West Valley residents are asked to fill out a short survey to evaluate the need for improved and expanded transit service.
Avondale is expected to add nearly 28,000 new residents and 13,000 jobs over the next 20 years. During the same period, Goodyear is anticipated to more than double in size, adding 105,000 residents and 31,000 jobs, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments Socioeconomic Projections of Population and Employment by Municipal Planning Area, June 2019.
This growth brings lots of opportunities, including new job prospects, shopping, housing and an increased tax base. But it also can be difficult to keep up with the need for new infrastructure and services, including roadways and transit.
The cities of Avondale and Goodyear have partnered with the Maricopa Association of Governments and Nelson/Nygaard consulting firm to develop a plan for the future of transit in those cities.
The Avondale-Goodyear Transit Study kicked off in May 2020, with an expected completion date of early summer 2021. The study began with a comprehensive market analysis, identifying areas of need and opportunity across the two cities. The market analysis highlighted the need to provide convenient transportation alternatives to a variety of Avondale and Goodyear residents, including seniors, youth, families and various types of commuters.
The study team has developed several concepts for new, improved and/or enhanced transit service and is seeking input from the community. These concepts include improvements to local bus routes, modifications to the Avondale Zoom circulator, microtransit pilot zones, flexible employment shuttles, and mobility hubs.