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Valley Metro is considering changes to bus service and the public is encouraged to provide input about possible service reductions through March 9. Changes could take effect as early as July 2012.
Due to a lingering recessionary climate less local, state and federal revenues are available to support public transit. The expected shortfall totals more than $137 million dollars for the various major transit funds. Nearly 80 percent of transit agencies across the U.S. have cut service or raised fares or are considering either or both of those actions. Although there has been growing demand for transit, passenger fares cover only about 23% of operations costs.
Valley Metro Express bus routes will be considered in the July 2012 service change. Express bus routes operate only during peak commute hours and travel primarily to downtown Phoenix employment centers from local cities and towns.
“With new park-and-rides being added to the Valley’s transit system, a new type of Express service is proposed that will streamline the service and provide faster, more point-to-point service,” said Carol Ketcherside, Valley Metro RPTA Director of Planning.
Valley Metro and member agencies will conduct regional public hearings on possible service changes to: Grand Avenue Limited (GAL) and Routes 0, 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 27, 29, 35, 41, 43, 50, 51, 52, 59, 60, 67, 70, 80, 90, 136, 154, 251, 510, 511, 512, 520, 521, 531, 532, 533, 540, 541, 542, 560, 562, 571, 581, I-17 RAPID, I-10 East RAPID, I-10 West RAPID, SR-51 RAPID, I-17 RAPID to Rail.
The public can provide input regarding the proposed service changes using an electronic comment card at ValleyMetro.org, by email to email@example.com, or by attending a public hearing.
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