Chandler awarded grant for new micro-transit program

The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Chandler headquarters is in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Chandler was awarded a $2 million grant to start a micro-transit service in south Chandler, according to a Nov. 10 news release from the city.

The grant was awarded through the Arizona Transportation Modernization Grant Program, a $20 million initiative to modernize K-12 transportation options and improve access to reliable and safe transportation for students.

With this two-year pilot, the city hopes to learn how to better serve the needs of individual students through a micro-transit van program for students who face transportation barriers and who are often traveling early in the morning and late at night, according to the release.

The study will help staff better understand public transportation demand in the service area, and to determine if additional service is needed in a specific location, according to the release. Trips by day and time of day will also be monitored to identify any needs for additional or fewer vehicles in service at a specific time.

Following the two-year pilot period, the program can serve as a model to other transit systems, according to the release.


The new service will operate roughly south of Chandler Boulevard and west of Price Road. Students in the service area being proposed are at a further disadvantage because public transportation options are limited compared to other parts of Chandler and the Phoenix metropolitan area.


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