Tempe Transportation

Tempe is one of the most accessible cities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and only 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Megabus travels daily to and from Los Angeles, with two trips in each direction. Buses stop on the east side of College Avenue between 6th and 7th streets near the Arizona State University campus. There is also an additional stop in downtown Phoenix. Fares start at just $1 when reserved well in advance.

Tempe is accessible via several main arteries, including the Loop 101, Loop 202, US 60, and surface streets including East Van Buren Street to the Mill Avenue bridge. In 2008, the Valley Metro Light Rail project is scheduled to bring light rail service through Tempe.

Tempe boasts a multi-modal transportation system that provides a variety of options for getting around the community - including riding the bus, bicycling, walking, and, soon, light rail.

Bus Service Bus service in Tempe is second to none in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with service 365 days a year, and 15-minute peak-period service from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most routes run until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 p.m. Sunday. Tempe provides bus service on all major arterial streets with 22 routes throughout the city. Buses in Tempe connect with routes in Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale and Phoenix. All of Tempe's buses are wheelchair accessible and have bicycle racks accommodating two bicycles. Commuters can also take advantage of four free shuttles connecting the ASU campus, downtown Tempe, and neighborhoods.

Bicycling Commuting by bicycle in Tempe is convenient and economical, with more than 150 miles of bikeways throughout Tempe. More than 3.5 percent of Tempe residents use a bicycle to get to work, and most major destinations in Tempe have bicycle parking. Each October, Tempe celebrates bicycling by sponsoring its annual Tour de Tempe bike ride, a free leisurely community ride highlighting 12 miles of bikeways, public art projects and historic neighborhoods. In 2003, approximately 1,500 Valley residents participated in the Tour de Tempe. In 2003, Tempe was one of 14 cities across the United States to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Walking To encourage walking as an environmentally friendly means of transportation, Tempe sponsors an annual Walk to School Day event. In conjunction with local elementary schools, Tempe provides free breakfast for all students and parents and donates a tree to each participating school. Last year, 20 elementary schools with 8,000 participants enjoyed the event. This joint venture illustrates Tempe's dedication to promoting cleaner air and creating a pedestrian-friendly environment.