Cat Tran offers free shuttle service from Downtown to 4th Ave., Main Gate, UA
September 29, 2011
By Teya Vitu
Downtowners can get a free ride to the University of Arizona and lunch at Main Gate Square on UA’s Cat Tran shuttle service.
Cat Tran’s USA route is designed to get university staff and students from UA to the University Services Annex, 220 W. 6th Street. But the free shuttle is just as available for people Downtown to ride to 4th Avenue, Main Gate or the UA.
“UA-affiliated people are the only ones who use it,” said Bill Davidson, marketing director for UA Parking and Transportation Services. “It’s a fantastic way to go to 4th Avenue or Main Gate.”
Cat Tran is the only public transit from Downtown to 4th Avenue because Sun Tran has no bus service on 4th Avenue.
The Downtown stops are at the north edge of the Ronstadt Transit Center on Pennington Street and on Franklin Street between Church and Stone Avenue.
The USA route leaves the University Services Annex generally in 17- or 20-minute intervals from 6:25 a.m. to 6:12 p.m.
“It’s been quite helpful for people using the new facility Downtown (Roy Place Building at Pennington and Stone),” Davidson said.
The USA route is also popular with students who ride Sun Tran to Ronstadt and finish the commute to campus on Cat Tran.
From Ronstadt, the USA route travels north on 6th Avenue, then cuts across on 6th Street before running up and down 4th Avenue between 6th Street and University Boulevard. The shuttle continues on University Boulevard to Park and then makes a loop around the northwest sector of campus on Speedway, Mountain and Second Street.
The USA route is a convenient way to get from Downtown to the Student Union not only for free but not have to worry about paying for or finding a parking spot.
The USA route was launched in May 2009 and is funded through UA parking permits.