in outlying areas become Sun Connect, and RideShare (carpooling) becomes Sun RideShare. Along with this name change comes a new logo and color scheme, replacing the old red, yellow, and white with a blue, yellow, silver, and white livery that extends across not only the Sun Tran buses, but the other services as well. The new livery was introduced into service on February 16, 2009 with the addition of 47 new Sun Tran buses and 42 Sun Van (formerly Van Tran) paratransit vehicles to the fleet. Current vehicles will keep their existing liveries until they are either overhauled or replaced. Also in the works are new fare machines that allow a single "smart card" to pay fares on Sun Tran, Sun Express, Sun Connect, and the downtown streetcar; and improved signage at bus stops and transit centers.

Sun Connect service started on May 4, 2009 under the name Sun Shuttle, with routes to the north and northwest, Green Valley, and Sahuarita.

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