Salt River Transit map.

Salt River Transit Can Get You to Where You Need to Go

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Don’t have a ride and need one? Salt River Transit can take you where you need to go.

The Demand Response Van System, also known as Salt River Transit, has been running in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community since early 1983 and is the oldest transit system that caters to members of an Indian community. Salt River Transit offers service to and from the Community to members and residents.

Transit schedules regular or subscription trips, which are daily trips for individuals to and from school or work. When scheduled, these types of trips require you be at your pick-up location every day, unless Transit is notified and the trip is canceled for the day.

Salt River Transit will transfer individuals to bus stations or even to the Valley Metro Light Rail during Salt River Transit hours of operation. But it does not stray too far from the Community.

“When the Transit goes into the city of Mesa, its boundary line is north of Baseline Road and as far east up to Lindsay Road. In Scottsdale it goes to Indian Bend, and if traveling west it stops at Scottsdale Road and down to McKellips Road,” said Melvina Ray, dispatch clerk for Salt River Transit.

There are five routes: Route 1 is South Scottsdale, Route 2 is local and surrounding areas, Route 3 is North Scottsdale, Route 4 is East Mesa and Route 5 is West Mesa (see map).

“These were the established boundary lines that were made way back when,” said Ray.

At one time, Salt River Transit used to travel all the way to the Fort McDowell Indian Community.

Trips are on an as-needed basis. If you are going to need a ride, ideally you should call 24 hours in advance to make reservations. If you need a ride on short notice, you must call at least two hours before your needed pick-up time, and you will be picked up providing space is available. If your plans change and you do not need to be picked up, it is important to call Transit and cancel your trip.

To schedule a trip, call the Transit line 24 hours a day and leave a message; the first driver who arrives at 5 a.m. takes the messages and distributes the trips among the drivers.

For more information, call (480) 362-7310.

Salt River Transit
(480) 362-7310

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
6 a.m.-5 p.m.

How to Schedule a Trip
When you contact the dispatcher, you will need to provide the following information:
• Passenger name
• Pick-up location address and nearest cross streets or major building
• Pick-up time
• Destination
• Number of passengers
• Contact number where you can be reached

One-way fare within the Community, $0.75; seniors or disabled, $0.25
One-way fare outside the Community, $0.85; seniors or disabled, $0.50
Exact change required

While on the Transit
Eating and drinking are not allowed on Salt River Transit. They may refuse service to anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and anyone who is or becomes verbally or physically abusive to staff or other riders.

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