The emergence of a regional transit agency in the Valley began on March 1, 2012 with Steve Banta taking on the role as the single Chief Executive Officer for two very distinct transit systems: Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and Valley Metro Rail. The Boards for each agreed that Banta would lead the integration of both agencies with a goal of creating new efficiencies and enhancing regional transit service. The unified, restructured Valley Metro provides benefits now for riders and their communities and accommodates future growth of the regional system.
Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA)
In 1993, the Valley Metro board adopted the name Valley Metro as the identity for the regional transit system in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Under the Valley Metro brand, local governments joined to fund the Valley-wide transit system that the public sees on the streets today. Valley Metro Board member agencies include Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Maricopa County, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Wickenburg.
Valley Metro Rail
In 2002, Valley Metro Rail Inc., a nonprofit, public corporation is formed and charged with the design, construction and operation of the region’s 57-mile high-capacity transit system. Valley Metro Rail Board member cities include Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Glendale and Chandler. This Board establishes overall policies and provides general oversight of the agency and its responsibilities
Valley Metro services:
- Local, LINK, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
- Light rail
- Neighborhood circulators
- Rural route
- Vanpool service
- Online carpool and vanpool matching system
- Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals through alternative modes of transportation (bus, light rail, carpool, vanpool, bike, telework, etc.)