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Wed, Dec 21, 2011

Centennial Transit Pass Celebration & Giveaway

Phoenix, AZ (December 21, 2011) The Old West comes riding into downtown Phoenix on Friday, January 6 to announce the arrival of the 2012 Commemorative Arizona Centennial Transit Pass as a way to celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday.

Before buses and light rail trains traveled on Phoenix streets, Valley residents rode horses and walked to get to their destinations. As a reminder of days gone by, Valley Metro and METRO light rail will be distributing 500 keepsake Commemorative Centennial All-day transit passes at Central Station and key passenger points along the METRO light rail line. While the keepsake passes can be used for modern-day travel, Valley Metro is offering them for a limited time in 2012.


“While offering a modern, multi-modal transit system in 2012 to serve the Valley, we have a rich transit history that dates back to the late 1800s with horse-pulled coaches,” said METRO CEO Steve Banta.  “During this time of Arizona’s Centennial, we are paying respect to our history and providing a commemorative keepsake that we hope our riders enjoy.”

Costumed actors representing the horse and buggy days will be at Central Station, then boarding light rail at 7 a.m. to distribute All-day passes to riders who are traveling westbound to Montebello and 19th Avenue and eastbound to the Tempe Transportation Center and Sycamore Station. One pass per person please. Passengers can take their photo with the actors and post it to Valley Metro’s and/or METRO light rail’s Facebook pages to have the opportunity to receive a prize including a gift certificate to the Stockyards Restaurant to enjoy the special Arizona Centennial menu, a family four-pack of Centennial transit passes and Centennial merchandise.

January 6 Event Itinerary:

• 6 a.m.-7 a.m.: Actors and a four-legged means of transportation at Central Station distributing Commemorative Centennial All-day passes.
• 7 a.m.-8 a.m.: Actors board trains for east and westbound destinations distributing Commemorative Centennial All-day passes to light rail passengers and at transit center stops.

The Centennial transit pass can be purchased beginning January 3, 2012 at transit centers and on January 1 at fare vending machines located at seven light rail stations listed at Participating retail outlets will also have the Centennial pass available. A complete list of retail outlets selling passes can be found at

The All-day pass and All-day Reduced pass is available at transit centers, retail outlets and at The seven light rail station fare vending machines will dispense the Centennial pass in any denomination except the one-ride fare. For a complete list of retail outlets, go to The Centennial transit pass, which can be used for travel on the Valley Metro system now, is available while supplies last.

For more information, go to or call 602.253.5000.

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, a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and 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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