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Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Local Transit Official Receives National Honor

Phoenix, AZ – Hillary Foose, Director, Communication and Marketing, has been named one of Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 under Forty recipients – a national recognition program honoring professionals who have made significant contributions to the public transit industry.

“Hillary is a very bright and talented individual who is a critical part of the Valley Metro leadership team,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “She has helped shape Valley Metro into a true regional system serving 250,000 passengers per day by ensuring that our message is on point and our customer focus is sharp.”

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Foose joined the Valley Metro Rail team in 2008 as public information officer and was instrumental in the light rail grand opening nearly six years ago. With the unification of the light rail and bus agencies, Foose was promoted to director of communication and marketing and played a pivotal role in the integration of the two systems. She manages the marketing and communications department overseeing a team of 30 people. She is responsible for the strategy and implementation of campaigns for the light rail line, bus service, dial-a-ride, Commute Solutions and future capital projects, including two rail extensions under construction.

“We received so many qualified nominations we could easily have extended the list,” adds Leah Harnack, Mass Transit magazine editor. “It was challenging to narrow it down, but we are confident that this list is made up of professionals who are not only extremely deserving of this honor, we expect they will continue to play a significant role in public transport for decades to come.”

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 valleymetro.org. # # #




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