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Thu, Jun 16, 2016

Valley Metro Boards Elect New Officers

PHOENIX, AZ – The Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail Boards of Directors have elected new officers for the Fiscal Year 2016-17 term.

Elected to serve on July 1, 2016 for Valley Metro RPTA:

Chair – Phoenix Councilmember Thelda Williams
Vice Chair – Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp
Treasurer – Glendale Councilmember Lauren Tolmachoff

“The future of public transportation in the region is one that residents are excited about,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro RPTA Board Chair-Elect Thelda Williams. “As we look to fulfill the Regional Transportation Plan and Phoenix’s Transportation 2050, we will coordinate a series of improvements that will grow our system and ability to serve more people and communities. Passengers will benefit from new routes and longer service hours across fiscal year 2017 and beyond.”

In October 2016 and April 2017, significant bus service enhancements will roll out in Phoenix and neighboring cities as part of the Transportation 2050 plan. By April, the region will experience a 25% growth in bus service, including greater service hours and frequency.

Valley Metro is the regional public transportation agency providing coordinated, multi-modal transit options to residents of greater Phoenix. With a core mission of advancing a network of transit services, Valley Metro plans, develops and operates regional bus service and alternative transportation programs for commuters, seniors and people with disabilities. The Board is comprised of elected officials from 15 cities and towns and Maricopa County.

Elected to serve on July 1, 2016 for Valley Metro Rail:

Chair – Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell
Vice Chair – Mesa Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh
Tempe Mayor and Board Chair-Elect Mark Mitchell said it’s vitally important to provide riders with a safe, efficient and reliable light rail system. 

“Regional cooperation is critical to continuing our mission of expanding Valley Metro Rail to connect more people with more destinations across the Valley,” Mitchell said. “As Chair, I look forward to furthering the Valley Metro Rail Board’s commitment to transparency in planning, managing and operating our Valley’s rail system, as well as diligent stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”

Earlier this year the light rail opened extensions in central Mesa and northwest Phoenix, adding approximately six miles to the system. Groundbreaking will begin in fall of 2016 to add another 1.9 miles to the line in Mesa extending the light rail to Gilbert Road.

Valley Metro Rail plans, constructs, operates and maintains the light rail/high-capacity system in the greater Phoenix area. The Board is comprised of five member cities who provide policy direction for rail service.

A subcommittee of the Boards of Directors is the Audit and Finance Subcommittee, which provides financial oversight of agency budget and expenditures. Buckeye Councilmember Eric Orsborn and Chandler Councilmember Rick Heumann are elected to serve on this committee as of July 1 also joining Board representatives from Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Surprise.

Click here for more about the Valley Metro Boards of Directors.

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 2015, total ridership for the system was 73 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 and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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