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Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Former Glendale Mayor Meets Student of Namesake Intern Program

ASU student and Valley Metro intern, Sam Stevenson, met recently with former Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs about her namesake internship program.  Stevenson, a native of Birmingham, England, is a recent ASU graduate with a Master’s degree in Engineering. The purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for a student of planning, engineering or a related field to receive hands-on experience in the public transportation industry.

“It was truly an honor to meet Mayor Scruggs and to be selected for the internship program in her name,” said Stevenson. “Her passion for regional transit has been crucial to the development of public transportation in the Valley, and to hear her story first-hand was fascinating.”

Valley Metro named the annual transit internship program in honor Mayor Scruggs due to her commitment to public transportation for more than 19 years. She served as Valley Metro’s longest serving Board member and Chair in 2008. She also led the way in supporting dedicated funding sources to help ensure the expansion of transit in Maricopa County. 

Stevenson is gaining experiencing working alongside staff in various divisions of Valley Metro including Operations, Design and Construction, Planning, Government Affairs and Marketing/Community Relations.

Photo: Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO (left), Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs (center) and Sam Stevenson (right) meet and tour the Valley Metro Operations and Maintenance Center.

Mayor Scruggs-Intern at OMC

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 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. 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

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