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PHOENIX, AZ –The newest edition of the Valley Metro Transit Book announces changes to service that begin Monday, January 28. Service changes for the regional transit system occur twice each year: January and July. Upcoming changes to service include:
-New 19th Avenue Connector travels between Bethany Home Road and Dunlap Avenue to help reduce congestion during light rail construction
-Route 1 on Washington/Jefferson will be re-routed to enter the new Sky Train Transit Center at 44th Street and Washington
-Route 96 on Dobson will add one morning and two afternoon trips to serve the Snedigar Sports Complex
-Route 112 on Country Club/Arizona Avenue extends south to Pecos Road
-Route 251 on 51st Avenue extends south to Pecos Road to serve the Komatke Heath Center
-Route 541-Chandler Express will be re-routed to serve the West Mesa Park-and-Ride
-Express Route 542-Chandler Express will add one weekday roundtrip
Click here for a complete list of changes. There will be no changes to light rail service.
In addition, Valley Metro wants passengers to be prepared for a fare increase effective Friday, March 1. New fares take effect on Valley Metro transit services including bus and light rail. The current 1-Ride fare will increase by $.25 on the local bus/LINK/light rail and $.50 on Express/RAPID. The new fare structure allows Express/RAPID riders to more equitably share in the cost of transit operations. A public involvement program was conducted last fall to obtain feedback from passengers about the proposed increase. Click here for more information on fare changes.
“We recognize that a fare increase can be challenging for our customers,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “However, what we heard loud and clear during public outreach was a value for our existing service. This increase will maintain the service on the street today.” The last fare increase occurred in July 2009.
The change in fares includes the addition of a more affordable 15-day pass, which gives frequent transit users the convenient option of purchasing a multi-day pass that is less costly than the 31-day pass. Another change effective March 1 is the elimination of the 3-day pass, which will no longer be available due to lack of use. .
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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