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Sun Metro Implementing Strategic Recovery Efforts for Transit Services

Sun Metro is rolling out strategic recovery efforts to improve its transit system, grow ridership back to pre-pandemic levels, and stimulate the economy by adding routes, improving connectivity, increasing frequency, and pursuing competitive funding opportunities.

The transit recovery efforts include service modifications taking effect Sunday, June 26, 2022.

“Sun Metro is a lifeline to our community. It supports jobs, gets people to work and essential destinations, provides workforce mobility, and fosters business growth along transit routes,” said Ellen Smyth, City of El Paso Chief Transit and Field Operations Officer. “To provide the best possible transit service, we rely on our data-driven approach to plan our strategic recovery efforts to include service modifications. Data allows us to add routes and buses where there is a high demand for service, and the data also drives the frequency of service and elimination of duplication to enhance the customer experience.”

Sun Metro’s strategic recovery efforts are being strengthened by its aggressive pursuit of competitive funding. This month, the Federal Transit Administration announced Sun Metro is the recipient of a $450,000 grant award from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to conduct a study to enhance transit services via cost-effective methods designed to attract new users, stimulate economic activity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change.


For the first time ever, Sun Metro will be running its Brio lines on Sundays. The Brio system introduced in 2014 with the Mesa route, a rapid transit service. Sunday service will be added to the Mesa, Alameda and Dyer Brio schedules starting June 26, 2022. To complement the Brio routes, Sun Metro is reactivating Sunday service to Routes 44, 50, 53, and 89.

Sun Metro will return holiday service starting with the Independence Day Holiday on July 4, 2022. Other routes to experience minor schedule or route changes this month include: 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, 19, 37, 44, 50, 53, 54, 59, 60, 51, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 89 and 90. Route 87 is being introduced to accompany service modifications to Route 7.


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