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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Stand Up 4 Transportation Parade on April 9

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro, along with Arizona’s local and state transportation agencies, will host a transportation vehicle parade and media event on National Transportation Infrastructure Day, Thursday, April 9.

The American Public Transportation Association is launching Stand Up 4 Transportation, a national movement aimed at educating elected officials about the importance of transportation infrastructure investment and the need for sustainable federal funding before the current transportation bill expires on May 31, 2015. Anyone can sign the online petition to support transportation infrastructure funding at or follow activities at #StandUp4Transportation or #SU4T.

“A reliable federal funding source is critical to maintain and expand our streets, bridges, public transit and aviation facilities,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO, on behalf of event partners. “Preserving and improving transportation infrastructure revitalizes communities, enhances quality of life and creates jobs.”
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Who:           American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Arizona Chapter of Associated General Contractors, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Arizona Transit Association (AzTA), City of Phoenix, Dunn Transportation, Friends of Transit, Grid Bike Share, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Mountain Line (Flagstaff), Sun Tran (Tucson), Valley Metro and Yuma County Area Transit

Sponsors:    Alternate Concepts, Inc., First Transit, HDR and Sundt Stacy & Witbeck Joint Venture
Alternate Concepts, Inc., First Transit, HDR and Sundt Stacy & Witbeck Joint Venture

What:          Transportation vehicles* that support crucial transportation services and projects in Arizona will travel on Central/1st avenues
*Public transit buses from Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma; Mountain Line vanpool van; ADOT snow plow; construction equipment and more!

When:        Thursday, April 9
                  10 a.m.          Vehicle parade
                  10:30 a.m.      Media event

Where:         Parade travels from Hance Park to Civic Space Park along Central/1st Ave.
Best view of parade: southeast corner of Roosevelt St./1st Ave.
Media event & vehicle display: Civic Space Park      

Why:          The current federal transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31, 2015. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, Arizona’s infrastructure will face tremendous uncertainty for vital transportation services and projects. Transportation is the backbone of our local and national economy. A long-term transportation bill is needed for better and expanded transportation options and to continue to support the economy. 

Remarks:     Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
                    U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego
                    Maricopa County Department of Transportation Director Jennifer Toth
                    Additional elected and private sector leaders

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 Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, 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

About Stand Up for Transportation Day: With the future of America’s public transportation, roads, bridges and rail systems on the line, transportation and community leaders from across the country will unite on April 9, 2015 to highlight “Stand Up for Transportation Day.” Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), with support from national and local partners from transportation organizations, business and community oriented interests, Stand Up for Transportation Day will unite the voices of 216 participating organizations in more than 140 communities across the country to focus on the urgency of the passage of a long-term, federal transportation bill.

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