Casa Grande is looking into getting its own transit system, but it’s unclear if this will be a viable option for the City or if enough riders would use the system.
With the recent completion of a two-year study by CivTech, a Scottsdale-based transportation consulting firm that focused on possible bus routes, van service and other options, the Casa Grande City Council says it still needs more information before moving ahead with any recommendations.
Transit options include buses, voucher systems (taxi, Uber, Lyft), demand-response only, van pooling and fixed routes that are either contracted (turnkey) or municipal run. Dawn Cartier, president of CivTech, says a turnkey service would be more suitable for Casa Grande based on its current needs. According to the study, 91 percent of the public polled thinks a transportation system is needed in Casa Grande and 74 percent say they would use it.
The City is eligible for about $850,000 in annual federal funding for a transit system, but Casa Grande would still be expected to pay some of the costs for services offered. “The City’s financial obligation would be close to $25,000 a year and up, along with an additional $100,000 annually,” says Duane Eitel, traffic engineer for Casa Grande.
Various bus routes being considered include The Promenade at Casa Grande, Florence Boulevard, Pinal Avenue Cottonwood Lane, as well as service to the industrial and downtown areas. No routes have been finalized, and even if the proposed timeline for the system is approved, transit wouldn’t be up and running until 2020.
A public meeting will take place in October with further follow up by the Council in December or January.