RTA helps provide “lifeline” transit service to Ajo

Second Generation recently was awarded the contract for transit services to operate Ajo Transportation by the Regional Transportation Authority. Ajo Transportation provides public transit services to residents in the western part of Pima County.

The contract is for five years, with three, one-year extension options.

Ajo Transportation operates Route 486 with daily service from Ajo to Tucson with stops in Why, Sells, Three Points, and many of the Indian Road Network intersections. For many in the isolated community of Ajo, as well as the Tohono O’odham Nation, the service is one of the only reliable, affordable methods of getting to Tucson.

“We provide service that allows people to access medical services, shopping, and any number of different purposes coming to Tucson,” said RTA Deputy Director Jim DeGrood, who noted that many riders use the service to commute. “It is a lifeline service between Ajo and Tucson. It stops at multiple locations on the Tohono O’odham reservation.”

In addition to the shuttle to and from Tucson, Second Generation provides dial-a-ride service within the Ajo community and a circulator service between Ajo and Why. Service from Ajo to Gila Bend and the Phoenix area is offered in partnership with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), with the RTA funding mileage within Pima County.

Learn more about RTA transit services.