Proposed Downtown Terminal Update

Sun Metro has proudly served Sun City residents for over 20 years, accommodating the wide-ranging transit needs of a growing border community, linking individuals from two countries and three states with Job Express, fixed route and paratransit services.

In its first year under new management, Sun Metro took key steps to modernize the aging system and refocused priorities on ensuring the basics of transit; all the while sustaining a flat operating budget for Fiscal Year 2008. Today, Sun Metroís customer-focused vision has helped reclaim the publicís confidence in public transportation, and continues to change the culture of transportation to one based on quality customer service.

Sun Metro is proud to announce that on Tuesday, April 8th, 2008, the Mass Transit Department Board gave staff their approval to move forward with the final phase of design for the proposed downtown terminal. The Union Plaza Transit Terminal or UPTT will provide passengers with an opportunity for added pedestrian amenities that are currently unavailable at San Jacinto Plaza, for an estimated cost of $2.4 million; a fraction of the price of building a new terminal in another location.

Last year, Sun Metroís ridership increased by 7.8% to over 1 million passengers per month and is expected to continue as service becomes more efficient and reliable. The UPTT allows for future service expansion including the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and ensures passenger comfort and safety with a terminal that provides sidewalk pedestrian amenities, an air conditioned and heated environment, an indoor waiting area with real-time route arrival/departure information, better lighting and a closed-circuit camera security system.

Additionally, in an effort to promote existing as well as new downtown business development, Sun Metro is also proposing the implementation of free downtown circulators that will facilitate continued passenger travel in the heart of our downtown.