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Fri, Nov 21, 2014

19th Avenue is Open for Holiday Shoppers

PHOENIX, AZ – Northwest Phoenix light rail construction is taking a holiday along 19th Avenue with all major intersections open for travel. Valley Metro has partnered with the city of Phoenix and the light rail contractor, Sundt Stacy & Witbeck, to accelerate the schedule for roadway widening at Bethany Home Road and Northern Avenue. The advancement of construction activity will result in fewer traffic restrictions and increased access to popular shopping destinations.

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“Maintaining access to every business along 19th Avenue is key during all phases of light rail construction,” said Marty Spong, Valley Metro Construction Manager. “During this time of year, it’s especially important to continue to encourage residents to shop nearby and support their locally-owned storefronts.”

Beginning Thanksgiving Day, November 27 through Thursday, January 1, shoppers along 19th Avenue can expect full access at all major intersections. Visual signs of progress are evident with laid track, new street paving, curbs, gutters and sidewalks throughout the light rail alignment.

Valley Metro continues to support businesses along 19th Avenue through the METRO Max Rewards program, which focuses on special discount offers, and a Shop On Win On campaign that engages local businesses and their patrons with social media and business raffle contests.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Valley Metro Hosts Public Meeting on Tempe Streetcar

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is hosting a public meeting to give an update and request input on recommendations for the modified Tempe Streetcar route, stop locations and traffic configuration. The three-mile proposed Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) includes a one-mile downtown counter-clockwise loop on Mill and Ash avenues connecting to bi-directional service along Apache Boulevard and Rio Salado Parkway.

Public Open House
Monday, December 1

6 - 8 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - presentation
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Room
200 E. Fifth Street
Tempe (map)

Tempe Streetcar is a long-term investment that can serve future high-density development while providing enhanced mobility for the region. The project is identified in the Regional Transportation Plan approved by voters in 2004 with the passage of Proposition 400. In April 2013, the Federal Transit Administration approved Valley Metro to enter Project Development under the Small Starts program, marking the first step in receiving federal project approval and ultimately federal funds to build the extension.

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Terry Gruver at 602-744-5546/TTY 602-251-2039 or tgruver@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/tempestreetcar.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Transit Schedules for Upcoming Holidays

PHOENIX, AZ — Valley Metro would like to wish all riders a happy holiday season and to remind them of upcoming changes to bus and light rail schedules. 

    Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27
  • Bus and light rail will run on a Sunday schedule
  • Customer Service closed
    Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28
  • Bus and light rail will run on a Sunday schedule
  • Customer Service open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24
  • Bus and light rail will run on a Sunday schedule
  • Customer Service open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25
  • Bus and light rail will run on a Sunday schedule
  • Customer Service closed
    New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31
  • Coors Light Free Rides® on all bus, light rail and Dial-a-Ride services begins at 7 p.m. through end of service day
  • Light rail will operate a weekday schedule with extended hours until 2 a.m. to accommodate event crowds
  • Buses will operate a regular weekday schedule
  • Buses in Tempe will offer enhanced service to accommodate event crowds
  • Customer Service open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1
  • Buses and light rail will operate a Sunday schedule
  • Customer Service will be closed

Riders can easily access a menu of online tools, including Ridekick, the new, streamlined mobile app that helps plan trips with up-to-the-minute arrival times.
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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Tue, Nov 4, 2014

Public Asked for Input on April 2015 Service Changes

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro asks riders to offer their input on proposed changes to bus service that would take effect on Monday, April 27, 2015. Bus routes that operate in the areas of Buckeye, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe may be adjusted to better serve riders and streamline the regional network of bus routes.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, December 2 to gather feedback and respond to questions about the proposed service changes:

Open House: 5-5:30 p.m.
Hearing: 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Valley Metro Boardroom
101 N. 1st Ave., 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

The public comment period is ongoing until Friday, December 5.

Details about proposed service changes are available online and input can be provided with an online comment card. Comments can also be sent to input@valleymetro.org or mailed to:

Valley Metro Community Relations
Attn: Service Changes
101 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 1300
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Service changes occur twice a year as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. For more information, visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges. The next round of service changes will occur in October 2015.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Valley Metro Celebrates Clean Air Champs

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is pleased to announce the winners of the 27th annual Clean Air Campaign Awards that honored 25 individuals and organizations who have made special efforts to improve air quality in the Valley.

“It’s a pleasure to honor those who are working creatively on our behalf to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion,” said Valley Metro Rail Board Chair, Valley Metro RPTA Board member and Mesa Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh. “The demand for new light rail extensions and added bus service is proof that commuters are seeking viable travel alternatives.”

Today’s awards ceremony caps off year-long efforts by organizations with 50 or more employees that take part in the Maricopa County Trip Reduction Program.

“This day serves as an important reminder that air quality is not confined to city borders and is an issue that affects everyone,” said Valley Metro RPTA Board Treasurer, Valley Metro Rail Board member and Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood. “While we’ve made great strides in building the Valley’s transit network over the past ten years, we should look down the road to add transit services for the next generation.”

Representing Valley Metro, Kavanaugh and Sherwood presented remarks about recent and anticipated transit progress prior to the award announcements.

Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including bus, light rail, carpool, vanpool, compressed work weeks, telecommute, bicycle and walking as a way for organizations to their meet annual trip reduction goals. Partnering organizations that help sponsor the Clean Air Campaign include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department and SRP.

Follow the conversation Thursday on Twitter at #CleanAirChamps. To learn more about transit options, visit valleymetro.org. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit sharetheride.com.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Wed, Oct 8, 2014

Open Houses Give Public Update on South Central Project

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro will host two informational open house meetings to update the public and local business owners on the South Central Phoenix Light Rail Extension. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about recommended station locations, traffic lanes on Central Avenue and next steps. Valley Metro staff will be available to answer questions about the project.

Wednesday, October 22
Public Open House

5 - 7 p.m. 
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix (map)

Thursday, October 23
Business Owners Open House

Meeting 1: 8 – 10 a.m.
Meeting 2: 5 – 7 p.m.
Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix (map)

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Sonya Pastor LaSota at 602.744.5584/TTY 602.251.2039 or spastor@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/southcentral.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72.1 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Mon, Oct 6, 2014

Service Changes Take Effect on Monday, October 27

PHOENIX, AZ – Adjustments to 24 Valley Metro bus routes take effect on Monday, October 27. Changes are made twice each year, in April and October, to help refine the service that is provided to 200,000 daily riders. In addition to changes, service will be added to the new Avondale park-and-ride, Sun City’s Banner Boswell Medical Center and Scottsdale’s SkySong business park.

“This fall, riders will primarily experience positive changes in bus service as we advance the region’s total transit network,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Service to new destinations will help give residents more reasons to use transit, which is trending both locally and nationally.”

Click here for complete detail of all service changes.

The newest edition of the Valley Metro e-Transit Book is now available. The theme is “we are all connected” and that everyone benefits from transit through positive economic impacts, reduced congestion and improved air quality. Along with the Transit Book, Valley Metro also presents a new menu of online tools including e-schedule, NextRide, trip planner and the new mobile app, RideKick™, available later this fall.

Service changes occur twice a year as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. For more information, visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges. The next round of service changes will occur in April 2015 with public input on potential service changes taking place in November 2014.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Furry Carpoolers Kick Off Rideshare Month

PHOENIX, AZ – October in the Valley means cooler weather, football games and Rideshare Month! The public is invited to join Valley Metro and some of the Valley’s most unique commuters at the annual Rideshare Month kick-off on Friday, September 26.

Join the party:

Who:
Everyone is invited!

What:
Rideshare Month is an annual event that encourages use of alternative commute options to help reduce emissions from vehicle use, decrease congestion and conserve energy. Commuters are encouraged to sign a pledge and rideshare during October.

Where:
CityScape’s Patriots Square
1 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix

When:
Friday, September 26, 2014
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Why:
Why not? Grab some snacks, take a picture of local mascot celebs and enter to win some great stuff. And, learn more about commute options, then make your pledge.

What else:
Listen to music by The Black Horse Band

Host:
Special guest mascots including D-Baxter, Howler, Sparky and the Valley Metro Commute Solutions team.

furry friends

Commuters in Maricopa County are encouraged to help reduce vehicle emissions and traffic congestion by taking transit, carpool, vanpool, work from home, bicycle or walk.  Tools to make it easy include the Commute Tracker at ShareTheRide.com. Log daily commute activities and receive points for a chance to win more prizes! Transit schedules are available at valleymetro.org.

Local organizations are also asked to be part of the Rideshare Month activities by participating in the Employer Challenge October 5 - 11. They can encourage their employees to leave their cars at home at least once a week and compete to see who gets the most participation.

Rideshare Month is sponsored by the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments and Maricopa County 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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Service Updates on September 8

Riders—the following information will be updated as service is affected by flooded streets/freeways. Please see below for bus route impacts in the East Valley due to flooding on local streets:

Route 40 Westbound Westbound lane closed between Stapley and Mesa Dr.
Westbound buses will travel on Main St. west to Stapley; north on Stapley to University; west on University to Mesa Dr.; south on Mesa Dr. to Main St.; the regular route resumes at Main and Mesa Dr.

Route 45 Eastbound and Westbound
48th St. south to Roeser between 16th St. and 24th St.

Route 48 Southbound and Northbound 52nd St. closed between University and Broadway
Southbound buses travel on 52nd St. to University; west on University to SR-143; south on SR-143 and resume regular route at 48th St. and Broadway
Eastbound buses travel on 48th St. at Broadway—continue north on to SR-143; east on University to 52nd St.; north on 52nd St. to resume regular route

Route 77 Eastbound and Westbound The south side of Baseline Rd. is closed due to flooding between 35th Ave. and 48th St. All eastbound Route 77 buses will travel on Southern between 35th Ave. and 48th St.
Westbound buses will be re-routed to avoid the intersection at 35th Ave. and Baseline Rd. Buses re-routed at 27th Ave. to Southern; west on Southern to 35th Ave.; south on 35th Ave. to Baseline to resume the regular route.

Route 81 North and Southbound Hayden is closed between Indian School Road and Camelback
Northbound buses take regular route to Indian School Road; west on Indian School Rd. to Scottsdale; north on Scottsdale Rd. to McDonald; east on McDonald to Hayden to resume regular route
Southbound buses take regular route to McDonald; west on McDonald to Scottsdale Rd.; south on Scottsdale Rd. to Indian School Rd.; east on Indian School Rd. to Hayden to resume regular route

Route 108 Eastbound and Westbound Street closed due to flooding between Elliot and Warner and downed power poles on 48th St. south of Warner
Westbound buses go westbound on 54th St, right on 54th St., to Ray Rd., left on Ray Rd. to 48th St., right on 48th St to resume regular route.
Eastbound buses will originate at the IKEA parking lot and travel east on Ruby Dr. to Priest; south on Priest to Warner; west on Warner to the Warner/Elliot loop; continue on the loop until it turns into Elliot and resume regular route at 48th St. and Elliot

Route 112 Northbound and Southbound Closed between Southern and Main due to flooding
Northbound buses travel north on Arizona Avenue to Southern; west on Southern to Alma School; north on Alma School to Main Street; east on Main to Arizona Avenue then resume regular route
Southbound buses go south on Arizona Avenue to Main Street; west on Main to Alma School; south on Alma School to Southern; east on Southern to Arizona Avenue and then resume regular route.

Route 136 Northbound
Northbound lanes closed between Juniper St. and Guadalupe Rd. Bus will go right on Elliot to Lindsay, left to Guadalupe Rd. to Gilbert Rd. and right on Gilbert to resume regular service.

Route 156 Westbound Detoured due to flooding. Regular route to 54th St., right on Southgate Dr. to 54th St., left on Chandler Blvd to resume regular route

Arizona Avenue LINK Northbound and Southbound Country Club closed between Southern and Main due to flooding
Northbound buses go north on Arizona Ave. to Southern; west on Southern to Alma School; north on Alma School to Main St.; east on Main to Arizona Ave. then resume regular route
Southbound buses go south on Arizona Ave. to Main St.; west on Main to Alma School; south on Alma School to Southern; east on Southern to Arizona Ave. then resume regular route.


Other Valley Metro bus routes may be experiencing delays or detours as a result of locally flooded streets.

Light rail service is operating as scheduled.

We also provide bus and light rail updates on Facebook and Twitter.



Fri, Aug 29, 2014

Lowering Height of 62 Light Rail Fare Vending Machines

PHOENIX, AZ – Purchasing fares along the Valley Metro Rail line is becoming easier for many riders. With the lowering of 62 fare vending machines over the next three years, Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix are helping improve accessibility for everyone. The adaptation was prompted by Phoenix Councilmember Kate Gallego after a local veteran in a mobility device asked her for assistance in purchasing a transit pass.

“I’m proud that we are creating improved accessibility along the light rail line for all people with disabilities, including our veterans who rely on public transit who helped me to understand their challenges,” said Phoenix Councilmember Kate Gallego. “Making our system as accessible as possible isn’t just good for our passengers, it’s the right thing to do.”

While the fare vending machines along the 20-mile line meet height requirements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, it was determined that lowering the pedestals under the machines would help all riders with purchasing fares. One fare vending machine at each station entryway will be lowered for a total of 62 machines. On future extensions, the lower pedestal will also be used.

“As a longtime advocate for public transit, I regularly hear how much the light rail system means for our residents with disabilities. They appreciate its ease of use, and by making today’s changes we’re making an already good system even better,” said Valley Metro Rail Vice Chair, Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams.

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From left: Ted Vogt, director, Arizona Director of Veterans Affairs; Arizona State Veterans Home resident, Sgt. Master John Bradley; Valley Metro Rail Vice Chair, Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams; and Phoenix Councilmember Kate Gallego

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At the Central/Indian School station, fare vending machine at right is lowered by six inches.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Thank You Event Honors U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor

On Thursday, August 14, U.S.Congressman Ed Pastor received numerous heartfelt accolades for his contribution to public transportation in the metro Phoenix region.

National and local officials, friends and family members of Congressman Pastor joined together to show their appreciation for representing the Phoenix area in the U.S.Congress and to celebrate his 2014 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Distinguished Service Award. Following official remarks, a Valley Metro Rail train arrived at the Central and Roosevelt station with a unique wrap depicting projects that were made possible through Pastor’s support and advocacy in Washington D.C. Pastor will retire from office later this year after serving as a congressional representative for 23 years.

train wrap

Above: Brian Tynan, American Public Transportation Association Government Relations Director; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; U.S.Congressman Ed Pastor; and Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. Below: Valley Metro Rail train wrap featuring photos of projects that have received federal funding support due to Congressman Pastor.

train wrap

Appreciation event sponsors: HDR, Parsons Brinckerhoff and URS.



Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Look for New Transit Pass Designs

Valley Metro and the Phoenix Public Transit Department are introducing out new artwork for the region’s transit passes. The color-coded passes have been developed to make identification of fare media easier. All new pass types are expected to be in circulation by the end of 2015.  Passes with the current look remain valid and will continue to be honored and will be sold until inventory is gone.

Current pass


Current pass

New colors and designs

• GREEN: Local fare pass
• RED: Reduced fare pass
• BLUE: RAPID/Express passes
• YELLOW: Passes purchased at the farebox or a fare vending machine

NEW PASSES

New passes

NEW PASSES PURCHASED AT A FAREBOX & FARE VENDING MACHINES

New pass

New pass Info

• New passes begin distribution in July to retail outlets
• 1-Day Pass is same as All-Day Pass
• Current passes will continue to be sold until inventory is gone
•  New passes will be available at retailers, transit centers, employers or online



Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Community Celebrates Progress of the Northwest Light Rail Extension

On Saturday, July 12, the Northwest Phoenix community, along with national and local officials, celebrated the significant construction progress on the 3.2-mile Northwest Phoenix light rail extension. The First Track Celebration, on 19th Avenue, commemorated a significant milestone as the project nears the halfway point. 

Event Videos

Northwest Phoenix First Track Celebration
Northwest Phoenix First Track Ceremony Speeches

“The Valley’s light rail system is one of the most successful in the country, ranking at the top in ridership,” said U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor. “We’re not going to stop here. We’re going to continue to build a regional transit system that will serve our growing community.”

Joining Pastor on Saturday were Phoenix officials including Mayor Greg Stanton, Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela, Councilmember Kate Gallego and Valley Metro Rail Board Vice Chair, Councilmember Thelda Williams. They also offered remarks prior to the placement of the First Track plaque in the guideway.

“This is an important milestone for Phoenix residents,” said Stanton. “It is projects like this that create jobs in the community. This is how you help grow the economy – by building the city of Phoenix through infrastructure.”

Valenzuela, who represents the Phoenix district where the light rail extension travels, served as host of the ceremony. According to Valenzuela, “The Northwest Extension will bring approximately 5,000 new riders to light rail every day. It’s about making life’s appointments. People in this community need access to transportation to get to doctor’s visits, to school and to work.”

Local residents and businesses enjoyed Saturday’s celebration, which featured a “state fair” midway with games, food, construction equipment and entertainment. Guests watched as elected officials placed the ceremonial plaque in the area where the first track was laid. Everyone in attendance also received a commemorative milestone magnet, the second of five in a series.

The Northwest Phoenix light rail extension will extend light rail from Montebello to Dunlap avenues and is expected to open in 2016.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton assists with placement of the first track.
Mayor Stanton

Families enjoying crafts and games in the state-fair themed midway.
Families

Plaque ceremony (from left to right): Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher, Phoenix Councilmember Kate Gallego, Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams, Phoenix Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela (front), U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, Sundt President Dave Crawford, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta
Plaque ceremony

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Valley Metro Announces the Hiring of Two Key Manager Positions

Diana Valley Metro announces the hiring of two key manager positions that will assist in better serving customers and providing enhanced technology solutions for the agency.

Diana Kebbekus is the new Manager of the Customer Service Department. Diana will oversee the Valley Metro call center and manage a team of Customer Service Representatives who respond to customer inquiries. She has an extensive customer service background, having managed call centers at Sigma Aldrich, GSI Commerce and, most recently, Deckers Outdoor Corporation. Diana has successfully developed and implemented best practices for team training and for increasing customer satisfaction. 

Scott Debi has joined the Valley Metro team as Manager of Information Technology Services. Scott Debi Most recently, Scott worked at Grand Canyon University where he served as the IT Infrastructure Manager of the University Online Learning application which supported over 40,000 students. Scott brings more than 20 years of technology experience from companies such as Motorola, IBM and Insight Enterprises.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Wed, Jul 2, 2014

July 4th Transit Schedules Enhanced to Accommodate Evening Events

Valley Metro will enhance light rail and Tempe bus service to support special events occurring on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014. All other bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Express/RAPID bus service and Customer Service will be closed for the holiday.

LIGHT RAIL

Trains will ramp up from 20-minute holiday service to every 10 minutes between 5 p.m. and midnight. Service will be extended until 2 a.m Saturday morning with 20-minute frequency beginning at midnight. Expect greater use of trains and park-and-rides on this day; please plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination.

TEMPE BUS SERVICE

To accommodate July 4 festivities at Tempe Town Lake, buses in Tempe will transition from holiday-Sunday service to a more frequent schedule after 5 p.m. Many downtown Tempe bus and Orbit routes will run every 15 minutes northbound to the Tempe Transportation Center until 9 p.m. All buses will run a Sunday schedule between 9 – 10 p.m. Return service will run as needed from 10 p.m. until midnight on designated southbound routes. Click here for specific route information.

MESA BUS SERVICE

Mesa is extending service on Route 40 to 11 p.m. to accommodate July 4th activities.

PLAN AHEAD

Purchasing transit fare in advance helps save time and saves money when riding the bus. Passes can be purchased at a fare vending machine, retail outlet or a transit center. To find locations of pass sales outlets, click here. For more information or to plan your trip, visit valleymetro.org or call 602.253.5000.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Track Installation Begins on Northwest Extension

Valley Metro is nearing the halfway point of construction on the Northwest Phoenix light rail extension on 19th Avenue. Crews will begin to embed rail into the trackway, marking a significant construction milestone. To commemorate this achievement, Valley Metro is hosting a First Track celebration.

WHO:  U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor (invited); Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Sundt CEO Dave Crawford; Phoenix Councilmembers Daniel Valenzuela, Thelda Williams, Laura Pastor; and 19th Avenue businesses and residents.

WHAT:  Community celebration and commemorative ceremony with placement of first track near Dunlap and 19th avenues. Event will feature a “state fair” midway with games, free food and entertainment. Guests will also receive a commemorative milestone magnet, the second of five in a series.

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7 - 10 a.m., 7:15 a.m. Ceremony

WHERE: Southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap. Click here for official invitation, map and parking instructions.

INTERVIEWS: Elected officials, project experts and residents

VISUALS: Official placement of a plaque near first rail in the trackway; guests enjoying “state fair” food, games and activities

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Valley Metro Kicks Off “Shop On (Win On) Main Street” Contest

July 4th is a time to reflect on the greatness of our nation and to remind ourselves that the American Dream is alive and well. Just look at Main Street in Central Mesa. From long-standing restaurants to modern shops, art galleries and upscale entertainment, dozens of local entrepreneurs show us that hard work and dedication really do pay off.

To celebrate these businesses, and to encourage local shopping along the future light rail line on Main Street, Valley Metro is launching the “Shop On (Win On) Main Street” contest. Local shoppers can win one of several themed gift packages by visiting METRO Max businesses in the construction area.

  CONTEST INFO (two ways to win)

1.) Business Raffle
a. Visit facebook.com/valleymetro for raffle locations
b. Stop by a participating METRO Max business and complete raffle entry form

2.) Facebook & Twitter
a. Take a selfie at any METRO Max business
b. Post with business name & #ShopOnWinOn to:
      @valleymetro
      Facebook.com/valleymetro

The contest will kick off July 4th at the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom event in downtown Mesa. Valley Metro will be handing out goodies, contest information and giving away prizes between 6–10:30 p.m. at its booth near the Mesa Convention Center. 

For raffle drawing dates, locations and complete contest rules, visit valleymetro.org/metromax.

METRO Max Rewards is a discount program that lets shoppers enjoy exclusive savings from one-of-a-kind places along future light rail extensions. Sign up for a METRO Max card at valleymetro.org/metromax.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Mon, Jun 23, 2014

Valley Metro & Valley Metro Rail Elect New Board Officers

Valley Metro and Valley Metro Rail transit boards have elected new officers for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 term.

Valley Metro is the regional public transportation authority providing public transit and rideshare services in the greater Phoenix area. The agency receives policy direction from elected officials representing 15 member cities and the county. Elected to serve as Valley Metro RPTA (Regional Public Transportation Authority) Board officers:

Chair – Chandler Councilmember Trinity Donovan
Trinity Donovan
Vice Chair – Avondale Councilmember Jim McDonald
Jim
Treasurer – Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood
Gary

Valley Metro Rail operates, maintains and expands the light rail/high-capacity system in the greater Phoenix area. The Board is comprised of five local elected officials who provide policy direction for rail service. Elected to serve as Valley Metro Rail Board officers:

Chair – Mesa Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh
Dennis
Vice Chair – Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams
Thelda

“I value the support and involvement of the new leadership on both transit boards and anticipate a busy year ahead as we continue to build upon our regional transit services in the Valley,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. The leadership for each board will serve a one-year term through June 30, 2015. Click here for more information about the members of both Boards of Directors.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Valley Metro Bus Operator Commended for Stopping Wrong-Way Driver

Bus operators do more than drive – they are an extra set of eyes and ears on the street, always aware of their surroundings, ensuring the safety of passengers and others on the roads. Valley Metro express bus operator, Tyrone Nelson, is an example of an alert driver in action.

“Valley Metro operators serve as more than drivers, they are an integral part of daily life in the communities they serve,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Tyrone’s actions were critical in helping protect the public and we thank him for his quick-thinking.” 

Tyrone was returning to the ValuTrans bus yard on May 23, 2014 at approximately 7 a.m. when he was able to deter a wrong-way driver on a Grand Avenue exit ramp at Camelback Road and 43rd Avenue (a very busy Phoenix-area road). Tyrone took quick action by stopping the bus, activating his four-way flashers and using the bus horn to get the attention of the driver in a small pick-up truck. Tyrone also called a supervisor for assistance. Due to Tyrone’s actions, the driver of the pick-up truck realized his error and turned his truck around to travel the correct direction on the off-ramp. Tyrone used defensive driving techniques to help save the driver and others from potential serious harm.

To commend his heroic actions, Tyrone was recognized at the June 19 Valley Metro Board meeting and commended by the Phoenix Police Department. As a part of regular instruction, bus operators receive Transportation on Patrol training provided by Phoenix Police. The training equips them with the skills to prevent accidents on streets and roadways.

Photo caption: Bus operator Tyrone Nelson receives recognition from Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO.

Tyrone and Steve

About ValuTrans: ValuTrans is a division of Total Transit, a contractor providing bus operations for Valley Metro.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Wed, Jun 11, 2014

National Dump the Pump Day is June 19

Valley Metro is asking local residents to Dump the Pump on Thursday, June 19 by taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, bicycling or walking to work instead of driving alone. It’s part of a national effort by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to help reduce fuel consumption. This year more than 100 transit agencies across the country are taking part.

“We are beginning to see the Valley’s reliance on cars start to lessen as public transportation options increase and people become more concerned with the environment, traffic congestion and the cost of gas,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “Dump the Pump day is a good way to encourage people to try an alternative mode of transportation for the first time.” 

Valley residents who pledge to dump the pump will be entered to win a staycation at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Pledge online today through June 19. Click here for the online pledge form. Click here to plan your transit trip. Click here to find a carpool, vanpool or to learn about other alternative modes of transportation. 

Valley Metro will also host several Dump the Pump events on Thursday, June 19 to hand out goodies and thank people for dumping the pump.

DUMP THE PUMP EVENTS

Thursday, June 19
5:30 – 7:30 a.m.: Shea/SR 51 park-and-ride, Phoenix Councilmember Bill Gates (7 – 7:30 a.m.)
5:30 – 8 a.m.: Glendale park-and-ride, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers and Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood (6 – 8 a.m.)
5:30 – 8 a.m.: Sycamore Transit Center, Mesa Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh (6:30 a.m.)

To learn more, visit valleymetro.org and join the Dump the Pump conversation with #dumpthepump. 

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Fri, May 30, 2014

Valley Metro CEO Honored by the Business Journal

PHOENIX, AZ – Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO, was honored as one of Phoenix’s Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 29. According to the Business Journal, the recipients are selected based on the understanding that a good leader means more than just running their company. The intention of the award is to give worthy individuals the recognition deserved and use their example as inspiration for other companies and business leaders to achieve similar success.

award

Valley Metro Board Chair, Mesa Councilmember Scott Somers (left); Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO; Valley Metro Rail and Valley Metro Board member, Tempe Councilmember Shana Ellis (right)

“True leadership means standing firmly on your convictions despite outside pressure to move or step off,” said Banta. “I am grateful for this honor, which is shared with our Valley Metro Boards of Directors and staff who make daily strides to advance transit in the Valley.”

As CEO of Valley Metro, Banta oversees a dynamic bus and light rail system transporting 250,000 passengers daily. While managing an annual budget of $364 million, Banta partners with member cities to operate 100 local and express bus routes and a 20-mile light rail system. Banta is also charged with the planning, design and construction of 40 additional miles of future high capacity/rail extensions.

He has served in the public transit industry for 27 years, starting his career repairing rail cars in San Diego. Banta has worked in progressively responsible positions for several other public transit agencies, including in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Portland.


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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Thu, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day Bus and Light Rail Schedule

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 26, 2014, buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Express or RAPID service and Customer Service will be closed. For more information or to plan a trip, visit valleymetro.org.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Mon, May 12, 2014

Valley Metro Hosts Two Public Meetings on Light Rail Station Feasibility Study in Phoenix

Valley Metro, in coordination with the City of Phoenix, is concluding a study to evaluate the feasibility of adding light rail stations in the Washington Street corridor near 48th Street and 16th Street. There will be a public meeting for each location to discuss the study results.

Washington Street Corridor near 48th Street

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
4 - 6 p.m. 
Disability Empowerment Center, Conference Center
5025 E. Washington Street, Phoenix (map)
The Disability Empowerment Center is accessible via Route 3 (Van Buren/Washington) and is 8/10ths of a mile from the 44th Street & Washington light rail station.

Washington/Jefferson Street Corridor near 16th Street

Thursday, May 22, 2014
4 - 6 p.m.
Eastlake Community Center
1549 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix (map)
The Eastlake Community Center is accessible via Route 1 (Washington), Route 16 (16th Street), and is approximately a half-mile from the 12th Street light rail station.

Both meetings will be conducted in an open house format from 4 – 6 p.m. with a formal presentation at 4:30 p.m. For additional information or to make accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Dolores Nolan, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 602-523-6070 or dnolan@valleymetro.org, TTY: 602-251-2039.



Thu, May 8, 2014

Valley Metro Hosts Meeting on West Phoenix / Central Glendale Transit Study

Valley Metro will host an informational meeting to update the public on the West Phoenix / Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study. This is a study of options for providing enhanced transit service to the area of 19th Avenue to the east, Loop 101 to the west, Northern Avenue to the north and Camelback Road to the south. Valley Metro staff will provide an update on the status of the study.

Wednesday, May 28

6 - 8 p.m.
Grand Canyon University
CAS Building #6, Rooms 139/140    
3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (map)

A presentation will begin at 6:30, followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Megan Casey at 602.495.8274/TTY 602-251-2039 or mcasey@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/glendale.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Mon, May 5, 2014

Keep it Cool This Summer While Riding Transit

They say it’s a dry heat but the Valley’s summer sun is brutal if you’re not prepared. That’s why Valley Metro is encouraging riders to stay cool this summer as they plan their transit trips. Here are some cool tips for riders as they walk to bus stops and train stations:

1. Always carry water. Containers with spill-proof lids are allowed on buses and light rail.
2. Plan your trip. Use NextRide for real-time schedule info to reduce wait times.
3. Create your own shade by using a small umbrella or by wearing a hat.
4. Always wear sunscreen.

Click here for more tips to help Keep it Cool this summer and to access coupons for cool treats.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Fri, May 2, 2014

Valley Metro and MAG Launch Southeast Valley Transit System Study

Valley Metro and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) are jointly conducting the Southeast Valley Transit System Study, which will evaluate the existing transit system and needs of the community to provide recommendations for the future. The study will include the following areas:

Apache Junction              
Chandler
Florence
Gila River Indian Community
Gilbert
Guadalupe
Maricopa
Mesa
Southeast Phoenix
Queen Creek
Tempe
Maricopa and Pinal Counties (surrounding portions)

Valley Metro and MAG are asking residents who live in the study area to complete an online survey to provide their input. The survey is available now through Wednesday, June 11 and can be accessed by clicking here.

The purpose of the Southeast Valley Transit System Study (SEVTSS) is to identify short, mid and long-term recommendations that will advance public transit in the area. The study will evaluate existing transit conditions and provide an analysis of future needs. The final report will be finalized at the end of summer 2015. For more information, visit www.valleymetro.org/SEVTSS or contact Sonya Pastor La Sota at 602.744.5584 / spastor@valleymetro.org.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

About MAG: The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Metropolitan Planning Organization and Council of Governments that develops policies and makes decisions in areas such as transportation, air quality, water quality, solid waste and human services.  MAG is made up of Valley communities working together to ensure a better quality of life for approximately four million residents in the Maricopa region.  MAG consists of 27 incorporated cities and towns, three Native American Indian Communities, Maricopa County, and portions of Pinal County.  The Regional Council serves as the governing board and includes representatives from the above agencies, as well as the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee. MAG is the forum for ensuring an effective allocation of regional resources.

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Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Valley Metro Unveils Winning Artwork from Design a Transit Wrap Contest

High school art students from across the Valley took part in the 14th Annual Design a Transit Wrap Contest, showcasing their creativity for a chance to have their artwork featured on a bus and light rail train for an entire year. This year’s winner is Arcadia High School senior John Reniewicki, whose design and slogan – Ride On - took home the grand prize. John’s design was unveiled during a lunchtime ceremony on Thursday, April 24.

“As a longtime supporter of the regional transit system, I am proud to see Phoenix students recognized for their creativity and dedication to public transit.  As young people change their habits and drive less, public transit is only going to become more important to the vitality of our city.  This contest is an excellent way to engage our transit riders of the future,” said Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, Valley Metro Rail board member.

More than 120 students from 20 different schools entered the contest. This is the first time a Scottsdale Unified High School District student has won the contest. Students at Arcadia High School also produced the second and third place designs.

“We are thrilled Scottsdale Unified students are being recognized for their talents and commitment to public transit,” said Valley Metro Board Member and City of Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp. “John’s design highlights the importance of our transit system in an imaginative, engaging way.” 

“Public transit is an important issue for high school students,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “This contest helps us to connect to a younger generation that is choosing to use transit. We are grateful for their ridership and ongoing support of our transit system.”

This year’s judging panel was made up of representatives from cities, school districts, and local businesses. The Design a Transit Wrap contest is part of a larger effort to spread awareness about the benefits of public transit. Click here for more information on Valley Metro’s education programs.

This year’s winning design
2014 Winning Design

(From left to right – Valley Metro Board Member and Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp, 2nd place winner Tia Schmittenberg,1st place winner John Reniewicki, 3rd place winner Sophie Lindemann, Valley Metro Community Relations Coordinator Dolores Nolan, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta
2014 winners

2014 Design a Transit Wrap Contest 1st Place Winner John Reniewicki
2014 Winner John Reniewicki

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Solar Project Begins at Light Rail Facility

PHOENIX, AZ – Installation of a solar plant capable of generating 780 kW of energy annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions will begin at the Valley Metro light rail operations and maintenance facility in Phoenix. Award of the design-build construction contract to Natural Power and Energy, LLC was recently approved by the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors.

“Adding solar as an energy source expands our menu of daily sustainable practices at Valley Metro, which includes low-emissions fleet and water reclamation systems,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “We constantly strive to be a watchful consumer of energy and appreciate that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is supporting our entrance into solar power utilization.”

It is estimated to save the agency approximately 16 percent ($100,000 average per year) of the energy consumption at the facility where light rail vehicles are serviced.

Valley Metro was awarded a $2.7 million federal grant through the FTA Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas & Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program for construction and installation of the solar photo-voltaic plant. Additional funding was received through the APS Schools and Government Incentive program that provides $85,000 per year in Renewable Energy Credits for 20 years up to 40 percent ($1.36 million) of the total project cost.

Valley Metro Rail Board approved award of the contract on March 20 to Natural Power and Energy, LLC at $2,875,000. The system should be operational in fall 2014.

The 780 kW facility will produce 1.19 M kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, or enough electricity for 100 homes per year.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Mon, Mar 31, 2014

October 2014 Proposed Transit Service Changes

Valley Metro is asking for feedback on proposed service changes scheduled to take effect on October 27, 2014. Service changes occur every year as a way to develop an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. Comments on these changes are being requested between March 31, 2014 and May 2, 2014.

Summary of Proposed Changes

(City of Phoenix-operated routes are listed in bold)

  • Potential new route – Routes 28, 75, 83, 561
  • Adjust frequency/schedule –  Routes 1, 3, 10, 17, 29, 35, 41, 50, 60, 70, 72, 77, 80, 81, 106, 138, 562, 563, Miller Road Trolley
  • Modify route – Routes 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 41, 48, 50, 56, 72, 77, 96, 106, 138, 562, 563, 573, 575
  • Eliminate route – Route 511

Note: Service changes are proposed at this time and will be finalized after the public outreach process is completed. Click here to view the detailed list of proposed service changes.

Valley residents can provide feedback in several ways:

Open Houses

All proposed service change open houses have concluded. Thank you for your participation and feedback.

Webinar

View recorded webinar

Public Hearing

April 29, 2014, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Valley Metro 10th Floor Boardroom
101 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix
Persons needing disability accommodations should contact Valley Metro at 602.262.7433 or by email at kroberts@valleymetro.org.

Tweetchat

April 30, 2014, 12:00 – 1 p.m.
Using #vmservice, learn more about the proposed service changes and ask questions of @valleymetro.

Online Comment Card

Visit valleymetro.org to complete an online comment card in English or Spanish. Comment card available Monday, March 31 – Friday, May 2.

Email Valley Metro
For questions or additional information, email us at input@valleymetro.org or call Customer Service at 602.253.5000.

All comments must be received by Friday, May 2, 2014. 

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Tue, Mar 18, 2014

April is Valley Bike Month

Grab your helmets and get ready to ride! April is Valley Bike Month featuring four weeks packed with bicycling events, contests and safety education. The purpose of Valley Bike Month is to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, healthy, inexpensive and green way to commute and to encourage new riders to give cycling a try. 

Why Ride?

• Bicycling is easy. Ride straight to work or connect to bus or light rail to complete your trip.
• Bicycling improves your health and reduces stress. It burns calories, helps reduce the risk
      of heart disease
and generates stress-battling endorphins.
• Bicycling saves money. On average, cyclists can save up to $20 a day.
• Bicycling is safe. Follow the rules of the road, wear a helmet and always be aware of your surroundings.
• Bicycling is good for the environment. It reduces emissions, fuel consumption and traffic congestion.
• Bicycling is good for local businesses. Cyclists tend to shop local and
      often, supporting small neighborhood businesses which boosts the local economy.


Valley Bike Month Events

Click here for a list of all Valley Bike Month events.

Bike to the Future: Kid’s Bike Rodeo
When:  Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where:  Mesa Convention Center (Center and Main Street)
Who:    Be Bright, City of Mesa, Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Safe Kids Maricopa
        County
What:  Free family event featuring bicycle and pedestrian safety training for kids, raffle for
          bikes, scooters, skateboards and free helmets, dance crew from Radio Disney.

Valley Bike Month Prizes
April 1-30
Ride your bike for work, play or attend a biking event for a chance to win great prizes! Visit ShareTheRide.com to register, track your trips, and enter prize drawings.

Valley Bike Month Team Challenge
April 1-30 (all teams must be registered by March 24)
Invite your friends, family or coworkers to join the Valley Bike Month Team Challenge and compete with other teams for prizes. Click here to learn more. 

Valley Bike Month Deals
Hop on your bicycle and stop by several Valley businesses that are offering deals and discounts to bike-riders all month long. Click here to see all the deals. 

Bike Safety and Education
April 1-30
Learn how to stay safe on the road by attending one of several bike safety events. Click here to see all Valley Bike Month activities.

About Valley Bike Month: Valley Bike Month is held each year to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, inexpensive and safe transportation method. Cities, bike clubs and Trip Reduction Program employers work together to promote bicycling for commuting and for fun. Sponsors include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, and Maricopa County 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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Tue, Mar 4, 2014

Valley Metro Rail Connects Riders to Arts and Culture Destinations

Light rail connects people to arts and culture. From puppet theatres and intimate jazz venues to big-name shows at US Airways Center, residents can feed their artistic appetites beginning with a train ride. Explore the cultural playground that exists along the light rail line, from popular venues like ASU Gammage and Phoenix Center for the Arts to unique destination gems like the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre and Eisendrath House.

This weekend is the perfect opportunity to use light rail to explore arts and local culture. Artlink Inc.’s 26th Annual Art Detour is March 8-9. This is the longest running community arts event in downtown Phoenix with more than 100 arts destinations located within walking distance of light rail. A complimentary shuttle will also be available. “Detour-ists” are invited to visit artists’ private working studios not typically open for viewing, explore Pop-Up Gallery exhibits exclusively planned for Art Detour, and discover the colorful mural scene on walls and buildings throughout the downtown area.

The new Valley Metro Arts & Culture Guide features 50 cultural destinations located along the light rail line. The guides will be available at all of the shuttle locations during Art Detour. Riders can also find them at many chambers of commerce, libraries and online at valleymetro.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Culture Guide.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Resolve to EVOLVE Team Challenge helps commuters save money, reduce pollution

What happens when Valley commuters challenge themselves to use an alternative mode of travel to get to work? The air is spared more than 11 tons of pollutants! Several Valley commuters took part in Valley Metro’s first ever Resolve to EVOLVE Commuter Challenge, which asked participants to avoid driving and choose to carpool, vanpool, take the bus or light rail, walk, bicycle or telework instead.

“We all win when commuters reduce trips,” said Dawn M. Coomer, Valley Metro, Manager, Transportation Demand Management. “Trip reduction efforts can reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Evolved commuters use drive-alone alternatives, save money, reduce commuting stress and can use their time in other, more fun, ways.”

Twenty-one teams competed in the Resolve to EVOLVE Commuter Challenge between January 12- 25. Participants entered at ShareTheRide.com to join a team and track their trips. Winning teams were selected based on the highest percentage of participation. Their efforts were also measured in miles and pounds of greenhouse gases saved. Results include:

• 3,277 drive-alone trips saved, accounting for 70,586 miles reduced
• 80,299 calories burned by bicycling or walking
• 2,715 gallons of fuel saved
• 22,591 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

The contest was divided into small, medium and large team categories and was open to all Valley commuters. This year’s winning teams were:

Large Team (more than 16 team members) – GrapeApe
• 82% participation rate
• 703 trips logged
• 6,115 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

Medium Team (11-15 members) – U-Haul B&P
• 100% participation rate
• 134 trips logged
• 771 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

Small team (fewer than 11 members) – USPS WV Maint.
• 90% participation rate
• 132 trips logged
• 980 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

About ShareTheRide:

ShareTheRide is an online ridematching and com¬mute tracking program for those who live and/or work in Maricopa County. The tool connects commuters to a secure online matching program that displays carpooling, vanpooling, transit and bicycle options.

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

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Valley Metro and Partners Repurpose Bus as Mobile Market

Valley Metro is pleased to partner with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation to launch a fresh food initiative that will bring a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods. The “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” will sell fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables out of a retired Valley Metro bus.

“We understand the value of healthy communities to enhance the quality of life for our riders,” said Valley Metro Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Scott Somers. “The Fresh Express bus will provide easier access to affordable, nutritious food that will help nurture the community’s youth.” 

Discovery Triangle is a redevelopment initiative that focuses on a 25-square-mile region in the urban cores of Phoenix and Tempe. This area is considered a “food desert” because of limited access to grocery stores. The retrofitted Valley Metro bus will travel to schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other community gathering places located in the Discovery Triangle to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Valley Metro would also like to thank several of its industry service providers for helping to make this partnership possible:

• First Transit (operator/vehicle maintenance)
• Bluemedia (full train wrap)
• Thermoguard (glass upgrade)
• Creative Bus Sales Arizona (canopy)
• Custom Made Gas Tanks (vehicle painting) 

Fresh Express bus unveiled at Brunson Lee Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ will sell fresh, affordable and high-quality fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods.
Fresh Express Bus

Valley Metro Chair and Mesa Councilmember, Scott Somers (left), with “passengers” aboard the Fresh Express bus.
Fresh Express CM Somers

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Former Glendale Mayor Meets Student of Namesake Intern Program

ASU student and Valley Metro intern, Sam Stevenson, met recently with former Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs about her namesake internship program.  Stevenson, a native of Birmingham, England, is a recent ASU graduate with a Master’s degree in Engineering. The purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for a student of planning, engineering or a related field to receive hands-on experience in the public transportation industry.

“It was truly an honor to meet Mayor Scruggs and to be selected for the internship program in her name,” said Stevenson. “Her passion for regional transit has been crucial to the development of public transportation in the Valley, and to hear her story first-hand was fascinating.”

Valley Metro named the annual transit internship program in honor Mayor Scruggs due to her commitment to public transportation for more than 19 years. She served as Valley Metro’s longest serving Board member and Chair in 2008. She also led the way in supporting dedicated funding sources to help ensure the expansion of transit in Maricopa County. 

Stevenson is gaining experiencing working alongside staff in various divisions of Valley Metro including Operations, Design and Construction, Planning, Government Affairs and Marketing/Community Relations.

Photo: Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO (left), Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs (center) and Sam Stevenson (right) meet and tour the Valley Metro Operations and Maintenance Center.

Mayor Scruggs-Intern at OMC


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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Mon, Feb 10, 2014

Presidents Day Bus and Light Rail Schedule

In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 17, 2014, buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Express or RAPID service and Customer Service will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a trip, contact Customer Service at 602-253-5000, email csr@valleymetro.org or go to valleymetro.org.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Milestone Event on Central Mesa Light Rail Extension

Valley Metro is pleased to announce that the next steps for installing rail on the Central Mesa light rail extension will begin soon. This is an important milestone, marking the construction half-way point.

“The light rail extension through downtown Mesa is a game changer for our community,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “The welding of this first piece of rail is the next step in our downtown’s transformation to the more urban lifestyle our residents seek.”

A community celebration, with an official rail welding ceremony, will take place on Saturday, February 8.

“It is a significant milestone to weld the first stick of rail in the guideway,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “I’d like to recognize the cooperative efforts of the community, local businesses, the city of Mesa and our construction partners. This is a time to celebrate our continued effort to expand the total transit network.”

EVENT INFO

WHO: Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Valley Metro, Valley Transit Constructors (VTC), and East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)

WHAT: A celebration to mark the beginning of rail welding on Main Street. Includes remarks by Mayor Smith, a welding ceremony, free breakfast, and family activities. A commemorative pin, third in the series, will be available for collectors.

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 – 10 a.m. (ceremony at 9 a.m.)

WHERE: Southwest Corner of Main Street and Alma School, west side of parking lot in front of Standard Restaurant Equipment Co

VISUALS: Ceremony/remarks, rail weld (media will have special access for filming purposes) 

The Central Mesa extension will extend light rail eastbound 3.1 miles on Main from Sycamore Street to Mesa Drive. It is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016. For more information, visit valleymetro.org/centralmesa. For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Rob Antoniak, Community Outreach Coordinator, at rantoniak@valleymetro.org. To receive information in alternative formats, call 602-262-7433 / TTY 602-251-2039.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Wed, Jan 29, 2014

Valley Metro to Hold Public Meeting on Northwest Phase II Light Rail Extension

Valley Metro will hold a public meeting to present an update on the Northwest Phase II light rail extension. The Phase II study is currently in progress and will identify a feasible connection across I-17 to the Metrocenter area.

Valley Metro will provide information on a potential new multi-modal bridge that includes light rail, vehicles, bike and pedestrian access, and direct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) access to I-17. The presentation will also include information on the city of Phoenix Metrocenter Development Evaluation to identify an economic development program for the area. Staff will be available to answer questions.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
6 - 8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. presentation)
Metro Plaza Hotel / Mesquite Room
10220 N. Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, 85051

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Megan Casey, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 602-495-8274 or mcasey@valleymetro.org. To receive information in alternative formats, call 602-262-7433 / TTY 602-251-2039.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2032. 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Mon, Jan 27, 2014

“Love Our Community” Event on Northwest Phoenix Light Rail Extension

Join Valley Metro and Open Door Fellowship Church for a “Love Our Community” event and show your Valentine’s Day appreciation for local businesses on 19th Avenue. This family-friendly celebration will take place on Sunday, February 9 and is open to the public. The purpose is to showcase small businesses in the light rail construction zone and encourage local shopping. 

EVENT INFO

WHO: Valley Metro, city of Phoenix, local businesses and neighboring community

WHAT: Guests will enjoy kid-friendly activities, crafts, booths featuring local businesses, food trucks, prizes and giveaways. There will also be testimonials from local shoppers about the businesses they love and remarks highlighting the community benefits of locally-owned businesses on 19th Avenue.

WHEN: Sunday, February 9, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

WHERE: Open Door Fellowship, 8301 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix (SE corner of 19th Avenue and Butler Drive, between Northern and Dunlap Avenues)

The Northwest Phoenix light rail extension will extend light rail northbound on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue and is expected to open in late 2015-early 2016. For more information, visit valleymetro.org/northwest. To receive information in alternative formats, call 602-262-7433 / TTY 602-251-2039.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Tue, Jan 21, 2014

Valley Metro Announces January 2014 Transit Service Changes

Changes to Valley Metro transit service will go into effect on Monday, January 27. Changes include several service enhancements and schedule adjustments to routes across the Valley including: 

• Extend the route:  Routes 7, 10, 12, 16, 51, Avondale ZOOM
• Add trips:  Routes 72, 81, 156
• Adjust the schedule:  Routes 17/17A, 29, 30, 45, 48, 50, 56, 61, 62, 65, 66, 70, 72, 81, 96, 104, 106, 108, 112, 136, 154, 156, 184, 535, 562, 563, light rail, Grand Avenue Limited, Arizona Ave/Country Club LINK, Main St. LINK
• Modify the route:  Routes 3, 7, 16, 19, 45, 70, 72, 154, 511, 685
• Combine routes: Routes 17 and 17A

“Many of the changes to Valley Metro service will provide greater convenience to transit riders across the Valley, from Buckeye to north Scottsdale, from Avondale to Chandler,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Riders will notice added trips and extensions on many routes, providing more opportunity to reach their destinations.”

Click here for complete detail of all service changes.

The newest edition of the Valley Metro Transit Book is now available online, at transit centers and local city offices Valley wide. The theme is “Focusing on YOU” and, for the first time, is featuring several rider stories, crossword puzzles and games for riders to enjoy during their travel. To read the rider stories, visit valleymetro.org/stories.

Service changes occur twice a year as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. For more information, visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges. The next transit book will be released in October 2014.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2032. 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Tue, Jan 14, 2014

14th Annual Design a Transit Wrap Contest is Underway

Calling all high school students with a flair for art! Valley Metro is kicking off the 14th Annual Design a Transit Wrap Contest, asking students to create original artwork with a positive transit theme. The winning design will be featured on a bus and light rail train wrap for an entire year. Here is how students can enter: 

1. Download the contest flyer, art template and application.
2. Use the art template to create an original design.
3. All entries should feature a positive transit message.
4. Submit artwork by February 14, 2014.

The Design a Transit Wrap contest is part of a larger effort to spread awareness about the benefits of public transit. Click here for more information on Valley Metro’s education programs. 

Photo Caption: Last year’s winner, McClintock High School student Richard Reid, poses in a wrapped bus featuring his “Do the Ride Thing” slogan.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Mon, Jan 6, 2014

Bus and Light Rail Service Adjusts for P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

On Sunday morning, January 19, 2014, the entire Valley Metro light rail line will be open with enhanced service to connect Bike Tour participants and runners to the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon start lines in downtown Phoenix and Tempe. Trains will run every 10 minutes between the start of service at 5 a.m. through the race start at approximately 7:30 a.m.

During the race, light rail will transition to a regular Sunday schedule operating every 20 minutes and some bus routes will be detoured. The following service restrictions will apply:

Light Rail

Due to a race crossing in Phoenix at 7th Avenue and Camelback Road, service will be suspended at the following light rail stations between 7:30 - 9 a.m., or until the race has cleared:

• Montebello/19th Ave
• 19th Ave/Camelback
• 7th Ave/Camelback

Service will continue through race crossings in Tempe, but there may be slight delays to allow safe passage for runners. Passengers should allow a few extra minutes to arrive at their destinations.

Sunday service will resume at all stations once the race has cleared with trains added to support the post-race demand. 

Valley Metro will provide additional trains to accommodate Bike Tour participants once they have completed the course. The bike trains will leave from the Mill Ave/Third St station at approximately 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Transit passengers are required to pay a fare, including marathon/Bike Tour participants. An All-Day pass at $4.00 is recommended.

Bus

The following bus routes in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale will be impacted by the race: 0, 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, 41, 44, 48, 50, 56, 62, 65, 66, 70, 72, 81, Orbit Jupiter, Orbit

Earth, Orbit Mars, Orbit Mercury, Orbit Venus, Miller Road Trolley, and Scottsdale Downtown Trolley.

A complete list of bus detours can be found here. All transit riders planning to ride on Sunday are strongly advised to consult www.valleymetro.org or call Customer Service at (602) 253-5000 for more information.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Mon, Dec 30, 2013

Freeze the Keys on NYE

PHOENIX (December 4, 2013) – Coors Light and Valley Metro have forged a new partnership to provide Phoenix-area residents and visitors with free transit service as they ring in the New Year. Coors Light Free Rides will be available on Valley Metro Rail and all bus routes beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31.

“We’re excited to help people ring in the New Year safely by bringing Coors Light Free Rides to the Phoenix area,” said Gene Giron, Responsibility Initiatives Manager for MillerCoors. “Our partnership with Valley Metro will take countless cars off the road and help ensure the holiday is memorable for all the right reasons.”

The new program is supported by Valley Metro member agencies, the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, statewide elected officials and local law enforcement, as well as Crescent Crown Distributing.

Free Rides

From left, at Valley Metro Central/Roosevelt light rail station (Phoenix):
Coors Light Explorer
Raj Kandyil, General Manager, MillerCoors
Bubba Moffett, President, Crescent Crown Distributing
Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix
Mark Mitchell, Mayor, City of Tempe
Trinity Donovan, Councilmember, City of Chandler; Valley Metro Board Vice Chair
Coors Light Explorer

“Valley Metro is an important part of many local celebrations as we provide safe, reliable transportation to and from events,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “This free ride partnership with Coors Light serves as a rider benefit and allows us to extend our reach as a safe travel option.”

Valley Metro provides bus, light rail and paratransit service in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Route and schedule information is available at CoorsLightFreeRides.com, by calling 1-800-FREE RIDES or by texting “FREE RIDES” to 90464.

“This is a win and a great service for the Phoenix region,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Party-goers this New Year will be able to count on free and safe transportation to downtown and regional events, and I’m hoping to keep this service going for years to come.”

Coors Light Free Rides are also provided in Panama City Beach, Fla., during the spring vacation season and Denver, Colo., on New Year’s Eve. For more information, visit www.millercoors.com.

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About MillerCoors
MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers.  MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales.  Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, Coors Light and Miller Lite, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment.  The company offers a variety of leading craft and import brands, including Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s, through its Tenth and Blake division. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., and two microbreweries, the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.  MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact.  MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.  Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Valley Metro on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Sun, Dec 29, 2013

Bus and Light Rail 2013 Holiday Season Schedule

Valley Metro would like to wish all riders a happy holiday season and to remind them of upcoming changes to bus and light rail schedules. 

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31
• Light rail will operate a weekday schedule with extended hours until 2 a.m. to accommodate event crowds
• Buses will operate a regular weekday schedule
• Buses in Tempe will offer enhanced service to accommodate event crowds (click here for more information)
• Customer Service will be open from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1
• Buses and light rail will operate a Sunday schedule
• Customer Service will be closed.

For route, schedule and trip planning information, visit valleymetro.org, or contact Customer Service at 602.253.5000 during designated hours.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Thu, Dec 26, 2013

Get Ready for Game Day

Game On!

Getting to the Bowl Games

Strategize your travel on game day and let someone else tackle the traffic and parking! For travel to the Tostitos® Fiesta Bowl, see options below.

Tostitos® Fiesta Bowl
Wednesday, January 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

Bus Route 70 on Glendale Avenue will provide service every 30 minutes to the University of Phoenix stadium area. From the east valley, hop on board the Fiesta Bowl Bus. Additional game day travel information can be found here

 



Mon, Dec 2, 2013

Feedback Needed for West Phoenix / Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study

Valley Metro, in conjunction with the cities of Glendale and Phoenix and Maricopa Association of Governments, is currently conducting a planning study to evaluate the benefits of high capacity transit to serve the central Glendale and west Phoenix area. This project is part of voter-approved plans to potentially connect to the existing 20-mile regional light rail system that opened in December 2008. Valley Metro is studying six alternatives and evaluating the best type of transit to serve each route into downtown. Public outreach and stakeholder input plays an important role in the planning process. Please take a moment to learn more about this important study and complete a feedback form. Your input will be incorporated into the study process and results.

Click here to access the survey.
Click here to learn more about the West Phoenix / Central Glendale project. 



Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Valley Metro Encourages Local Holiday Shopping

As shoppers strategize their Black Friday plans, Valley Metro encourages Valley residents to support local businesses this holiday season, particularly those located in light rail construction areas. Dozens of small businesses in the construction zone – from florists to toys to jewelry – are offering special holiday deals to entice local spending:

Main Street in Central Mesa
19th Avenue in Northwest Phoenix

Shopping at small businesses helps support the local economy in several ways:

• It recirculates more money back into the local economy. For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 stays put versus $43 when purchasing from a chain (Local First Arizona)
• It promotes job growth. Small businesses create 64 percent of new private-sector jobs (sba.gov)
• It promotes culture and community.
• Shoppers get access to unique products, better service and a personal touch. 

Shoppers headed to 19th Avenue will also enjoy a smoother commute over the holiday weekend. Construction crews will clear the cones on Northern Avenue, Glendale Avenue and Bethany Home Road to help ease the post-Thanksgiving shopping traffic. Restrictions on 19th Avenue will remain in place with one lane in each direction.

Valley residents can help support small businesses and receive discounts all year long by taking part in the METRO Max Rewards program. METRO Max offers exclusive savings to local shops and restaurants in Central Mesa and Northwest Phoenix that are impacted by construction.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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Wed, Nov 13, 2013

Friends of Transit Mesa Mixer



Fri, Nov 8, 2013

Public Meetings Set for Light Rail Station Feasibility Study

Valley Metro, in coordination with the city of Phoenix, has initiated a long term study to evaluate the feasibility of adding a light rail station at two separate locations: Washington/16th Street and Washington/48th Street. The community is invited to a public meeting to learn about the initial evaluation and next steps of the process. A public meeting will be held for each station study.
 
Public meeting:  Washington/48th Street light rail station feasibility study
Monday, November 18
4 - 6 p.m.
Disability Empowerment Center, Conference Center
5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix

The Disability Empowerment Center is accessible via Route 3 (Van Buren/Washington) and is 8/10ths of a mile from the 44th Street & Washington light rail station.

Public meeting:  Washington/16th Street light rail station feasibility study
Tuesday, November 19
4 - 6 p.m.
Eastlake Community Center
1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix

The Eastlake Community Center is accessible via Route 1 (Washington), Route 16 (16th Street), and is approximately a half-mile from the 12th Street light rail station.

The meetings will include an open house with a formal presentation at 4:30 p.m. For additional information, or to make accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Dolores Nolan, Community Outreach Coordinator, 602.523.6070 or dnolan@valleymetro.org.



Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Valley Metro Celebrates Veterans Day with Who’s Your Hero Contest

More than 250,000 Valley residents ride transit every day. Many of them are military veterans or have family and friends who have served. To thank all veterans, Valley Metro is launching the Who’s Your Hero video contest to give transit riders a chance to show their gratitude. Each video entry on Facebook or Twitter will receive an All-Day transit pass and a chance to win one of two 31-Day passes.

“We are privileged to have employees at Valley Metro who have served our country and now offer their unique skill sets to departments agency-wide” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “We are grateful for their service and for the valuable contributions they make to our team every day.”

Video Submission Info

Videos should be 10-15 seconds long and should focus on how a veteran has made a difference in your life. Please include your name, city where you live and the name of the veteran. Post the video by Tuesday, November 12 to the Valley Metro Facebook page or to Twitter using #vmheroes. 31-Day Pass winners will be drawn on Monday, November 18. Click here for complete contest rules. 

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Valley Metro Announces Winners of Clean Air Campaign Awards

Valley Metro is pleased to announce the winners of the 26th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards, which honor the individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary efforts to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. This year’s winners include a catchy parody song called Carpool Maybe, a large municipal employer that has inspired more than twenty thousand people to change their commuting habits, and a man who has clocked enough miles on his bike to travel around the world twice.

“Every year we are inspired by the dedication and creativity of these clean air champions,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “They should all be commended for the positive impact they are having on air quality and traffic congestion across the Valley.”

More than 500 guests were honored at yesterday’s 26th annual Clean Air Campaign awards luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore. They were recognized for their year-long efforts to improve air quality and comply with the Maricopa County Trip Reduction Program. Dozens of awards were given ranging from outstanding carpooler to corporate sustainability. Click here for a complete list of 2013 award winners.

Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including bus, light rail, carpool, vanpool, compressed work weeks, telecommute, bicycle and walking as a way for organizations to their meet annual trip reduction goals. Partnering organizations that help sponsor the Clean Air Campaign include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department and SRP.

To learn more about transit options, visit valleymetro.org. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit sharetheride.com.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Tue, Oct 15, 2013

Public Invited to South Central Corridor Transit Study Meetings

PHOENIX, AZ — Valley Metro will hold two public meetings to provide an overview on the recommendation of light rail on Central Avenue for the South Central Phoenix Corridor. Information will include proposed station locations, street configurations and next steps.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6—8 p.m. 
South Mountain Community Center
212 E. Alta Vista, Phoenix (Central, just south of Southern)
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6—8 p.m.
Academia Del Pueblo
School Gym
201 E. Durango, Phoenix (Central, just north of I-17)
 
A presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. The same information is being provided at both meetings.

The South Central Corridor Study, also known as an Alternatives Analysis, is an evaluation of several high-capacity transit modes ¬— including light rail, bus rapid transit and modern streetcar — and routes to determine the option that would best serve the community. The evaluation is necessary to begin the federal process for capital funding. Funding for the study was provided by a Federal Transit Administration grant with a local match from the city of Phoenix.

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities at either meeting, please contact Sonya Pastor La Sota at 602-744-5584/TTY 602-251-2039 or spastor@valleymetro.org.

Get ongoing information about Valley Metro future light rail extensions by liking the METRO Construction Facebook page.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Mon, Oct 14, 2013

Public Invited to West Phoenix/Central Glendale Transit Study Meetings

Valley Metro will host two informational meetings to update the public on the West Phoenix / Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study. This is a study of options for providing enhanced transit service to the area of 19th Avenue to the east, Loop 101 to the west, Northern Avenue to the north and Camelback Road to the south. Valley Metro staff will provide an update on the status of the study including maps of potential route alignments.

Monday, October 28
6 - 8 p.m.
Glendale Council Chambers
5850 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale (map)

Tuesday, October 29
6 - 8 p.m.
Alhambra High School Library    
3839 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (map)

A presentation will begin at 6:30, followed by an opportunity for questions and comments. The same information is being provided at both meetings.

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Megan Casey at 602-495.8274,-TTY 602-251-2039, or
mcasey@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/glendale.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened in December 2008. Six light rail extensions, being planned or currently under construction, will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Rideshare Month Kicks Off October 1

October is Rideshare Month and Valley Metro is kicking off the festivities with the help of the Valley’s most unique – and furry – commuters! For the first time ever, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ D-Baxter and Phoenix Suns Gorilla will carpool to a Rideshare Month kick-off celebration on September 27, uniting both sports fans and clean air advocates.

Event Details

Who: The public, Valley Metro, with special guests D-Baxter, Howler, Big Red and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla
What: Rideshare Month kick-off with prizes, music by the Sahnas Brothers, light refreshments and commute info booths      
When: Friday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - D-Baxter and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla arrive in carpool vehicle
Patriots Square at City Scape, 1 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix
Why:  Attendees can learn about transit options and pledge to use an alternative mode of transportation for a chance to win prizes on event day and all month long. 

Rideshare Month is an annual county-wide event that encourages the use of alternative commute options to help reduce emissions from vehicle use, decrease congestion and conserve energy.  Commuters are encouraged to take transit, carpool, vanpool, work from home, bicycle or walk. Here are the ways local residents and employers can participate in Rideshare Month:

Commute Tracker contest: A perfect reason to try a new way to travel! Login or create an account at ShareTheRide.com. Log daily commute activities and receive points to be entered into a contest for the chance to win prizes.

Employer Challenge: The competition warms up as the Valley’s weather cools down! Local organizations compete against each other in a Valley wide challenge October 6-12 by getting their employees to leave their cars at home at least once during the week.

Transit schedules are available at valleymetro.org. Carpool, vanpool, bike and other travel options can be found at ShareTheRide.com or by calling 602.262.RIDE.

Rideshare Month and other programs are sponsored by the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments and Maricopa County 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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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Wed, Sep 11, 2013

Valley Metro Rail Stations Are a Safe Place for Teens

Valley Metro and Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development are pleased to announce that all light rail stations are now considered a Safe Place for youth in distress. The program was officially unveiled during a press conference on September 18. City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta were joined by officials from Tumbleweed, the Phoenix Police Department and the city of Mesa during the kick-off event.

Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that provides immediate help and safety for youth ages 17 and younger who are in crisis. Teens can now utilize the emergency call boxes at all 28 light rail stations to connect to shelter, counseling and family reunification services. The addition of light rail stations to the existing network expands the reach of the program and provides 24-hour access to those services. To learn more, go to valleymetro.org/safeplace.

Event Speakers and Special Guests
Pic Caption: From left to right – Mesa Police Lt. John Williams, teen advocate Dion Austin, City of Phoenix Police Lt. Paula Veach, City of Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Member Thelda Williams, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta, Tumbleweed CEO Cynthia Schuler, City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and City of Mesa Councilmember Dave Richins officially designate stations as Safe Place locations at the Safe Place kick-off event.

Teen Advocates & Phoenix PD
Pic Caption: From left to right – Teen advocates Dion Austin and Stefanie Lazaro with Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Mon, Sep 9, 2013

January 2014 Proposed Transit Service Changes

The public can offer feedback in a variety of ways on proposed Valley Metro service changes that provide many enhancements beginning on January 27, 2014. Service changes occur as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. Comments on the following changes or improvements are being requested between September 9 and October 11.

  • Extend the route:  Routes 7, 10, 12, 16, 17/17A, 43, 51, 56, 59, 61, 154, ZOOM
  • Add trips:  Routes 72, 81, 156
  • Adjust the schedule:  Routes 562, 563, light rail
  • Modify the route:  Routes 0, 7, 12, 16, 17, 19, 41, 45, 70, 72, 154, 511, 685
  • Adjust frequency:  Route 3, 17/17A, 29, 50
  • Combine routes: Routes 17 and 17A

Routes operated by City of Phoenix: 0, 3, 7, 10, 12, 16, 17/17A, 19, 29, 41, 43, 50, 51, 59, 70, 154

For details, click here. Note: Information above is subject to change.

Public hearing

October 8, 2013, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Valley Metro Boardroom, 10th floor
101 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix
Persons needing disability accommodations should contact Valley Metro at 602.262.7433 or by email at kroberts@valleymetro.org.

Tweet chat

October 8, noon-1 p.m.
Using #vmservice, learn more about the proposed service changes and ask questions of @ValleyMetroRPTA.

Online comment card

Complete an online comment card by Friday, October 11.

Email Valley Metro

For questions or additional information, email us at input@valleymetro.org or call Customer Service at 602.253.5000.

All comments must be received by Friday, October 11, 2013.

 

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Valley Metro Kicks Off Cool Transit STUFF Art Contest

It’s time for Valley 3rd graders to let their imaginations run free with Valley Metro’s 9th Annual Cool Transit STUFF 3rd Grade Art Contest. The contest encourages students to design an original piece of artwork for a chance to win prizes and a spot in Valley Metro’s 2014 Transit Education Calendar. The theme of this year’s contest is: Do the Ride Thing with Valley Metro! If you’re going to do it – do it ride.

“The purpose of the Cool Transit STUFF contest is to inspire students to get excited about public transit,” said Community Relations Coordinator Helen Romesburg. “Encouraging students to think creatively will help teach them about the benefits of using buses and light rail, such as improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion.”

Contest Details

Who: All 3rd graders in Maricopa County during the 2013/14 school year
What: 9th Annual Cool Transit STUFF Contest
Where: Click here for entry form
When: Now through Friday, October 4, 2013
How: Use the reverse side of the entry form as the canvas. Draw a picture that depicts this year’s theme in one of the following categories:

          1. Ride to fun places – Show people traveling on Valley Metro buses and light rail trains to a favorite spot.
          2. Ride safe – Show people traveling safely on Valley Metro buses and light rail trains.
          3. Ride green – Show how using Valley Metro buses and light rail trains can help the environment.

Why: To be one of 13 winners who have their art displayed in a fun calendar that is distributed to Valley leaders and the general public. Winners will also receive fun prizes!

A parent’s signature is required for all contest entries. A judging panel will choose the winner based on the following criteria: how successfully this year’s theme was incorporated into one of the categories, creativity and neatness.

Contest Rules:

• Artwork can be drawn in crayons, colored pencils, markers, or computer drawings and must be drawn on an 8 ½ x 11 white piece paper (no lined paper).
• Artwork must be designed and created by an individual student.
• Contest is limited to one entry per person.
• Deadline for entry is Friday, October 4, 2013
• Artwork can be mailed to:
        Valley Metro
        Attn: Transit Education Department
        101 N. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1300
        Phoenix, AZ 85003

Transit Education is an important community service provided by Valley Metro that includes school classroom presentations, bus and light rail field trips and community event participation. These services are offered free of charge. Click here to learn more.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Tue, Aug 27, 2013

New Non-ADA Fares for Dial-a-Ride

PHOENIX, AZ – Passengers who utilize the non-ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Dial-a-Ride service are encouraged to attend an open house to learn more about a Non-ADA fare change effective Tuesday, October 1.

Non-ADA Dial-a-Ride is a door-to-door mobility service for seniors (65 years or older) and passengers with disabilities who do not qualify for ADA service. Non-ADA Dial-a-Ride service travels in Chandler, Scottsdale and Tempe. The service operates in taxi cabs and is a partnership between Valley Metro and Discount Cab.

On October 1, the non-ADA Dial-a-Ride base fare, for five miles of travel, will increase from $1.00 to $2.50. Beyond a five-mile base trip, a fee per mile will also be added, eliminating previous zone charges. For trips between six and 15 miles, there is a fee of $.50 per mile. For trips of 16 or more miles, the fee is $1.00 per mile.

On July 1, 2014 the non-ADA Dial-a-Ride base fare will increase to $4.00 aligning it with the current ADA Dial-a-Ride service.

In addition to the fare change, a new reservation policy will take effect on October 1. The non-ADA service becomes available for same-day trips only; no advance reservations will be accepted.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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Sun, Aug 25, 2013

Buses and Light Rail to Operate a Sunday Schedule on Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2013, buses and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Express or RAPID service and Customer Service will be closed. Valley Metro wishes all riders a happy holiday weekend.

For more information or to schedule a trip, contact Customer Service at 602-253-5000, email info@valleymetro.org or go to valleymetro.org.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Annual Ridership Reaches Record High of 73.4 Million Riders in 2012-13

PHOENIX, AZ – More and more people are boarding buses and light rail trains in the Valley. Valley Metro, the regional transit system serving Maricopa County, exceeded its peak annual ridership with more than 73.4 million boardings in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 surpassing the record set in FY 2009 of 71.2 million boardings. A fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.

“Transit is becoming more relevant in the daily lives of our Valley residents and visitors,” said Valley Metro Rail Chair, Tempe Councilmember Shana Ellis. “We will continue to plan and build a regional system for today’s travelers, as well as our younger generations who understand the value of public transit.”

According to the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, young adults ages 16-34 drove 20 percent fewer miles in 2009 than in 2001 due to higher gas prices, the delay in acquiring driver’s licenses and improvements in public transportation.

“These ridership numbers bring into focus how important public transit is to residents,” said Valley Metro RPTA Chair, Mesa Councilmember Scott Somers. “We will continue to make the public transportation options the best they can possibly be and to provide our riders with an experience that will make them continue to think of light rail and bus as their primary modes of transportation.”

A jump in ridership was especially significant on Sundays with light rail boardings increasing by 12.5 percent over FY 2012. The increase is due in part to special events served by light rail.

ridership 2012-13

Complete ridership reports can be found online at valleymetro.org.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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Sun, Aug 4, 2013

Bus Strike Ends for 40 EV Routes

PHOENIX, AZ – Many transit riders, especially in the East Valley, can relax knowing that they can continue to rely on Valley Metro bus service tomorrow and into the future. The bus strike is now over with a tentative agreement reached on Sunday between Valley Metro’s East Valley bus operator, First Transit, and the bus operators’ union, ATU 1433.

“A service that so many rely on will run tomorrow, connecting our residents to work, and our students to their first day of school,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.  “We’re pleased that First Transit and ATU reached an agreement that unifies bus service in the East Valley.”

First Transit and ATU 1433 inked a tentative three-year agreement that defines the labor wages, benefits and work rules for the more than 500 operators who serve 57,000 daily riders in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe.  These riders also travel into Phoenix and Scottsdale.
 
“We are gratified that the parties were able to come to an agreement and the buses will be rolling again,” said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

In January 2013, Valley Metro executed a contract with First Transit to serve as the operator of bus service originating from the Tempe and Mesa bus maintenance facilities.  On July 1, 2013, First Transit became responsible for the operations of 40 local, express and circulator routes primarily serving the East Valley.  First Transit also supports an operations and maintenance staff of more than 700 and a bus fleet of 300.

“Earlier this year, our Board made a landmark decision to unify bus operations in Tempe and Mesa,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO.  “First Transit and the Union are integral parts of our plan to more seamlessly serve our customers.  I appreciate their hard work and also the support of our three mayors – Mayors Mitchell, Smith and Stanton – who compelled us to a positive conclusion.”

“I’m proud of both the leadership of ATU and First Transit for negotiating nonstop until they got to yes,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said.  “They owed it to this community and our bus passengers who keep our economy going every day.”

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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Wed, Jul 24, 2013

Former Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor to Observe Bus Labor Negotiations

PHOENIX, AZ – On behalf of Valley Metro, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor (ret.) will serve as an independent observer in the Friday, July 26, labor negotiations between First Transit and ATU 1433.

“Chief Justice McGregor has a track record of success,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.  “I have full confidence that with her help we can keep the buses running for the people of our region.”

The Hon. McGregor retired in 2009 as chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, which she first joined in 1998.  Chief Justice McGregor is a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Her legal practice before joining the bench included civil trial, administrative and appellate work, with an eventual specialty in the area of employment law.  She is well-respected within the legal community and has a long history of community service in the Phoenix area.

First Transit, Valley Metro’s East Valley bus operator, and ATU 1433, the bus operator’s union, have been in labor negotiations since the first of the year to define their Collective Bargaining Agreement consisting of operator wages, benefits and work rules.  On July 2, the two parties agreed to a 30-day extension through July 31 to continue labor discussions.  The last scheduled negotiation date is this Friday.

“It is imperative that ATU and First Transit continue to meet to find a resolution to avoid a bus strike,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.  “I encourage both parties to stay at the table in the best interest of our residents, businesses and passengers.”

On July 1, First Transit assumed responsibility for the operations of 40 local, express and circulator routes primarily serving the East Valley.  First Transit also supports an operations and maintenance staff of more than 700, including 500+ operators, and a bus fleet of 300. 

Valley Metro continues to urge the two parties to put their best people at the table to actively negotiate and come to an agreement before impacting riders.

“The importance of public transportation to our residents and to the business community cannot be overstated,” said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.  “The focus has always been to offer the best service possible to our riders while, at the same time, operating it in the most efficient way possible.  Our main goal is to prevent any interruption in service to our riders and we are optimistic that Justice McGregor’s involvement will help to accomplish that objective.”

The most up-to-date rider information is available at www.valleymetro.org or via Facebook and Twitter.  Customer Service is always a resource at 602.253.5000.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

 



Mon, Jul 8, 2013

Queen Creek Residents Asked to Take Transit Survey

Valley Metro is conducting a survey to determine the need for additional transit services in the community of Queen Creek. The survey will help the Town identify opportunities to enhance services within Queen Creek and the Southeast Valley. It will also help determine:

• Transit services that may connect to the regional system
• Transit ridership market in Queen Creek
• Potential transit mode alternatives

The survey is available on June 1. Click here to access the survey online. Copies will also be available at several locations in Queen Creek:

• Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
• Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
• Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
• Horseshoe Park, 20464 E Riggs Rd
• Ice Cream Social on June 8 (event info)

All surveys must be mailed back or completed online by July 21. Public input will help Town officials make informed decisions on how to invest in efficient and effective transit service for the local community. Valley Metro will provide the Town with service recommendations once the survey results have been analyzed.

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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



Tue, Jul 2, 2013

Buses in East Valley Run as Scheduled

PHOENIX, AZ – Bus service will run as scheduled today, July 2, through midnight tonight.  First Transit, Valley Metro’s East Valley bus operator, and the ATU 1433, the bus operators’ union, have agreed to meet again this morning to resume labor negotiations.  An agreement has yet to be reached and a service disruption could occur as early as Wednesday, July 3.

Background

First Transit and the ATU have been in labor negotiations since the first of the year to define their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) consisting of operator wages, benefits and work rules. 

First Transit operates 40 local, express and circulator routes primarily serving the East Valley.  Should a work stoppage occur, all bus service in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe would be affected. Routes also travel into Phoenix and Scottsdale.

    Impacted routes:
  • FLASH—Tempe
  • MERCURY—Tempe
  • VENUS—Tempe
  • EARTH—Tempe
  • MARS—Tempe
  • JUPITER—Tempe
  • BUZZ—Mesa
  • LINK—Main St.
  • LINK—Arizona Ave.
  • 30—University
  • 40—Apache/Main St.
  • 45—Broadway
  • 48—48th Street/Rio Salado
  • 56—Priest Drive
  • 61—Southern
  • 62—Hardy/Guadalupe
  • 65—Mill/Kyrene
  • 66—Mill/Kyrene
  • 72—Scottsdale/Rural
  • 77—Baseline
  • 81—Hayden/McClintock
  • 96—Dobson
  • 104—Alma School
  • 108—Elliot Rd
  • 112—Country Club/Arizona Ave
  • 120—Mesa Dr
  • 128—Stapley
  • 136—Gilbert Rd
  • 156—Chandler Blvd/Williams Field Rd
  • 184—Power Rd
  • 511—Tempe/Scottsdale Airpark Express
  • 514—Scottsdale Express
  • 520—Tempe Express
  • 521—Tempe Express
  • 522—Tempe Express
  • 531—Mesa/Gilbert Express
  • 533—Mesa Express
  • 535—Northeast Mesa/Downtown Express
  • 541—Chandler Express
  • 542—Chandler/Downtown Express
    • The routes traveling into Phoenix (30, 45, 48, 56, 61, 72, 77, 514, 520, 521, 522, 531, 533, 535, 541, 542) and Scottsdale (EARTH, 72, 81, 511, 514) would also be affected should a strike occur.

      Passengers can begin to consider other travel arrangements for getting to work, school and appointments including:
      • Going to valleymetro.org to register for a carpool partner or seek a seat on a vanpool.
      • Working with your employer to identify other regular bus riders that you can carpool with or meet at a park-and-ride. 
      • Getting rides from family members, friends or neighbors. 
      • Asking to telecommute if your job/supervisor permits it.

      If a strike occurs, contingency bus service is presently not feasible and passengers may want to consider purchasing All-Day passes, instead of multi-day passes.

      Riders will be kept up-to-date via valleymetro.org.  Updates will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Customer Service at 602-253-5000 is always a resource. Other bus routes and light rail are not affected by the strike. For alternative routes in the city of Phoenix, please click here.  Increased capacity of light rail can be provided upon ridership demand.

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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      Tue, Jun 11, 2013

      Valley Metro Asks Residents to Dump the Pump on June 20

      As part of the national campaign to reduce fuel consumption by riding public transit, Valley Metro is asking local residents to consider dumping the pump on Thursday, June 20.

      “Light rail and bus service are playing a more significant role in our daily lives, especially for Valley residents,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Ongoing demand and ridership increases demonstrate that people are finding the immediate cost-savings and convenience of transit very appealing.”

      Anyone who pledges to dump the pump will be entered to win a Kindle Fire. As part of the pledge, participants will provide the location they are commuting from as a way to encourage friendly competition among Valley cities. Pledge online today through June 20 by clicking here.

      Click here to download a Dump the Pump poster.

      Two events are occurring as a way to encourage local residents to dump the pump on June 20.

      June 19; 6 to 8 a.m.

      Media Event                    
      Corner of Central & Camelback      
      Visuals/interviews: costumed gas  
      pumps, benefits of dumping the      
      pump                                        

      June 20; 6 to 8 a.m.

      Three Rider Appreciation Events
      Glendale Park-and-Ride
      Central Station
      Superstition Springs Transit Center
      Riders will enjoy costumed gas pumps, breakfast snacks, stickers and scratcher cards.

      This is the eighth annual Dump the Pump campaign, initiated by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Last year, more than 140 transit agencies across the nation participated by offering various incentives to use public transit instead of drive.

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



      Mon, Jun 3, 2013

      Valley Metro Hosts Meeting to Discuss Gilbert Road Draft EA Report

      Valley Metro will hold a public meeting to discuss the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Gilbert Road light rail extension, which will add light rail service on Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. The EA is a report of the effects that a proposed project may have on the local environment including land use, economic development, traffic and utility impacts, noise and vibration, historical properties and visual concerns. Staff will be available at the meeting to answer questions. Public comment on the draft report is requested through July 13, 2013.

      MEETING INFO

      Date:  Thursday, June 13
      Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)
      Location: Mesa Church of Christ – Fellowship Hall
                  1223 E. Dana Avenue (1/4 mile south of Main Street)

      Copies of the report are also available at the following locations:
      • Main Mesa Library – 64 E. First St., Mesa
      • Valley Metro – 101 N. 1st Ave., Suite 1300, Phoenix
                 
      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Alex Albert at 602-322-4492/TTY 602-251-2039 or aalbert@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/gilbertroad

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



      Tue, May 21, 2013

      Public Meeting in Surprise on Express Route 571

      PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is proposing to add one round trip (one morning trip and one afternoon trip) to the Surprise Express Route 571, which travels from Dysart and Bell Road to the downtown Phoenix area and State Capitol. A public meeting is being held to discuss the service enhancement, which would go into effect on July 22, 2013. Valley Metro staff will be available to take comments and answer questions.

      Click here for the proposed schedule.

      MEETING INFO
      Date:  Wednesday, May 29
      Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)
      Location: Surprise City Hall, Overflow Room
      16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise

      Residents who cannot attend the meeting can also send comments in the following ways:

      Email: csr@valleymetro.org
      Phone: 602.253.5000
      Mail:  Valley Metro
            Attn: Cindy Scally
            4600 E. Washington, Ste. 101
            Phoenix, AZ 85034

      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Helen Romesburg at hromesburg@valleymetro.org.

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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      Thu, May 16, 2013

      Valley Metro Hosts Meeting on Capitol I-10/West Phoenix Light Rail Extension

      PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro will hold a public meeting to discuss the Capitol/I-10 West light rail extension. The public is invited to learn more about the environmental process being conducted to analyze ridership, land use, economic development, traffic and utility impacts, noise and vibration, historical properties and visual concerns. Staff will be available to answer questions.

      MEETING INFO
      Date:  Thursday, May 23
      Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)
      Location: Isaac Middle School Gymnasium
          3402 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix (map)
                 
      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Sonya Pastor La Sota at 602-744-5584/TTY 602-251-2039 or spastor@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/capitolwest

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



      Mon, May 13, 2013

      Public Meeting to Provide Project Update on Tempe Streetcar

      PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro and the city of Tempe invite you to attend a project update meeting to review two revised/new route options for the 2.6-mile Tempe Streetcar project. Valley Metro and city staff will be available to take your comments and answer questions.

      The Federal Transit Administration has continued to express interest in the streetcar project with slight modifications to the route to better fit the new federal funding criteria. The modified project would continue to include a one-mile downtown loop on Mill and Ash Avenues and south to Apache Boulevard. The two new route options being explored are:
      • Rio Salado Parkway from approximately Packard Drive west to Mill Avenue, downtown loop to Apache Boulevard and east to Rural Road
      • Downtown loop to Apache Boulevard, east to Terrace Road

      MEETING INFORMATION

      Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
      Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      Location: Tempe Transportation Center
          Don Cassano Room
          200 E. Fifth Street, Tempe (map)

      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Lisa Procknow Saldin at 602-495-8213/TTY 602-251-2039 or lsaldin@valleymetro.org.  Additional project information is available on the Valley Metro website at www.valleymetro.org/tempestreetcar.

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



      Mon, May 13, 2013

      Valley Metro Hosts Meeting on West Phoenix / Central Glendale Transit Study

      PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is hosting an informational public meeting to kick off the West Phoenix / Central Glendale Alternative Analysis. This is a study of options for providing enhanced transit service to the West Phoenix / Central Glendale area. The study area is defined as 19th Avenue to the east, Loop 101 to the west, Northern Avenue to the north and Camelback Road to the south. The study area includes major transportation corridors and activity centers (such as Grand Canyon University and downtown Glendale).

      MEETING INFO

      Date: Thursday, May 16
      Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. presentation)
      Location: Grand Canyon University, Ethington Theatre
          3300 W. Camelback Road (map)
                 
      Staff will be available at the public meeting to answer questions. For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Sonya Pastor La Sota at 602-744-5584/TTY 602-251-2039 or spastor@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/glendale.

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



      Wed, May 1, 2013

      Public Meeting for West Phoenix / Central Glendale Transit Corridor Study

      PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is hosting an informational public meeting in the city of Glendale to kick off the West Phoenix / Central Glendale Alternatives Analysis.

      Monday, May 6, 2013
      6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. presentation)
      Glendale Civic Center
      Sapphire Room
      5750 W. Glenn Dr., Glendale

      The Alternatives Analysis is a study of options for providing enhanced transit service to the West Phoenix / Central Glendale area. The study area is defined as 19th Avenue to the east, Loop 101 to the west, Northern Avenue to the north and Camelback Road to the south. The study area includes major transportation corridors and activity centers (such as Grand Canyon University and downtown Glendale).

      Staff will be available to answer questions. For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Sonya Pastor La Sota at 602-744-5584/TTY 602-251-2039 or spastor@valleymetro.org. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/glendale.

      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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      Need More Information?

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      Thu, Apr 25, 2013

      McClintock High Student Helps Unveil His Winning Transit Wrap Artwork

      PHOENIX, AZ – High school art students from across the Valley unleashed their creativity for a chance to have their artwork featured on a bus and light rail train for an entire year. This is the first year that a student-designed transit wrap is featured on a light rail train. More than 260 students entered Valley Metro’s 13th annual Design a Transit Wrap contest. The 2013 winner is Richard Reid, a senior at McClintock High School in Tempe. His design, titled “Do the Ride Thing” will be unveiled at ceremony on Tuesday, April 30.


      Richard Reid, McClintock High School Senior

      “High school students today place a very high value on public transit,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “This student-inspired bus wrap is one way for us to connect to a younger generation and show our appreciation for their commitment to using transit.” The wrap will remain on the bus and train for one year.

      This year’s judging panel was made up of representatives from cities, school districts, businesses and Valley Metro staff. Reid’s design was chosen because the judges loved the slogan “Do the Ride Thing” and its play on the popular phrase “do the right thing.”

      “By taking transit, riders are doing the right thing,” said Howard Steere, Valley Metro Community Relations Manager. “They are saving money, using their time more efficiently and helping the environment by reducing the amount of pollutants emitted into the air by cars. Richard’s design captured that message wonderfully.”

      Valley Metro unveiled the new artwork during a lunchtime ceremony at McClintock High School.

      The Design a Transit Wrap contest is part of a larger effort to spread awareness about the benefits of public transit. Click here for more information on Valley Metro’s education programs.


      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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.



      Wed, Apr 17, 2013

      METRO Max Shop to Win Night Offers Great Prizes, Supports Local Business

      PHOENIX, AZ – Let’s rally around small businesses during light rail construction along 19th Avenue! Valley residents can enjoy the benefits of shopping local through METRO Max Rewards. METRO Max is a discounts program that offers deals for shopping at businesses along the future light rail line on 19th Avenue between Dunlap and Bethany Home. Cardholders have access to BOGO deals, discounts and special social media offers.

      On Friday, April 26, Valley Metro will host a METRO Max kick-off celebration with the first ever Shop to Win family night. The community is invited to take part for a chance to win these great prizes:

      • iPad mini courtesy of Walmart #2113
      • $500 Landis Cyclery gift card (enough to purchase two bicycles)
      • Hotel stays from the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown and Hotel Palomar Phoenix
      • US Airways Center tickets
      • One of two $100 JC Penney gift cards
      • Transit passes for an entire year
      • And more!

      Event Details

      Who: Valley Metro and METRO Max businesses along 19th Avenue

      What: Shop to Win Night: Check in to receive a METRO Max discount card and a map of participating businesses. Catch a free trolley or walk to as many restaurants and shops as possible before 7:30 p.m. Provide a receipt for each purchase dated April 26 for a raffle ticket and a chance to win prizes. Trolleys run every 15-20 minutes. This is a family-friendly event with light refreshments, music from local radio stations and face painting.

      When: Friday, April 26, 4 - 8 p.m. Raffle winners will be drawn at 7:45 p.m.

      Where: Northeast corner of 19th Avenue and Northern (Albertson’s parking lot). All participants must check in at this location.

      The Northwest Extension will extend light rail northbound on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue and is expected to open by-early 2016. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/northwest or contact Carla Kahn, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 602-744-5552 or ckahn@valleymetro.org.
       
      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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      Tue, Apr 9, 2013

      Celebrate Valley Bike Month with Bike to the Ballpark

      PHOENIX, AZ – Join Valley Metro, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the Arizona Diamondbacks for Bike to the Ballpark, a family-friendly bike ride to celebrate Valley Bike Month. The ride is free and open to the public, perfect for beginners. 

      WHO: Valley Metro, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Arizona Diamondbacks and cyclists of all ages

      WHAT: Free escorted 3.5 mile bike ride with the Mayor and Arizona Diamondbacks organist Bobby Freeman. The ride starts at Steele Indian School Park and ends at Chase Field. After the ride, cyclists can enjoy lunch downtown and take in the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers game. Discounted game tickets are available and a portion of proceeds will benefit valley bike programs.

      WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 2013
      9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Check-in and Green Expo
      11 a.m. – Ride begins
      1:10 p.m. – Diamondbacks game begins
               
      WHERE: Ride begins at Steele Indian School Park (300 E. Indian School Road) and ends at Chase Field. Click here for a map.

      INFO:  Riders can take part in the Green Expo with free face painting, food trucks, great vendors, prize drawings and tours of PHX Renews community gardens. The first 300 registered participants to arrive will get a free Valley Bike Month t-shirts. Helmets are required. Bottles of water will not be provided.  Riders should bring their own refillable water container. For more
      information, visit ShareTheRide.com.

      About Valley Bike Month: Valley Bike Month held each year to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, inexpensive and healthy transportation method. Cities, bike clubs and businesses work together to promote bicycling for commuting and for fun.  Encouraging bicycling can reduce drive-alone miles and trips. Sponsors include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, and Maricopa County Air Quality Department. Learn more at ShareTheRide.com.

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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      Sun, Apr 7, 2013

      HPA Issued for Monday, April 8

      The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is issuing a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for Monday, April 8 for PM-10, or particulate matter 10-microns or less in size.

      This HPA is being issued because a lengthy period of strong, gusty winds is expected throughout the region on Monday which will create a high risk for dense dust and unhealthy PM-10 concentrations in the air. 

      “ADEQ meteorologists are forecasting a high risk of blowing dust due to high winds and minimal chances of rain throughout the region,” said ADEQ Air Quality Division Director Eric Massey.  “We are asking everyone who generates dust to take extra precautions to minimize emissions throughout the event.”

      As a result, the Maricopa County Air Quality Department is enforcing the mandatory “No Burn Day” restriction for Maricopa County from midnight to midnight Monday. Businesses conducting dust-generating operations are urged to be vigilant in their dust control measures.

      This HPA also includes the following restrictions:


      Contractors cannot use leaf blowers on governmental properties on HPA days.

      Open burning and residential fireplace burning is restricted in Maricopa County during a PM-10 HPA. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.

      Off-highway vehicles are prohibited from being used during a PM-10 HPA.

      ADEQ recommends that children and adults with respiratory problems avoid outdoor activities on Monday and suggests the general public limit outdoor activity throughout the day.

      Valley Metro requests employers activate their HPA Plan. Residents and employers are asked to use these tips to help make the air healthier to breathe:

      Eliminate wood burning in fireplaces, stoves, chimineas and outdoor fire pits.
      Drive as little as possible: car pool, use public transit or telecommute. Click here to find a carpool partner or seat in a vanpool.
      Avoid using leaf blowers.
      Avoid activities that generate dust, such as driving on dirt roads.

      PARTICULATE MATTER BACKGROUND:  State and county agencies measure PM-10 and PM-2.5 which are extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found circulating in the air.  PM, or particulate matter, comes from either combustion (cars, industry, woodburning) or dust stirred up into the air. High levels of PM are typically created when the air is especially stagnant or especially windy.

      PM-10 stands for particulate matter measuring 10 microns or less.  PM-2.5 stands for particulate matter measuring 2.5 microns or less.  To put this in perspective, one strand of human hair is 70-100 microns in size. 

       



      Wed, Mar 27, 2013

      Diamondbacks Opening Day is April 1

      PHOENIX, AZ – It’s time to play ball! The Arizona Diamondbacks’ home opener is on Monday, April 1 at 7:10 p.m. Historically, opening day is one of the busiest days of the year for light rail service as fans choose to avoid downtown parking and additional traffic around Chase Field. Riders should expect larger crowds at stations and higher than average ridership on game day. To accommodate large game-day crowds, Valley Metro will provide extra light rail trains before and after the game.

      Light rail is a convenient, affordable transit option for fans. An All-Day pass costs only $4.00, much less than most parking garages. Passes can be purchased ahead of time at any light rail station, at one of Valley Metro’s retail partners or by clicking here

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent. Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.



      Wed, Mar 27, 2013

      Regular Service on Cesar Chavez Observed Holiday

      Local bus, Express, RAPID and light rail will operate a normal weekday schedule on Cesar Chavez Day (observed) which is Monday, April 1. Click here for more schedule information.



      Tue, Mar 12, 2013

      Fare Vending Machines Added to LINK Routes

      Valley Metro Adds New Fare Vending Machines on LINK Routes

      PHOENIX, AZ – Purchasing fares before riding transit is now easier, quicker and more convenient for bus passengers in the East Valley. Riders on the Main Street LINK, Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive LINK, and bus routes 40 and 112 have an option to purchase fares prior to boarding bus and rail.

      “Purchasing fares in advance saves time and money for our passengers,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Adding new fare vending machines is not only convenient, it allows the freedom of being able to purchase the pass that best meets their travel needs.”

      Sixteen new fare vending machines, similar to the machines riders use at Valley Metro light rail stations, are now operating at a dozen LINK stations along Main Street and Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive. LINK bus service connects directly to Valley Metro light rail service at Sycamore Station in Mesa and a transit pass allows riders to board both systems.

      Fare vending machines will offer regular and Reduced All-Day, 7-day, 15-day, and 31-day passes at the LINK stations listed below:

      • Center/Main
      • Juanita/Country Club
      • Broadway/Country Club
      • Southern/Country Club
      • San Angelo/Country Club
      • Elliot/Arizona Ave
      • Warner/Arizona Ave
      • Ray/Arizona Ave
      • Chandler/Arizona Ave
      • Pecos/Arizona Ave
      • Germann/Arizona Ave
      • Chandler Regional Park-and-Ride

      In the near future, riders can purchase fares using the fare vending machines at the following transit centers: West Mesa Park-and-Ride, Superstition Springs Transit Center and the Chandler Fashion Square Fashion CenterFares purchased at fare vending machines must be activated before use.

      Passes that are purchased from a fare vending machine are valid for use until activated. Passes can be activated at the time of purchase by choosing the “activate” option on the machine, dipping the pass into the bus farebox or placing up to the activation slot on the fare vending machine.

      Local bus, light rail and LINK share the same fare structure and pass types. Passes can be purchased from light rail, LINK or transit center fare vending machines, online or at nearly 700 valleywide retail locations. Visit valleymetro.org for a complete list.


      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 Valley Metro light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments 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 Facebook and Twitter or visiting ValleyMetro.org.

       


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      Mon, Mar 11, 2013

      April is Valley Bike Month!

      PHOENIX, AZ – Grab your helmets and get ready to ride! April is Valley Bike Month featuring four weeks packed with bicycling events, contests and safety education. The purpose of Valley Bike Month is to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, healthy, inexpensive and green way to commute. 

      Nearly four percent of commuters bike to work at least once a week. Valley Metro transports more than 2.6 million bicycles on buses and light rail trains every year. More people are starting to recognize the benefits of bicycling.

      Benefits of Biking

      • Environmental benefits – avoiding 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate more than 500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually (WorldWatch Institute).
      • Health benefits – cycling as little as 20 miles a week can cut your risk of heart disease in half (Medical News Today). 
      • Time-saver – biking to work or to a park-and-ride means one less gym trip and no traffic jams. 
      • Money-saver – cyclists can save up to $20 a day by biking (source: AAA cost per mile and average daily commute).

      Valley Bike Month Events

      Click here for a complete listing of all Valley Bike Month events.

      Bike to the Ballpark

      Sunday, April 14
      9 a.m. – Registration
      11 a.m. – Ride begins
      Join Mayor Greg Stanton for a family-friendly bike ride from Steele Indian School Park to Chase Field. Riders will get a free t-shirt and the option to buy discounted tickets to the D-backs vs. Dodgers game. Click here for more info.

      Bike to Work and School Day

      Wednesday, April 17
      Walk to bike or school! Group events will take place Valley-wide.

      Valley Bike Month Contest

      April 1-30
      Ride your bike for work, play or attend a biking event for a chance to win great prizes! Visit ShareTheRide.com to register, track your trips, and enter prize drawings.

      Bike Safety and Education

      April 1-30
      Learn about bike safety at one of several bike safety events! Visit ValleyMetro.org for more information.

      About Valley Bike Month: Valley Bike Month is held each year to bring attention to bicycling as a fun, inexpensive and safe transportation method. Cities, bike clubs and Trip Reduction Program employers work together to promote bicycling for commuting and for fun.  Encouraging bicycling can reduce drive-alone miles and trips. Sponsors include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, and Maricopa County 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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting ValleyMetro.org.

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      Mon, Mar 4, 2013

      Fountain Hills Transit Survey – Public Input Needed

      PHOENIX, AZ — Valley Metro and the Town of Fountain Hills are partnering to conduct a survey to determine transit needs in the local community. As part of a comprehensive transit study, a public survey will help identify:

      • Transit services that may connect to the regional system
      • Transit ridership market in Fountain Hills
      • Potential transit mode alternatives

      Public input will help Town officials make informed decisions on how to invest in efficient and effective transit service for the local community. The survey must be completed by March 31 and can be found at ValleyMetro.org. Click here to take the survey.

      Incorporating the survey results, service options will be developed including:

      • Review of transit service options: neighborhood circulator, local and express bus, Dial-a-Ride services, and vanpools
      • Recommendations for hours of operation and amount of service
      • Cost estimates for service options
      • Potential funding sources

      As part of the final planning study, Valley Metro will provide the Town with service recommendations, potential funding options and phasing. The planning study will present transit recommendations as long-term and short-term investments. 

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting ValleyMetro.org.


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      Wed, Feb 6, 2013

      Valley Metro Asking Students to Design Bus and Light Rail Train Artwork

      PHOENIX, AZ – Calling all high school students with a flair for art and an interest in displaying their artwork on a Valley Metro bus and light rail train! Valley Metro is kicking off the 13th annual Design a Transit Wrap contest. Here is how students can enter: 

      1. Download the contest flyer, art template and application.
      2. Use the art template to create an original design.
      3. All entries should feature a positive transit message.
      4. Submit artwork by February 15, 2013.

      The Design a Transit Wrap contest is part of a larger effort to spread awareness about the benefits of public transit. Click here for more information on Valley Metro’s education programs.


      Last year’s winner, Stephen Bielecki. 

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent. Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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      Thu, Jan 24, 2013

      Approval of Bus Contract Unifies Bus Service Operations


      Valley Metro Board Approves Bus Contract Award to First Transit
      Valley Metro RPTA and city of Tempe’s separate operations to unify

      PHOENIX, AZ – Today, the Valley Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved an action to authorize the CEO to execute a contract with First Transit, Inc. for fixed route bus operations and maintenance. This action unifies the bus operations in Mesa and Tempe under a single contract with Valley Metro directly managing bus operations in the East Valley. 

      “The Valley Metro Board has just made a landmark decision for transit service in the Valley,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Shifting from separate operations to a single contractor will benefit the system and our passengers as we make better use of funds that provide local and regional bus service.”

      With a unified bus operations contract, management staffing will be streamlined and economies of scale will be realized for purchasing, training and administrative functions. In addition, it will equate to lower operating costs as routes are reassigned between the Mesa and Tempe facilities.

      “We are looking forward to this partnership that will ensure the delivery of high quality transit services for all Tempe residents and passengers,” said Tempe Councilmember and Valley Metro Board member Shana Ellis.  “Tempe’s priority is to provide connectivity to our residents, students and regional visitors while we also protect and enhance our transit network.”

      RPTA and Tempe staff partnered to develop a joint scope of work for the contractor bidding process and evaluation of the proposals. The decision to award was based on price, an integrated operations plan, management team and firm experience, as well as continuous improvement and employee development.

      Tempe will continue to administer and manage its local transit tax and define its overall transit program while RPTA will directly manage bus operations.  For passengers and the Tempe community, the unification of service could assist with the preservation and enhancement of existing bus service.

      First Transit is awarded an initial three year base term at a cost of $150,885,082 with options available for years four through ten at a cost of $407,764,469. Over a ten-year period, First Transit’s price proposal for the unified approach was $36 million less than the combined costs to operate each entity separately. The contract takes effect July 1, 2013.
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      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way
      that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.


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      Fri, Jan 4, 2013

      Light Rail Groundbreaking Marks New Beginning with 3.2-Mile Extension in Phoenix

      PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix are marking a new beginning for the Valley’s transit system with an official groundbreaking on January 12, 2013.  Construction on the Northwest light rail extension begins in early 2013 adding 3.2 miles to the existing 20 miles of service. Expansion of light rail is now occurring on both ends of the system with Central Mesa Extension’s construction underway since July 2012. 

      “This is an exciting time for all transit riders as we expand further into Phoenix, providing our customers with greater transit choice,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “It is another important step towards building a multi-modal Total Transit Network that supports regional growth.”

      “As Mayor of the City of Phoenix and Chairman of the METRO board, I welcome the community to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony which marks the start of the Northwest Extension construction project, adding 3 miles of light rail in our city,” said city of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Along with existing bus service, this project will result in a stronger public transit service that is important to the mobility of the residents and the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods along 19th Avenue.”

      The community is invited to a festive, family-friendly groundbreaking celebration including fun activities, food from local businesses and remarks from Valley Metro/city of Phoenix leadership.

      Event Details
      Saturday, January 12
      11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap
      Click here for more info

      The Northwest Extension will extend light rail northbound on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue and is expected to open in late 2015-early 2016. For more information, go to valleymetro.org/northwest or contact Carla Kahn, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 602-744-5552 or ckahn@metrolightrail.org.
       
      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system
      was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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      Fri, Dec 21, 2012

      Light Rail Strike Averted

      PHOENIX, AZ – Light rail service will run as normal on New Year’s Eve; the potential for a work stoppage has been averted.  The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433 and light rail operations contractor, Alternate Concepts, Inc. (ACI), have agreed to continue labor negotiations, keeping light rail operators on the job under existing work conditions.

      ATU and ACI have both agreed to submit their issues to binding arbitration where the decision of the arbitrator will be final.  The arbitration process will begin in early 2013.

      “I’m pleased that these discussions will continue because it’s critical that our light rail system keeps running and that service is provided across the region,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Chairman of the Valley Metro Rail Board.  “I have spoken to both sides on this issue and I stand ready to work with them toward a long-term resolution.”

      The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the ATU and ACI expired on June 30, 2012.  Two 90-day extensions have occurred to allow for greater discussion; the second extension is set to end on December 31, 2012.  Today’s agreement will continue the terms of the current CBA until a new agreement can be reached in 2013.

      “We are relieved that our passengers will not be affected, especially this holiday season,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta.  “Both ACI and the Union representing our operators have been instrumental in the success of our light rail system and delivering a service that is of value to nearly 50,000 riders a day.”

      ACI has served as Valley Metro Rail’s operations contractor since 2006.  There are currently 47 operators employed by ACI who provide Valley residents with safe, reliable light rail service. 

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

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      Fri, Dec 21, 2012

      New Year’s Holiday Transit Schedules

      PHOENIX, AZ —With an abundance of celebrations and festivities at this time of year, Valley Metro asks passengers to check bus and light rail schedules before taking any trips on transit. Bus and light rail will have varying holiday schedules.

      On New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31:

      -Valley Metro light rail will operate a weekday schedule with extended hours until 2 a.m. to accommodate event crowds
      -Valley Metro buses will operate a regular weekday schedule
      -Bus service in Tempe will operate a weekday schedule until 2 a.m. outbound from the Transportation Center at Fifth and College
      -Customer Service at 602.253.5000 will be open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

      On New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1:

      -All Valley Metro buses and light rail will operate a holiday/Sunday schedule
      -Customer Service will be closed.

      For more information, contact Customer Service at 602-253-5000 or go to valleymetro.org or www.tempe.gov/tim.

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

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      Mon, Dec 10, 2012

      Sun City West Joins Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride

      Phoenix, AZ – Valley Metro is adding the retirement community of Sun City West to the Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride service. Currently, Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride serves the communities in El Mirage, Surprise, Sun City and Youngtown. As of January 2, 2013, Sun City West will be included, citing cost savings and increased passenger benefits. To be eligible to access the new service in Sun City West, passengers must be ADA certified, 65 years of age and older or a person with a disability.

      “Expanding Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride to include Sun City West provides a first-time travel option to the residents in this unique community,” said Arleen Schenck, Valley Metro Mobility Services Manager. “Valley Metro is working to regionalize the Dial-a- Ride service on behalf of the customer and the communities where they travel. 

      Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride will offer extended hours and door-to-door service to passengers in Sun City West at $4.00 per one way trip. Additionally, passengers can travel in any of the Northwest Valley cities that are currently part of the regional program. Passengers should begin using the new reservation phone number on December 26 to schedule rides beginning January 2. More information can be found at valleymetro.org.

      Northwest Dial-a-Ride at a Glance:

      • Price: $4.00 per ride
      • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Saturday availability for dialysis patients only – 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Reservation hours: Monday – Friday, 6 am – 7:30 p.m.
      • Reservation phone number: 602.266.8723
      • Advance notice required: Call one to three days before trip is needed (no same-day service)
      • Rider eligibility: ADA certified, passengers 65-years and older, passengers with disabilities (no general public service)

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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      Tue, Nov 27, 2012

      Update on Northwest Light Rail Extension

      Phoenix, AZ (November 19, 2012) Valley Metro invites the community to attend a public meeting that will provide updates on the Northwest Extension of light rail. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the final design, see the draft construction schedule and learn about business assistance programs. Officials from Valley Metro, the city of Phoenix and construction contractors, Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck, will be available to answer questions. Residents and businesses have a choice of two dates:

      Tuesday, November 27, 2012
      6 – 8 p.m. (Presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.)
      Location: Orangewood Elementary School Cafeteria
      7337 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix (19th Avenue between Northern and Glendale)


      Thursday, November 29, 2012
      6 – 8 p.m. (Presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.)
      Richard E. Miller School Cafeteria
      2021 W. Alice Avenue, Phoenix (19th Avenue between Northern and Dunlap)

      The 3.2-mile extension will travel north from Bethany Home Road along 19th Avenue to Dunlap Avenue, opening in late 2015/early 2016. For more information on the project, go to www.valleymetro.org/northwest.

      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities at these meetings, please contact Carla Kahn at 602-744-5552 or ckahn@valleymetro.org. 
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      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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      Mon, Nov 19, 2012

      October 2012 Ridership Breaks All-Time Records

      Phoenix, AZ (Nov. 19, 2012) Passenger boardings for the regional transit system are the highest-ever recorded at 7,080,564 monthly boardings surpassing record ridership in April 2009 of 6,649,206. 

      “Significant ridership increases are an indicator that passengers are finding greater value and convenience by using public transit to reach their local destinations,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO.

      High ridership days on light rail are driven significantly by special events, such as the ASU vs. Oregon football game on October 18 that was the highest ridership day to date at more than 65,000 boardings. In October, light rail also experienced its highest Saturday ridership average in the system’s history.
      Ridership chart
      Annual and monthly ridership reports are also available online at ValleyMetro.org.

      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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.# # #


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      Wed, Oct 24, 2012

      Oct. 30 Meeting on Gilbert Road Extension

      PHOENIX, AZ — Valley Metro and the city of Mesa invite the community to attend a public meeting to learn more about extending light rail on Main Street between Mesa Drive and Gilbert Road.  Attendees will be updated on the Feasibility Study that evaluated various alternatives related to this future extension. Valley Metro and the city of Mesa are now entering into the next phase of the planning process, the Environmental Assessment (EA). At this meeting, two route alternatives will be reviewed, as well as the location and parking capacity necessary for a park-and-ride facility proposed for the west side of the intersection of Main Street and Gilbert Road.  Project staff will be on-hand to provide information and collect comments.

      Tuesday, October 30, 2012
      6 – 8 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
      St. Peter Lutheran Church
      1844 E. Dana Ave. (between Forest and Shouse streets)

      In 2009, METRO, Mesa City Council and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) approved a locally preferred alternative to extend light rail five miles on Main Street from Sycamore to Gilbert Road in two phases. The first phase is the 3.1-mile Central Mesa light rail extension from Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive that is currently under construction. The second phase is the 1.9 mile extension that ends at Gilbert Road.

      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities at this meeting, please contact Alex Albert at (602) 980-0913/TTY (602) 251-2039 or aalbert@valleymetro.org.  Also contact Alex to be added to the Gilbert Road email distribution list.

      Additional information is available online at www.metrolightrail.org/gilbertroad

      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 METRO light rail. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


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      Sat, Oct 20, 2012

      Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Possible Fare Change

      Phoenix, AZ (Oct. 2, 2012) Valley Metro is hosting a series of public events this fall to encourage feedback on potential transit fare changes that could take effect March 1, 2013. The proposal includes a $.25 increase for a 1-Ride fare on local bus/LINK/light rail and a $.50 increase for a 1-Ride fare on Express/RAPID. The new fare structure allows Express/RAPID riders to more equitably share in the cost of operations.

      In addition to the potential transit fare change, a new 15-day pass is proposed for local bus/LINK/light rail and the 3-day pass could be discontinued.

      Valley Metro is asking the public to give input by providing several opportunities to learn more about the fare change and offer feedback. Options to offer input include open houses, a public hearing, fare change webinar, social media conversation and in-person surveys. Public feedback will be accepted through Saturday, November 3. Details are also available at ValleyMetro.org or by calling 602.253.5000.

      Open Houses: A presentation is not provided, however staff and materials are on hand to share information and collect comments.  Persons needing disability accommodations should contact Valley Metro at 602.262.7433 or by email at receptionist@ValleyMetro.org.

      October 22, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      Tempe Transportation Center, Don Cassano Room
      200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

      October 23, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      Cesar Chavez Library
      3635 W. Baseline Rd., Laveen

      October 23, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      City of Chandler, Council Chambers
      88 E. Chicago St., Chandler

      October 24, 2012, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
      Valley Metro, Board Room
      101 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix

      October 24, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      Cholla Library, Multipurpose Room
      10050 Metro Pkwy., Phoenix

      October 24, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      City of Glendale, Council Chambers
      5850 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale

      October 25, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      City of Mesa, Utility Conference Room
      640 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa

      October 25, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      Arcadia High School, Conference Center
      4703 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix

      October 27, 2012, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
      Granite Reef Senior Center, Room 01
      1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale

      October 29, 2012, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
      Pecos Community Center, Multipurpose Room
      17010 S. 48th St., Phoenix

      October 30, 2012, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
      Desert Sage Library, Multipurpose Room
      7602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix

      Public hearing: The public hearing is a formal meeting that includes a presentation, spoken comments and stenographer to capture all comments. Persons needing disability accommodations should contact Valley Metro at 602.262.7433 or by email at receptionist@ValleyMetro.org.

      November 1, 2012, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
      Valley Metro Board Room
      101 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix

      Webinar
      October 23, 2012, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
      Listen to a presentation and staff will respond to your questions.
      Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/610855472

      Tweet Chat
      October 29, 2012, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
      Using #vmfares, learn more about the proposed fare adjustment and ask questions of @ValleyMetroRPTA

      In-person surveys
      Staff will conduct surveys at various locations throughout the Valley to receive additional feedback on the fare change.

      Online survey
      Go to the website, ValleyMetro.org, to complete an online comment card in English or Spanish.

      Email Valley Metro
      For questions or additional information, email us at fares@valleymetro.org or call Customer Service at 602.253.5000.

      More about the fare change proposal:

      In November 2011, fare change public meetings were held to receive input on a $.25 increase to the 1-Ride fare for local bus/LINK/light rail and Express/RAPID.

      With every fare increase proposal, a federally-required analysis must be conducted to ensure that all riders continue to have equal access and pay equally for transit service. With the originally proposed $.25 increase to the Express/RAPID 1-Ride fare, riders would be paying less for the cost to operate service than local bus/LINK/light rail riders. To provide equity among all fare paying passengers, the proposed fare increase now includes a change to the Express/RAPID 1-Ride fare from $.25 to $.50, an additional $.25 from the proposal in November 2011.

      Fare increases are necessary to preserve service. As the cost of transit operations continues to rise, fare revenue must keep pace. regular adjustments are required to keep service on the street and balance revenue with cost of operations.


      About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.# # #


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      Mon, Sep 24, 2012

      October is Rideshare Month

      Phoenix, AZ (Sept. 24, 2012) Valley Metro wants to know if you are up to the challenge of sharing your ride at least once a week in the month of October. Employers, local residents and anyone that makes a regular drive to work or school is asked to consider alternative travel options next month.

      “Sharing a ride is beneficial on so many levels,” said Dawn M. Coomer, Valley Metro Business Services Manager. “You can add minutes or hours to your day and arrive at your destination less stressed.” Considering vehicle fuel and maintenance costs, limiting the drive alone trip just one day a week can help save up to $70 a month.

      According to regional air quality experts, 49 miles of vehicle travel creates one pound of pollution. With an average Valley daily commute of 32 miles, using alternative modes can reduce ground-level ozone and the additional churn of particulate matter or dust particles from vehicle use.

      Western Refining employee, Mary Korba, says that joining a Valley Metro vanpool has been an exceptionally positive experience. “Not only am I saving money and time, I have developed lifelong friendships,” says Korba. “In fact, I met my husband while riding in a Valley Metro van. I guess you could say that spending quality time together twice each day has really paid off.”

      Rideshare Month is an annual county-wide event that encourages the use of alternative commute options, public transit, carpools, vanpools or bicycling to help reduce emissions from vehicle use, decrease congestion and conserve energy.  Here are the ways local residents and employers can participate in Rideshare Month:

      Commute Tracker contest: A perfect reason to try a new way to travel! Login or create an account at SharetheRide.com. Log daily commute activities and receive points to be entered into a contest for the chance to win prizes.

      Employer Challenge: The competition warms up as the Valley’s weather cools down! Local organizations compete against each other in a Valley-wide challenge October 7-13 by getting their employees to leave their cars at home at least once a week.
      More information is available by logging on to www.ValleyMetro.org.

      Anyone in the Valley seeking a carpool partner, seat in a commuter vanpool, bike buddy or other travel option can go to www.ShareTheRide.com. Public transit schedules and fares, park-and-ride locations and trip planning tools, including Google Transit, are available at www.ValleyMetro.org. Customers can also call 602.262.RIDE for additional information on options to driving alone.

      The Clean Air Campaign is sponsored by the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department, and Valley Metro.

      About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


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      Mon, Sep 10, 2012

      Comment on Phoenix bus route changes

      Public invited to comment on proposed bus route changes

      PHOENIX—With the anticipated start of light rail construction on 19th Avenue and the launch of the PHX Sky Train at Sky Harbor, the Phoenix Public Transit Department is proposing changes to city bus routes effective January 28, 2013 and the public is invited to make comments. Other service changes include the new RAPID route and the Sunnyslope neighborhood circulator route.

      The public can attend several public meetings and a public hearing, or send comments to the department, or take an on-line survey. Comments will be accepted until September 26, 2012.

      Bus routes 15, 19, and 60, which run on 19th Avenue, will be modified to avoid light rail construction area but a shuttle service is proposed along 19th Avenue from Bethany Home to MetroCenter Mall to service passengers in that zone.

      Bus routes 1, 13, and 44, which service the Sky Harbor area, will change to connect transit passengers to the PHX Sky Train, which will be launched in early 2013.

      Other proposed changes include making the RAPID Central/South Mountain route permanent – it is currently on a 180-day trial run; and shortening Sunnyslope’s SMART neighborhood circulator route to improve service frequency.

      Information is available at phoenix.gov/publictransit/jan2013.html, which includes an on-line survey about the proposed changes. The public can also attend any of the three public meetings or the public hearing; and submit comments via email or Twitter.

      Public Meetings

      • September 13, 6 a.m. – 8 a.m., Sunnyslope Transit Center, 8927 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
      • September 18, 5:30 a.m. – 8 a.m., 27th Avenue & Baseline Park-and-Ride, Phoenix
      • September 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.Orangewood Elementary School, Cafeteria, 7337 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix (after light rail discussion)

      Public Hearing

      • September 19, 2012, 6:00 p.m.until all comments are heard, with a 5:30 p.m.Open House to review information, at the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department, 302 N. First Avenue, 7th floor Conference Room, Phoenix.

      Comments

      “January 2013 Bus Service Changes” comments will be accepted until midnight September 26, 2012

      Take the on-line survey http://phoenix.gov/publictransit/news/jan2013.html; or send written comments to: Phoenix Public transit Department, 302 N. First Avenue, #900, Phoenix, Arizona 85003; or email PubTrans@phoenix.gov or http://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus


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      Thu, Sep 6, 2012

      Public Meeting to Introduce Light Rail Extension to Gilbert Road

      PHOENIX, AZ — METRO and the City of Mesa invite the community to attend a public meeting to learn about extending light rail on Main Street between Mesa Drive and Gilbert Road.  Attendees will be updated on the route alternatives under evaluation, view conceptual drawings and learn more about the federally-required Environmental Assessment (EA) process.  Project staff will be on-hand to provide information and collect comments.

      Tuesday, September 11, 2012
      6 – 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)
      Mesa Church of Christ – Fellowship Hall
      1223 East Dana Avenue, southeast corner of Stapley Drive/Dana Avenue

      In 2009, METRO, Mesa City Council and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) approved a locally preferred alternative to extend light rail five miles on Main Street from Sycamore to Gilbert Road in two phases. The first phase is the 3.1-mile Central Mesa light rail extension from Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive that is currently under construction.  The second phase to Gilbert Road is another 1.9 miles.  While unfunded at this time, the Gilbert Road extension continues to move through the planning process as future dollars are identified.

      For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Alex Albert at (602) 980-0913/TTY (602) 251-2039 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Also contact Alex to be added to the Gilbert Road email distribution list.

      Additional information is available online at www.metrolightrail.org/gilbertroad

      About Valley Metro Rail (METRO) 

      METRO is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system.  The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 13.2 million riders in 2011, exceeding the prior year by four percent.  METRO serves an average of 45,000 riders per weekday.  It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2032.


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      Tue, Sep 4, 2012

      Dial-a-Ride transition in Surprise

      Phoenix, AZ (August 28, 2012) The city of Surprise is working with Valley Metro to get their passengers transitioned to the Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride service. Citing savings and increased passenger benefits, the city of Surprise will begin the new partnership with the regional transit agency on October 1, 2012.

      “Expanding the Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride service to include Surprise provides value to the city, their passengers and the region,” said Arleen Schenck, Valley Metro Mobility Services Manager. “The transition to Valley Metro will expand passenger benefits such as our customary door-to-door service.

      Outreach events are scheduled for September as a way to introduce passengers to the new vehicles and meet representatives from Valley Metro and Discount Cab. Surprise residents and current Surprise Dial-a-Ride passengers are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming events. To reserve a ride to one of the events occurring during regular Dial-a-Ride operational hours Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., please call 623-222-1622.

      Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride Community Outreach Events

      -Sept. 4, 11:00 a.m., Cimarron Center, 17100 West Clearview Boulevard, Surprise, AZ 85387
      -Sept. 18,  9:00 a.m., Sun Village Community Center, 17300 North Sun Village Parkway, Surprise, AZ 85374 (enter from Bell Road and 143rd Avenue)
      -Sept. 19,  6:00 p.m., Disability Advisory Commission Meeting, Surprise City Hall, next to Council Chamber in Council overflow room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85473
      -Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m. – Surprise Senior Center, 15832 North Hollyhock Street, Surprise, AZ 85478

      Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride currently serves residents who are seniors age 65 and over, as well as residents who are disabled, in El Mirage, Sun City and Youngtown. Service in Surprise will also include the general public at this time. On October 1, Surprise will be added to the service that is contracted to Total Transit, the parent company of Discount Cab. Discount Cab has also been providing ADA paratransit service for East Valley Dial-a-Ride cities since July 1, 2012.

      Additional passenger benefits include customizing vehicles for specific travel needs, longer scheduling hours and unlimited ride bookings. All drivers are trained according to the same federal standards as any public transportation provider.

      For more information about Dial-a-Ride service, call Valley Metro customer service at 602-253-5000 or go to www.ValleyMetro.org.


      Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.

       

       


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      Tue, Aug 28, 2012

      Calling All 3rd Grade Artists!

      PHOENIX (Aug. 28, 2012) – The eighth annual Cool Transit STUFF contest kicks off with an invite to all 3rd graders in Maricopa County that love to draw city buses or trains. With the theme, Valley Metro Brings the Community Together! Valley Metro is encouraging students to consider how taking a bus or train ties a community together.

      The objective of the contest is to promote excitement about public transportation. Transit also provides solutions to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.

      Who: All 3rd graders in Maricopa County during FY 2012/13 school year
      What: 8th Annual Cool Transit STUFF Contest
      Where: Entry forms at http://www.valleymetro.org/transit_education/bus_contest
      When: Entries accepted until Friday, October 5, 2012
      How: Use the reverse side of the entry forms as the canvas! Draw a picture that focuses on one of the following three areas:

      1. Going Fun Places on Valley Metro – Go far without a car, riding transit brings people in our community together.
      2. Staying Safe on Transit – Riding transit is one of the safest ways to get around our community.
      3. Going Green for My Community - Transit helps protect Planet Earth.  Stop Pollution and Ride a Solution: Valley Metro!
      Include city bus and light rail images, family and community in your design.

      Why: To be one of 13 winners who have their art displayed in a fun calendar and distributed to Valley leaders and the general public. Winners will also receive fun prizes!

      Rules of the contest:
      • Artwork can be drawn in crayons, colored pencils, markers, or computer drawings and must be drawn on an 8 ½ x 11 white piece paper (no lined paper).
      • All 3rd graders in Maricopa County during the 2012/2013 school year are eligible to submit art.
      • Artwork must be designed and created by an individual student.
      • Contest is limited to one entry per person.
      • Deadline for entry is Friday, October 5, 2012 at 5 p.m.
      • Artwork can be mailed to:
              Valley Metro
              Attn: Transit Education Department
              101 N. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1300
              Phoenix, AZ 85003

      Judging is based on successfully illustrating one of these themes, as well as creativity and neatness. For more information about the contest, contact Transit Education at (602) 523-6070.

      Transit Education is a major initiative provided by Valley Metro that includes school classroom presentations, bus and light rail field trips, and community event participation.

      Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

      Valley Metro Rail (dba METRO light rail) is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system.  The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 13.2 million riders in 2011, exceeding the prior year by four percent.  METRO serves an average of 40,000 riders per weekday.  It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.
       
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      Wed, Aug 22, 2012

      Nominate Your Employer for Clean Air Efforts

      Champions for Clean Air
      25th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards and Luncheon Presented by SRP
      Call for Nominations

      The 2012 Clean Air Awards’ Call for Nominations is underway. Help us honor the individuals and organizations making extraordinary efforts to create a brighter future for the Valley. The award’s honorees have significantly reduced air pollution and traffic congestion by supporting clean air programs and encouraging the use of alternative modes of transportation, including riding transit, biking, teleworking and more. Please join Valley Metro, SRP, and other community leaders in recognizing their efforts by nominating them for a prestigious Clean Air Campaign Award. We look forward to receiving your nominations! To download a nominations packet, click here.

      People’s Choice Bulletin Board Submission Deadline
      Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

      Nomination Deadline
      Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 5:00 p.m.


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      Thu, Jul 12, 2012

      PHX Public Transit Hosts Bus Event for New RAPID™ Service

      The Phoenix Public Transit Department is opening the bus doors to potential new passengers with a free “open bus” event July 15, 2012 for the new RAPID™ Central/South Mountain route serving south and southwest areas of Phoenix.  Passengers can board an air-conditioned display bus, test out the seats, get transit schedules, and learn about other transit services. The new route provides commuter service from the 27th Ave. and Baseline Rd. park-and-ride to downtown Phoenix. 

      The event will be held on July 15, 7-9 a.m., 2727 W. Baseline Road, which is the southwest corner of 27th Avenue and Baseline Road. A new 180-day pilot of RAPID service in the South Mountain community will begin operating on July 23. Information about the new RAPID route and all Valley Metro services are available by clicking here.


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      Wed, Jul 11, 2012

      ZOOM Circulator Bus Expands into Tolleson

      Phoenix, AZ The neighborhood circulator bus that serves Avondale residents will be “zooming” into Tolleson beginning Monday, July 23. For the first time since the route began service one year ago, trips will be made on Saturday giving riders options for using neighborhood transit six days a week.

      “Partnering with the City of Avondale on the first anniversary of the ZOOM circulator offers Tolleson residents half-hour service Monday through Friday with an abbreviated schedule on Saturday.  This is the first time in our 100 year history that we will be able to provide connectivity to our residents, as well as to our Fortune 500 employers and our local businesses,” said Mayor Adolfo F. Gámez.  “As a full service community to our 6,541 residents we are pleased to add this connectivity from Tolleson to the YMCA.”

      ZOOM will expand travel between the areas of Gateway Pavillions, at 99th Avenue and McDowell Road, and Estrella Mountain Community College, near Thomas and Dysart roads. New stops on July 23 include the Southwest Valley YMCA, Tolleson City Hall and Tolleson Crossings.

      ZOOM flyer


      To celebrate the service expansion, Avondale, Tolleson and Valley Metro will host a “Splash into Service” event on Monday, July 23, 8 a.m., at Tolleson City Hall. The celebration will include brief remarks by local officials, fun activities for younger residents and refreshments. The public is welcome to attend.

      Splash into Service invite


      “The ZOOM circulator has become a familiar part of Avondale’s landscape,” said Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers. “This convenient service has made it easier for people to connect to places within the community, whether it’s for education, shopping, medical visits or recreation.” Mayor Lopez Rogers added that Avondale is pleased to have Saturday service with expansion into Tolleson, giving riders more options for travel.

      With about 400 daily boardings in May 2012, ZOOM is experiencing a 62 percent increase in ridership since August 2011. The demand for service has prompted city officials to add Saturday trips that will run every 30 minutes from approximately 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Weekday service operates every 30 minutes from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

      ““With a steady increase in ridership over the past year, the ZOOM neighborhood circulator service is proving its value to the regional transit system,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “The collaboration with our West Valley partners to create a new transit market is adding to the quality of life we all experience.”
      ZOOM is partially funded by the cities and residents of Avondale and Tolleson.

      Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

       

       

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      Mon, Jul 9, 2012

      Service Changes—New Transit Book

      Phoenix, AZ Changes will occur on more than 35 local routes and 19 Express bus routes on Monday, July 23. In addition, three local circulator routes will have adjustments.  There are no changes to the METRO light rail schedule. Passengers can click here to view the new schedules and route maps.

      “Valley Metro is still adjusting to lower than anticipated sales tax revenues, which is our main source of funding for transit operations,” said Paul Hodgins, Valley Metro Transit Life Cycle Program manager. “We are working hard to reduce the impact on our passengers while focusing on service efficiency and productivity.”

      Passengers should note that significant changes to the Express bus system will occur with July’s service change.  Routes that are being eliminated have alternative service nearby or are being combined with other routes to create a new Express bus route.

      Changes to local routes include schedule and route adjustments.  Avondale’s ZOOM circulator will introduce Saturday service and new stops at the Southwest Valley YMCA and various locations in Tolleson.  Tempe’s Orbit Jupiter and Mars routes will have both routing changes and schedule adjustments. A new Central South Mountain RAPID service will travel from 27th Avenue and Baseline Park-and-Ride to downtown and the Capitol area. Passengers are advised to go online at www.ValleyMetro.org to view all of the bus route changes before July 23.

      The Transit Book is an electronic and printed comprehensive resource that passengers rely on for tips about riding transit, fare outlet location information and schedules and maps for more than 80 bus routes and METRO light rail. It is available online or can be picked up at transit centers and on buses. Reference copies of the Transit Book are available at city libraries and city halls.  A customized version of the Transit Book can be created by using the “My eTransit Book” link at ValleyMetro.org.


      Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

      Valley Metro Rail (dba METRO light rail) is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system.  The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 13.2 million riders in 2011, exceeding the prior year by four percent.  METRO serves an average of 40,000 riders per weekday.  It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.

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      Fri, Jun 22, 2012

      Unification of Bus Contracts Being Explored

      Phoenix, AZ (June 22, 2012) In a move to help create a fully integrated regional transit system in the Valley, the City of Tempe and the Valley Metro RPTA are exploring a “scout program” for bus service unification. This “scout program” would aid in taking the first steps to unify Tempe’s bus operations with the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA). The intent is to operate regional bus more efficiently, achieve cost savings, and improve service to customers. Tempe currently operates 19 bus routes (including Local, Express, Flash and Orbit) from a bus operations facility on Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. The RPTA currently operates 22 Local and Express bus routes from an operations facility located on Greenfield Road in Mesa. Combined, Tempe and RPTA provide nearly 45 percent of the region’s bus service.

      “With the expiration of both agencies’ individual bus operations contracts approaching, this creates an opportunity to consider whether unification between Tempe and RPTA will provide a more cost effective and efficient bus system for our residents,” said Tempe Councilmember and RPTA Board member Shana Ellis.

      Much of the estimated savings potential stems from increasing the number of bus routes based out of the more centrally located East Valley Bus Operations Maintenance Facility in Tempe. Additionally, the Tempe facility has bus maintenance capacity for 250 buses whereas RPTA’s Mesa facility can accommodate up to 150 buses. Unifying will also create opportunities to reduce duplicative contractor staff by consolidating functions, consolidate auxiliary contracts (e.g., fuel supply, fuel station maintenance), and improve operational and security coordination. In addition to greater efficiency, higher service quality will be a measure of success in the unification effort.

      The advantages to the community may include the preservation of existing bus service as the potential cost savings and long-term efficiencies achieved can partially replace budget gaps created by lagging sales tax revenues in local and regional transit budgets. The estimated savings is in the range of $800,000 to $1,000,000 with Tempe’s local savings totaling about half of this amount.

      Tempe and RPTA are conducting a joint procurement process to hire a new bus operations contractor to provide services from both sites beginning July 2013. The procurement will require contractors to provide pricing for both the unified operation and separated operations. This strategy will provide the Tempe City Council and RPTA Board with concrete information on the actual cost savings related to unification and will aid both agencies in making the final decision to proceed with unification. It is anticipated that one or more contractors will be selected in December 2012 and will begin the contract term of six years on July 1, 2013.

      Tempe will continue to administer its local Transit Tax (i.e., a permanent half-cent sales tax that funds transit in the city). Tempe will also continue to own its bus fleet and operations facility, and exercise complete control of all non-rail elements of its transit program.

      The RPTA’s major funding source for regional transit services is a portion of the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by voters in 2004 (i.e., Proposition 400).

      Tempe and the RPTA currently partner on bus procurement and fleet maintenance inspections, which has resulted in improved coordination, streamlined project delivery and reduction of costs to both agencies.


      Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.
       

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      Mon, Jun 18, 2012

      Dump the Pump on June 21


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      imageOn June 21, 2012 the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and public transportation systems across the country participated to celebrate the 7th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Arizonans rode transit on National Dump the Pump Day, including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as a way to help reduce vehicle trips and take a vacation from the pain at the pump. As the largest Dump the Pump Day ever, more than 144 transit agencies across the nation participated including Valley Metro and transit operations in the cities of Avondale, Flagstaff, Tucson and Yuma.

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      Dump the Pump Day interview


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