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Mon, Apr 3, 2017

Rail Weekend Ridership Up 79%

PHOENIX, AZ – Getting to Final Four Phoenix weekend events was a slam dunk for locals, visitors and fans. Valley Metro Rail served more than 275,000 riders Friday through Sunday, 79% more than an average weekend.

“The combination of the Final Four events, ballgames and numerous other local festivities was challenging for our system, but our dedicated team members pulled it off without major problems,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “The Phoenix region invested in light rail with these types of activities in mind, and the success of this weekend demonstrated just how much our system contributes to the regional economy and quality of life.”

In addition to Final Four Fan Fest and March Madness Music Festival, riders chose Valley Metro Rail to connect to the Arizona Diamondbacks home opener, Phoenix Suns game, Phoenix Pride Festival and Tempe Festival of the Arts. On Sunday, April 2, Valley Metro Rail served an estimated 142% more riders compared to an average Sunday.

DateFinal RidershipAverage Daily Ridership
Friday, March 31, 201769,27851,853
Saturday, April 1, 201774,10745,986
Sunday, April 2, 201780,21032,774

Thanks to our MVPs, Valley Metro provides a winning combination of safe and convenient transportation during major special events and for riders 365 days a year. Our Final Four starting lineup included more than:

  • 75 rail operators and supervisors to efficiently transport riders to downtown events
  • 70 light rail vehicle, platform and system maintenance technicians to keep trains running safely
  • 45 fare inspectors in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration and Phoenix Police Transit Enforcement Unit and K9 teams to ensure the safety and security of riders
  • 40 bus operators and supervisors to provide special event transportation support
  • 42 customer service representatives to answer rider questions
  • 75 Valley Metro ambassadors to greet and guide visitors and riders

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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 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity 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, Instagram and Twitter or visiting

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