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Tue, Jul 21, 2015

Discover Businesses Along Light Rail

MESA, AZ – Support local businesses that will soon be just a train ride away. On Thursday, July 30, more than sixty businesses along the Central Mesa and Northwest Phoenix light rail extensions will be under one roof. The public will have an opportunity to meet with local business owners and find out about the shops, restaurants and museums they’ll soon be able to visit via light rail.

The Central Mesa extension opens Saturday, August 22 and the Northwest Phoenix extension is anticipated to open spring 2016.

Transit Means Business flyer

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 66-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 Friends of Transit: Friends of Transit was incorporated in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Friends of Transit is the instruction of the public on the benefits and importance to the Greater Phoenix community of a well-designed and accessible mass transit system, which represents a major component of a balanced regional transportation plan. The concept of forming Friends of Transit originated after the Phoenix electorate approved a .4% sales tax increase to fund a comprehensive transit system in 2000, consisting of improved bus service and the addition of a light rail transit component. As a result of the successful transit elections in the Cities of Phoenix, Arizona and Tempe, Arizona, several community leaders identified the continuing need to educate the public about the benefits of the voter-approved plans, given, in particular, that some elements of the program would not be implemented for several years following the vote. A board of directors sets the agenda and direction of Friends of Transit with the intent of spreading information about public transportation the residents in the Valley. Get the latest FOT news by following us on Facebook or visiting

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