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Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Valley Metro Celebrates Clean Air Champs

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is pleased to announce the winners of the 27th annual Clean Air Campaign Awards that honored 25 individuals and organizations who have made special efforts to improve air quality in the Valley.

“It’s a pleasure to honor those who are working creatively on our behalf to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion,” said Valley Metro Rail Board Chair, Valley Metro RPTA Board member and Mesa Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh. “The demand for new light rail extensions and added bus service is proof that commuters are seeking viable travel alternatives.”

Today’s awards ceremony caps off year-long efforts by organizations with 50 or more employees that take part in the Maricopa County Trip Reduction Program.

“This day serves as an important reminder that air quality is not confined to city borders and is an issue that affects everyone,” said Valley Metro RPTA Board Treasurer, Valley Metro Rail Board member and Glendale Councilmember Gary Sherwood. “While we’ve made great strides in building the Valley’s transit network over the past ten years, we should look down the road to add transit services for the next generation.”

Representing Valley Metro, Kavanaugh and Sherwood presented remarks about recent and anticipated transit progress prior to the award announcements.

Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including bus, light rail, carpool, vanpool, compressed work weeks, telecommute, bicycle and walking as a way for organizations to their meet annual trip reduction goals. Partnering organizations that help sponsor the Clean Air Campaign include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department and SRP.

Follow the conversation Thursday on Twitter at #CleanAirChamps. To learn more about transit options, visit valleymetro.org. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit sharetheride.com.

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 60-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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