Gilbert, a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, located southeast of Phoenix, encompasses 76 square miles and has a population of 229,972. Today, it’s the country’s most populous incorporated town.
Once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World," Gilbert isn’t an agriculture community anymore but a thriving suburban city within the Phoenix metropolitan area.
An area freeway, the Santan Freeway, part of Loop 202 serves the town while Superstition Freeway provides access to the northern boundary at the Higley Road interchange. Williams Field Road and Gilbert Road are the main arterial roads.
A local bus, an express bus, and Paratransit services make up the public transit system, and the town is expecting a commuter rail service. In anticipation, it has recently constructed a Park-and-Ride facility in the downtown area.
Five primary routes will take you to the most important centers in Gilbert and the surrounding areas:
Route 108 starts at Elliot and 48th street and heads toward Grand Canyon University-Tempe Campus, Gilbert Heritage District, Southeast Regional Library, and Riparian Preserve.
Route 112 starts at Country Club and Arizona Ave and heads toward Downtown Chandler and Downtown Mesa.
Route 136 starts at Gilbert Road and heads toward Crossroads Towne Center, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Gilbert Municipal Center, Heritage District, and Gilbert Park-and-Ride.
Route 156 starts at Chandler Blvd and Williams Field Road and heads toward Arizona State University Polytechnic campus, San Tan Village Mall, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Downtown Chandler, Chandler Fashion Center, and Intel Corp.
Route 184 starts at Power Road and heads toward Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Superstition Springs Center, Banner Baywood Medical Center, and Mesa Community College-Red Mountain Campus.
Route 531 provides faster bus travel to Downtown Phoenix. Starting at the Park-and-Ride at Page Avenue and Gilbert Road, the Express Bus heads toward West Mesa Park-and-Ride, Central Avenue and Van Buren Street, and 17th Avenue and Jefferson Street. In all, there are eight trips scheduled for the morning and seven for the evening.
The East Valley Dial-a-Ride offers a door-to-door service. These are shared-ride public transportation service for people with disabilities and for seniors over age 65.
Another option for people with disabilities and seniors is RideChoice. Coupons are used to manage the fare and can be used with any participating taxi service.
Among the oldest taxi service is Yellow Cab, which has been serving the community for 30 years.
Along with regular taxi service, there is an airport shuttle, Budget Transportation, which has been in business since 2001.
Area Agencies on Aging offer seniors a number of services, including transportation services.
Uber and Lyft are the primary ride-sharing services in Gilbert.
Centers for Independent Living (CIL) provide non-emergency transportation for seniors for medical appointments and social activities. They also provide travel training for seniors to learn how to plan city transportation.
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