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PHOENIX, AZ — On Sunday, January 20, 2013, the entire Valley Metro light rail line will be open with enhanced service to connect full and half-marathoners to the race starts 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:
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 a.m. - 9 a.m., or until the race has cleared:
• Montebello/19th Avenue
• 19th Avenue/Camelback
• 7th Avenue/Camelback
Service will continue on 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. Additional trains will be provided to support the demand at race finish.
Valley Metro will add three additional trains to accommodate Bike Tour participants once they have completed the course. The bike trains will leave from Veterans Way/College station at approximately 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Passengers on light rail are required to pay a fare, including marathon/Bike Tour participants. An All-day pass is recommended.
The following bus routes in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale will be impacted: 0, 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, 39, 41, 44, 48, 50, 56, 62, 65, 66, 70, 72, 81, FLASH, Orbit Jupiter, Orbit Earth, Orbit Mars, Orbit Mercury, Orbit Venus, Scottsdale Neighborhood Trolley, Miller Trolley, Scottsdale Hospitality 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 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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