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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.


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 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

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