Expansion and progress are a constant theme for Sun Metro, and the transit department isn't showing signs of slowing down.
The newest development was the grand opening of the new Al Jefferson Westside Transfer Center, 7535 Remcon. More than 50 community members and leaders dedicated the state-of-the-art facility on Thursday, April 8.Named after the late Albert Al Jefferson, a local community activist known for his ardent support of mass transit, the $5 million transfer center became operation on March 28. Sun Metro broke ground on the transfer center on May 28, 2009.
The festivities featured various speakers including the Mayor John Cook, District 1 City Representative Ann Morgan Lilly and Jonathan Jefferson, son of the late Al Jefferson.
The ceremony included an impressive performance by the Franklin High School Drum Line and Flag Team.
The City also recognized the addition of its newest public artwork, created by sculptor and ceramicist Garry Price. The two ceramic mosaic clocks located on each of the transfer centers towers are inspired by El Paso's renowned sunshine.
The center features free Wi-Fi, a Park and Ride option with more than 170 parking spaces, an enclosed waiting area with cooling and heating, real-time information displays to help riders time their trips, large shade canopies, an ATM, a change machine and vending machines.
With the opening of the new transfer center Sun Metro riders experienced several service improvements including the creation of Route 19, the Resler Circulator. The new route provides service from the new transfer center to the Resler Drive, Helen of Troy Drive and Redd Road area Monday through Sunday with a 45-minute frequency.
The next transfer center to come online will be the Mission Valley Transfer Center in the fall, followed by the Glory Road Transfer Center in late December.