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Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Service Changes—New Transit Book

Phoenix, AZ Changes will occur on more than 35 local routes and 19 Express bus routes on Monday, July 23. In addition, three local circulator routes will have adjustments.  There are no changes to the METRO light rail schedule. Passengers can click here to view the new schedules and route maps.

“Valley Metro is still adjusting to lower than anticipated sales tax revenues, which is our main source of funding for transit operations,” said Paul Hodgins, Valley Metro Transit Life Cycle Program manager. “We are working hard to reduce the impact on our passengers while focusing on service efficiency and productivity.”

Passengers should note that significant changes to the Express bus system will occur with July’s service change.  Routes that are being eliminated have alternative service nearby or are being combined with other routes to create a new Express bus route.

Changes to local routes include schedule and route adjustments.  Avondale’s ZOOM circulator will introduce Saturday service and new stops at the Southwest Valley YMCA and various locations in Tolleson.  Tempe’s Orbit Jupiter and Mars routes will have both routing changes and schedule adjustments. A new Central South Mountain RAPID service will travel from 27th Avenue and Baseline Park-and-Ride to downtown and the Capitol area. Passengers are advised to go online at to view all of the bus route changes before July 23.

The Transit Book is an electronic and printed comprehensive resource that passengers rely on for tips about riding transit, fare outlet location information and schedules and maps for more than 80 bus routes and METRO light rail. It is available online or can be picked up at transit centers and on buses. Reference copies of the Transit Book are available at city libraries and city halls.  A customized version of the Transit Book can be created by using the “My eTransit Book” link at

Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Valley Metro Rail (dba METRO light rail) is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system.  The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 13.2 million riders in 2011, exceeding the prior year by four percent.  METRO serves an average of 40,000 riders per weekday.  It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.

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