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Take Transit to the New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31

Contact:
Sue Taaffe
Public Information Office
sue_taaffe@tempe.gov
480-350-8663

Tempe will make it easy for people to get to the New Year’s Eve celebration on Mill Avenue Dec. 31. With six bus and five Orbit routes serving Mill Avenue, Tempe will run bus routes until 2 a.m. outbound from the Transportation Center at Fifth and College within Tempe according to regular weekday schedules. Orbit is free and fares are $1.75 each trip for the bus. Most of Tempe’s bus and Orbit routes connect with the nine METRO light rail stations in Tempe. Park & Ride locations in Tempe are as follows:

• Apache Blvd. at Loop 101/Price Rd. – southeast corner
• Apache Blvd. at McClintock Dr. – southeast corner (parking garage)
• Apache Blvd. at Dorsey Ln. – northeast corner

Residents can park at one of the designated METRO light rail park-and-ride locations and ride the train for $1.75 per trip, per person until 2 a.m. Take light rail to the 3rd Street and Mill Avenue station to access the event. You may want to purchase an all-day pass for $3.50 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. Check www.valleymetro.org or call 602-253-5000 for hours and frequencies.

The following bus routes will provide service as needed from the Tempe Transportation Center from midnight to 2 a.m. Jan. 1:
• Route 48 – Southbound to Arizona Mills Mall
• Route 62 – Southbound to Price & Guadalupe
• Route 62 – Northbound to Tempe Marketplace
• Route 65 – Southbound to Priest & Warner
• Route 66 – Southbound to Kyrene & Warner
• Route 72 – Southbound to Rural & Ray
• Orbit Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Venus – entire routes as needed

Post-event bus service is only available within the City of Tempe. People traveling to other cities should plan accordingly. These trips will only pick up passengers at Tempe Transportation Center. All other areas will be drop-off only.

Bus Detours
Although Mill Avenue will be open to traffic, the following bus routes will be detoured from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 until 2 a.m. Jan. 1.

Route 48 Northbound – Regular route south on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; continue south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Route 48 Southbound – From Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to resume regular route at 5th St.

Route 62 Northbound – Regular route south on Ash Ave. to 5th St.; continue south on Ash Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route at Tempe Transportation Center.

Route 62 Southbound – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Ash Ave.; north on Ash Ave. to resume regular route at 5th St.

Route 65 Northbound – Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Route 65 Southbound – From Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

Route 66 Northbound – Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Route 66 Southbound - From Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

Earth West – Regular route south on College Ave. to Curry Rd.; east on Curry Rd. to Rural Rd./Scottsdale Rd.; south on Rural Rd./Scottsdale Rd. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Earth East – From Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to Rural Rd./Scottsdale Rd.; north on Rural Rd./Scottsdale Rd. to Curry Rd.; west on Curry Rd. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to resume regular route.

Jupiter North – Regular route north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center.

Jupiter South – From Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to resume regular route.

Mercury Eastbound – From Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College Ave. to University Dr.; east on University Dr. 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 College Ave.; north on College Ave. to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to resume regular route at Tempe Transportation Center.

Venus Back – Regular route to Tempe Transportation Center; east on 5th St. to College Ave.; south on College 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.

Street Closures
7th Street between Maple and Ash avenues will be closed from 12 p.m. Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Jan. 1. 6th Street between Maple and Ash avenues will be closed from 12 p.m. Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. Jan 1.

Parking
Public parking costs vary from $5 to $20 in the downtown area. In all parking lots open to the public, there are designated disabled parking spaces. People are encouraged to park at one of the following locations:
• Hayden Square Garage and West Lot at Third Street and Ash Avenue
• US Airway Garage at Ash Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway
• University Square on University Drive and Forest Avenue
• Hayden Ferry Garage on Rio Salado Parkway just east of Mill Avenue
• Lot 59 on ASU campus on Rio Salado Parkway just west of Rural Road
• Rio Salado Parkway lots east of Priest Drive
• Centerpoint Garage on Ash Avenue north of University Drive
• Sixth Street and College Avenue lot
To find the best parking and access options for any individual business on Mill Avenue, please call the business.