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Tue, Jun 26, 2012

Bus and Light Rail Schedule Changes on 4th of July

Phoenix, AZ (June 26, 2012) Valley Metro buses will be operating on a Sunday schedule on the Independence Day holiday, July 4, 2012. Express bus and RAPID commuter bus services will not be running on July 4. 

The Tempe Town Lake Festival will impact bus service with some extended service and street restrictions. Tempe’s local and Orbit buses will run on Sunday schedules on July 4 until 5 p.m. when most Tempe bus service will begin running every 15 minutes northbound to the Tempe Transportation Center until 10 p.m. and return service until midnight on most southbound routes.

Please refer to the Rider’s Alert tab at for all July 4th all detour information impacting bus service in Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and other cities. All detours will be posted by Friday, June 29.

METRO light rail will operate on 20 minute service on July 4 until 5 p.m. when service will begin running every 10 minutes to accommodate special holiday events along the light rail line. Service on light rail will be extended by one hour, with the final eastbound and westbound trips departing at midnight. Passengers are encouraged to purchase their All-day pass in advance of their trip to avoid waiting at fare vending machines. An All-day pass costs $3.50 and a one-ride trip costs 1.75 for the regular fare. Fare sales locations are available at

In addition, Customer Service will be closed on July 4 in observance of the holiday. For assistance with routes and schedules, passengers have several options:
• Refer to the Trip Planner or Google Transit at for information on bus and light rail schedules
• Use NextRide to receive next trip bus and light rail arrival information:
o Call 602-253-5000 and say “NextRide,” then say or enter the STOP # located at your bus or light rail stop
o Text 64274 and enter NXRD and the STOP# located at your bus or light rail stop (standard text messaging rates apply)
o Go online to

Customers can also obtain information about various transit services by using Valley Metro’s automated phone system 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 602.253.5000 or TTY: 602.251.2039 (for the hearing impaired).

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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