Goodbye north and south, hello uptown and downtown.
On Monday, Oct. 28, the Zoom bus will begin a continuous loop route in Avondale.
The city of Avondale says it “monitored feedback from passengers and made adjustments based on riders’ requests.”
Instead of a north route and a south route, there will be a Zoom Uptown (counter-clockwise) and Zoom Downtown (clockwise) loop.
Other changes happening on the Zoom route are added stops at John Paul Catholic High School and at the intersection of Litchfield and Indian School roads.
The Zoom circulators, with their unique bright red logo and checkered flag graphics, make rounds through Avondale, Tolleson and Goodyear from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and weekends 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The service operates every 30 minutes, taking passengers to local destinations and attractions for 50 cents (exact change required) per trip.
Among the destinations on the Zoom routes are: Estrella Mountain Community College, La Jolla and Westview High Schools, Avondale Civic Center and Library, Historic Avondale, Gateway Pavilions, Wal-Mart, Park 10 shopping center, Tolleson City Hall, and into Goodyear at the YMCA, West Valley Hospital and Target.
Ridership for 2018 was just over 190,000 and continues to grow.
Funding for the route is provided by local and federal transportation funds. Route operations are provided by the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA).