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Tue, Nov 1, 2016

Valley Metro Honors Champions for Clean Air

PHOENIX – More than 50 Maricopa County Travel Reduction Program employers and individuals took center stage to be recognized for their exceptional clean air activities this year at the 29th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards and Luncheon. In attendance were nearly 500 guests who continually support and promote trip-savings as a way to keep pollution from Valley skies.

“It’s our honor to recognize the many local employers and their employees who are making a commitment to help improve air quality and reduce congestion in the Valley,” said Valley Metro Interim CEO Scott Smith. “They are very dedicated to making a difference for all of us as they carpool, vanpool, walk, bike or ride transit to work or school.”

According to the Valley Metro Transportation Demand Management survey, about one fifth (21%) of employed residents or students carpool, which is the highest level since 2008. At the same time, there are nearly 400 Valley Metro vanpools in operation that help save 4.3 million of drive alone miles and 175,000 gallons of fuel each month.

“While riding the bus and train, I pay bills, study and hunt for Pokemon,” said Gustavo Garcia with Charles Schwab in Phoenix. “The best part, though, it saves me more than $300 in fuel each month.” Garcia is the recipient of the Outstanding Transit Rider award and takes transit to work five days a week.

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Valley Metro Interim CEO Scott Smith, Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro RPTA Board Member Thelda Williams, Clean Air Campaign Awards Winner Gustavo Garcia and Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Mark Mitchell.

Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including carpool, vanpool, bus, light rail, telework, bicycling and walking. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit

2016 Clean Air Campaign Award Winners:

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – 50-250 employees
Adrienne Encinas – Desert Botanical Garden

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – 251-500 employees
Darlene Stogner – Bechtel Corporation

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – More than 500 employees – Public Employer
Sue Taaffe – City of Tempe

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – More than 500 employees – Private Employer
Benny Rios – Bank of America

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – 50-250 employees
VZB Communications, Inc.

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – 251-500 employees

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – More than 500 employees – Public Employer
City of Peoria

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – More than 500 employees – Private Employer
Charles Schwab

Outstanding Leadership
Glenn Rufrano, VEREIT, Inc.

Outstanding Marketing & Creativity – Event or Campaign – Less than $500 budget
City of Avondale

Outstanding Marketing & Creativity – Event or Campaign – More than $500 budget
City of Mesa Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

Outstanding Bike Program
City of Tempe

Outstanding Commuter – Bus or Light Rail Rider
Gustavo Garcia – Charles Schwab

Outstanding Commuter – Carpooler or Vanpooler
Roberto Olivas and Santos Gaxiola – Town of Paradise Valley

Outstanding Commuter – Bicyclist or Walker
Ben Connor – Charles Schwab

Outstanding Multi-modal User
Veronica Nixon – Desert Botanical Garden

MAG Livable Communities
City of Avondale

Corporate Sustainability – 50-499 Employees
First Transit West Transit Facility

Corporate Sustainability – 500-1,500 Employees
Express Scripts, Inc.

Corporate Sustainability – More than 1,500 Employees

People’s Choice Most Creative Bulletin Board
Cochise Elementary

Blue Sky Award
Sean McLaughlin, CBS 5

About and other Valley Metro Commute Solutions programs are sponsored by the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments and the Maricopa Air Quality Department.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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