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July 4th Transit and Street Closure Information

Tempe to offer extended bus and light rail service for July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival

 

The City of Tempe Transit program, Tempe in Motion, will make it easy for residents to get to the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival with extended bus and light rail service. 

Light Rail

Residents are encouraged to ride light rail for $2 per trip, per person to the festivities. Or, purchase an all-day pass for $4 at the start of your trip to avoid having to use busy fare vending machines in the downtown area at the end of the event. $2 per trip and $4 All Day pass prices are for people who purchase in advance or from a fare vending machine. (Reduced all day passes are available for $2 for youth, people age 65 and older and people with disabilities.)  Valley Metro will offer additional train service to support events on the July 4 holiday.  Trains will have additional capacity and frequency.  On July 4, service will operate on a 10-minute schedule after 5 p.m. and run until 2 a.m. on July 5.   For details, please visit www.valleymetro.org. Park-and-ride locations include:

  • Apache Boulevard and Price Road
  • Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive
  • Apache Boulevard and Dorsey Lane

 

Bus & Orbit

On July 4, Tempe buses will run according to Sunday schedules until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., many Tempe bus routes will run every 15 minutes northbound to the Tempe Transportation Center until 9 p.m. with return service from 10 p.m. to midnight on designated routes. Many downtown Tempe bus and Orbit routes will drop off and pick up at the Tempe Transportation Center on the northeast corner of Fifth Street and Forest Avenue. Due to street restrictions, several downtown Tempe routes will be detoured and may not serve their normal stops. Fares are $2 per boarding, and all-day passes are available for $6 on board or $4 at authorized fare vendors. Reduced fares for people ages 6 - 18, people age 65 and older, and people with disabilities are $1 per boarding, and all day passes are available for $3 on board or $2 at authorized fare vendors.  Identification is required for Reduced Fare patrons in accordance with Valley Metro policies.

The following bus routes will operate every 15 minutes in the direction noted from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.:

  • 48 – 48th St/Rio Salado North from Arizona Mills Mall to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 62 – Hardy/Guadalupe North from Price & Guadalupe to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 65 – Mill/Kyrene North from IKEA to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 66 – Mill/Kyrene North from Kyrene & Warner to Tempe Transportation Center
  • 72 – Scottsdale/Rural North from Ray to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Earth Westbound from Tempe Marketplace to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Jupiter North from McClintock High School to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Mars North from Southern & Evergreen to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Mercury West from Escalante Center to Tempe Transportation Center
  • Orbit Venus Forward & Back

Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. buses are on regular hours with the detours listed below.

After 10 p.m., the bus routes listed below will depart as needed until midnight.

  • Orbit Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus
  • 48 – 48th St./Rio Salado Pkwy. - South to Baseline Road
  • 62 – Hardy/Guadalupe – South to Guadalupe and Price roads
  • 65 - Mill/Kyrene - South to Warner Rd.
  • 66 - Mill/Kyrene - South to Warner Rd.
  • 72 - Rural - South to Ray Rd.

Street Closures

The following street restrictions and closures have been identified. However others could be put in place to address public safety concerns that arise during the event. The information provided by the City of Tempe is for public information purposes only.  All restrictions/closures are based on preliminary assessments and can be increased or decreased in scope without notice.

Mill Avenue between Curry Road/Washington Street and Rio Salado Parkway will be closed in both directions from 7 a.m. July 4 until 5 a.m. July 5.

  • Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and 5th Street will be closed in both directions from approximately noon July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.
  • Mill Avenue between 5th Street and University Drive will be closed in both directions from approximately 4 p.m. July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.
  • Northbound Ash Avenue north of 3rd Street will be closed at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Rio Salado Parkway between Hardy Drive and the access to Hayden Ferry Parking garage located just east of Mill Avenue will be closed in both directions from 11 a.m. July 4 until 2 a.m. July 5.  Access will be provided to the Tempe Center for the Arts via Priest Drive to Rio Salado Parkway.  Access to the Hayden’s Ferry developments will be provided via Scottsdale Road to Rio Salado Parkway.
  • 5th Street between Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue will be closed in both directions from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. July 4. Local Access will be maintained from Ash Avenue and Forest Avenue.
  • Eastbound Rio Salado Parkway between Priest Drive and Hardy Drive will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Northbound Rural Road between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4
  • Southbound Scottsdale Road between Curry Road and 6th Street will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • Veterans Way/5th Street will be closed in both directions between College Avenue and University Drive from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • 5th Street will be closed in both directions between Forest Avenue and College Avenue from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • The Loop 202 off-ramps at Scottsdale Road will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. July 4.
  • College Avenue will be closed in both directions between 6th and 7th streets July 4. 

Bus detours effective at beginning of the service day to the end of the service day July 4.

48 Northbound – Regular route on Rio Salado Pkwy. to Priest Dr.; south on Priest Dr. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Forest Ave.; north on Forest Ave. to 5th St.; east on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center. 

48 Southbound – From Tempe Transportation Center depart south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Priest Dr.; north on Priest Dr. to Rio Salado Pkwy.; west on Rio Salado Pkwy. to resume regular route.

62 Northbound – Regular route on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; continue south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Forest Ave.; north on Forest Ave. to Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St./Veterans Way to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to resume regular route.

62 Southbound – Regular route west on University Dr. to Veterans Way;  northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center; from Tempe Transportation Center south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route.

65 Northbound - Regular route to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Forest Ave.; north on Forest Ave to 5th St.; east on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

65 Southbound - Depart Tempe Transportation Center south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

66 Northbound - Regular route to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Forest Ave.; north on Forest Ave to 5th St.; east on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

66 Southbound - Depart Tempe Transportation Center south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

72 Northbound – Regular route north on McAllister Ave. to University Dr.; northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St./Veterans Way to University Dr. to resume regular route.

72 Southbound – Regular route west on University Dr. to Veterans Way; northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St./Veterans Way to University Dr. to resume regular route.

Earth Eastbound - From Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St./Veterans Way to 6th St.; east on 6th St. to Rural Rd.; north on Rural Rd. to resume regular route at Weber Dr.

Earth Westbound - Regular route south on Scottsdale Rd. to Weber Dr.; south on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. to 6th St.; west on 6th St. to Veterans Way; northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center.

Mars Northbound – Regular route north on McAllister Ave. to University Dr.; northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center.

Mars Southbound - From Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St./Veterans Way to resume regular route at University Dr.

Mercury Eastbound - From Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St./Veterans Way to resume regular route at University Dr.

Mercury Westbound – Regular route north on McAllister Ave. to University Dr.; northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center.

Jupiter Northbound - Regular route to Mill Ave. and University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Forest Ave.; north on Forest Ave. to Tempe Transportation Center. 

Jupiter Southbound - From Tempe Transportation Center south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route. 

Venus Forward - Regular route to 5th St. & Ash Ave.; south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Forest Ave; north on Forest Ave. to Tempe Transportation Center; west on 5th St. to Forest Ave.; south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to resume regular route.

Venus Back - Regular route east on University Dr. to Forest Ave.; north on Forest Ave. to Tempe Transportation Center; depart south on Forest Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route.

Bus detours effective 8:30 p.m. until the end of the service day

72 Northbound – From Tempe Transportation Center east on 5th St./Veterans Way to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to McClintock; north on McClintock to Curry; west on Curry to Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd.; north on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. to resume regular route.

72 Southbound –Regular route to Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd. and Curry; east on Curry to McClintock; south on McClintock to University; west on University to Veterans Way; northwest on Veterans Way to Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St./Veterans Way to resume regular route at University Dr.

 

There is no bus service to cities outside of Tempe after the event.  Service to and from other cities will operate according to Sunday schedules. For information, call 602-253-5000 or visit valleymetro.org.

 

 

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