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New hours of operation for the COMET bus are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MARICOPA — The local transportation system COMET (City of Maricopa Express Transit) has been temporarily reworked to provide medical, grocery and job-related stops only.

Effective immediately, COMET has a modified route schedule to help locals without reliable transportation access the necessities. Dial-A-Ride will also be extended to help accommodate the community’s needs.

COMET will operate with no reservations required and will deviate up to a quarter mile for people unable to come to the bus stop. The bus arrives anywhere between five minutes before and five minutes after the pickup time.

Dial-A-Ride is offering rides to Chandler Regional Medical Center and Banner Casa Grande Medical Center during the week and is still taking reservations as early as seven days in advance. Twenty-four-hour notice for reservations or cancellations is still required.

According to a press release sent out by the city, Maricopa Express Transit will now offer the following transit services:

The COMET will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, while Dial-A-Ride will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dial-A-Ride will offer rides to Chandler Regional  on Tuesdays only, with the last pickup back to Maricopa at 3 p.m. Rides to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center will happen only on Thursdays, with the last pickup from that location at 4 p.m. Both will offer curbside pickup beginning between 9 and 10 a.m.

Visit the city’s website for transit services for more information on the temporary bus schedule.

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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.

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