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Mon, May 5, 2014

Keep it Cool This Summer While Riding Transit

They say it’s a dry heat but the Valley’s summer sun is brutal if you’re not prepared. That’s why Valley Metro is encouraging riders to stay cool this summer as they plan their transit trips. Here are some cool tips for riders as they walk to bus stops and train stations:

1. Always carry water. Containers with spill-proof lids are allowed on buses and light rail.
2. Plan your trip. Use NextRide for real-time schedule info to reduce wait times.
3. Create your own shade by using a small umbrella or by wearing a hat.
4. Always wear sunscreen.

Click here for more tips to help Keep it Cool this summer and to access coupons for cool treats.

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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