Express Route No. 512 has local weekday service into the Valley, with the buses departing at 5:55 and 6:13 a.m. at La Montana Drive and Palisades Blvd.
The buses travel south on Palisades Boulevard and west on Shea Boulevard into Scottsdale and the metro Phoenix area. Several boarding places are possible along Palisades, where Valley bus stops are located.
The buses arrive at 17th Avenue and Jefferson at 7:32 and 7:51 a.m., respecÂtively, after making several stops in downtown Phoenix. The return trips to Fountain Hills arrive at 5:47 and 6:24 p.m. The express route allows for connections to more than 15 Valley Metro bus routes.
The cost is $2.75 daily or $85 for a monthly pass (as of July 1, 2009). Patrons also can use their VISA, MasterÂCard, debit card or a check to pay the fare for Valley buses; for more informaÂtion call (602) 253-5000. Discount fares are available for youths 6-18 years old and seniors age 65 and older.
Long-term fares can be arranged online, through the mail, at transit centers, certain retail locations or on the bus.
The Fountain Hills Library has copies of â€œThe Bus Book,â€ which includes full details and maps of all bus routes in the greater Phoenix area. All of this and other information is available at www.valleymetro.org.