PALM SPRINGS – After sitting idle for about six months, the beloved and popular BUZZ resumes service in downtown Palm Springs on Thursday, Jan. 10.
SunLine Transit Agency has has breathed new life into the BUZZ service after the Palm Springs City Council sidelined it in June citing excessive costs and decreasing ridership.
The BUZZ will provide free rides on its original route in Palm Springs every 20 minutes from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
“The entire team at SunLine is looking forward to bringing the BUZZ back on January 10th,” Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency, said in a prepared statement. “What’s especially exciting about SunLine operating the BUZZ service is that it will align with SunLine’s fixed route service – providing valley-wide transit options for both visitors and residents.”
A ribbon cutting and re-launch celebration in conjunction with the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism will be held at 12 p.m. p.m. at Museum Way and South Palm Canyon on Palm Springs – the same time the route will begin service. You may view the entire route here.
City and regional officials will take an inaugural ride on the BUZZ bus, and a brief program kicking off the launch will be held.
“The City of Palm Springs is delighted to partner with SunLine Transit Agency to return the very popular BUZZ trolley as a transit option for our residents and visitors,” Councilmember Lisa Middleton, the city’s representative to the SunLine Board of Directors, said. “We are deeply appreciative of General Manager Lauren Skiver and her SunLine team’s creativity and investment in Palm Springs and public transportation.”
The service is funded by the City of Palm Springs, and operated by SunLine Transit Agency. As the region’s transit provider, SunLine can provide a number of efficiencies with its transit expertise and resources. In turn, the service will increase ridership for SunLine – making this a prudent partnership between these two public agencies, and ultimately, to the benefit of prospective riders.
For more information about the BUZZ and SunLine Transit Agency, click here.
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