New stop is located at Walmart on West Main Street

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FARMINGTON — A Navajo Transit System route that provides service to the west side of Farmington has relocated one of its bus stops.

The public transportation system, which is operated by the Navajo Nation, moved its bus stop for Route 7a and Route 7b from American Home Furniture and Mattress on West Broadway Avenue to the Walmart at 1400 W. Main St.

Harrison Smith, fleet service manager for the transit system, said notices about the change of stop were posted in December, and service recently started at the new location.

"It's all geared toward mobility for the nation," Smith said adding the stop will provide convenience to passengers who want to shop in the area.

He added the transit system offers similar services in Gallup, where it is used by several tribal members.

Farmington City Attorney Jennifer Breakell said a memorandum of understanding between the Navajo Nation and the city to establish the stop for the Navajo Transit System and Red Apple Transit is under review.

The tribe's bus service operates Route 7a on Mondays and Fridays and Route 7b on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Both routes have service in the morning and afternoon.

Route 7a departs Newcomb at 5:30 a.m. and travels to Shiprock, Kirtland and Farmington, then returns to those communities before continuing to Sheep Springs, Naschitti, Tohatchi, Yatahey, Window Rock and Fort Defiance.

It starts the return route from Fort Defiance at 2:05 p.m.

Route 7b starts in Newcomb at 5:30 a.m. and goes to Shiprock, Kirtland and Farmington, then returns to Shiprock at 7:54 a.m.

It resumes service in Shiprock at 4 p.m., then travels to Kirtland, Farmington before returning to Newcomb at 6:35 p.m.

The bus fare is $2 per person for a round-trip ticket.

Smith said another project the transit system continues to work on involves establishing bus service in Shiprock.

The transit system is collaborating with Shiprock Chapter and the Navajo Division of Transportation to begin that service, he said.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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