Valley Metro unveiling 20,000 miles of service Monday

PHOENIX - Valley Metro is unveiling 20,000 miles of new service Monday. 

This includes three new routes and one extension. It will impact many large Valley cities. 

The extension is along 83rd Avenue. It will now connect Tolleson, Glendale, and Peoria when it stops at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

In the northwest Valley, a new route called "Zoom North" will expand the already existing "Zoom South" in Avondale. 

This means residents can get to the city's north side easier. 

A brand new route in the east Valley connects Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, and Gilbert. It will run along Ray Rd from 48th St. to Gilbert Rd. 

Also in the East Valley, the "Orbit Saturn" is a new free circulator that will connect the Benedict Sports Complex, Tempe Public Library, Kiwanis Park and other areas. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation says one bus can replace 40 single occupant vehicles on the roads. And Valley Metro officials hope this encourages residents to explore their neighborhoods more. 

This may affect some existing routes, so riders are encouraged to check schedules before they ride. 

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