By Pat Richter, Sun Tran

Sun ShuttleSun Shuttle, the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) are working towards starting a new bus route for southeastern Tucson. The route will connect riders from southeast Tucson neighborhoods — including Civano and Sierra Morado — to UA Tech Park to the south, and Pima College East and Kob & Broadway to the north. A new 30-foot, wheelchair-accessible bus has been purchased for the route. The bus will be installed with a bike rack so bike riders can take their bikes with them on their trips. The route will tentatively start in mid-August.

The bus fare will mirror Sun Tran rates, and riders will be able to transfer to and from Sun Tran routes for free. Riders can transfer to and from Sun Tran routes at the Park & Rides at Kolb & Broadway, Pima College East and Old Vail Road near Houghton.

The RTA and the City are currently working together to install bus stop signs along the route. You should start seeing them pop up along the route this month. Once they’re installed, then the start date and schedule will be finalized.

Sun Shuttle Route 450 will be paid for by a combination of Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and federal funding. Current funding for this route will provide bus service Monday through Friday for roughly 13 hours per day