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Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Valley Metro Receives Innovative Transportation Solutions Award

PHOENIX, AZ—On Saturday, March 12, Valley Metro, in partnership with the cities of Mesa and Phoenix, were presented with the WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award for their business assistance programs during the construction of the Central Mesa and Northwest Phoenix extensions.  The annual event, occurring at the Desert Botanical Garden, included more than 170 individuals from the local and regional transportation industry. The WTS Metro Phoenix Scholarship and Awards Ceremony is conducted annually to award scholarships to young women in the STEM fields and give special recognition to individuals and organizations making an impact in the transportation industry.

Photo (from left to right): Albert Santana, City of Phoenix Assistant to the City Manager; Jodi Sorrell, City of Mesa Transit Services; Howard Steere, Valley Metro Community Relations Manager; Jessica Rietz, WTS Metro Phoenix President.

“Every business assistance program begins with a custom approach for outreach, marketing and promotional strategies that best fit the area where construction occurs,” said Howard Steere, Community Relations Manager, Valley Metro. “For both light rail extensions, we partnered with the cities, communities, schools, churches and neighborhood groups to support them and help minimize disruption as much as possible.” Accepting the award on behalf of their respective cities were Albert Santana, City of Phoenix Assistant to the City Manager and Jodi Sorrell, City of Mesa Transit Services Director.

Three important strategies were used during the community relations program, which was developed in partnership with the cities of Phoenix and Mesa for the Central Mesa and Northwest Phoenix light rail extensions: business assistance, Community Advisory Board and construction safety.  With each new capital construction project, the program is tailored for the specific community to increase effectiveness and innovation while reducing impacts to stakeholders.

Also receiving an award on Saturday was Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego as the WTS Metro Phoenix Woman of the Year for her leadership in the passage of Transportation 2050.

About WTS: WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. With nearly 6,000 members, including both women and men, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal through its professional programs, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders. For more about WTS, click here.

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 23 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2015, total ridership for the system was 73 million passengers. Six 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
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