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Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Valley Metro and Partners Repurpose Bus as Mobile Market

Valley Metro is pleased to partner with the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation to launch a fresh food initiative that will bring a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods. The “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” will sell fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables out of a retired Valley Metro bus.

“We understand the value of healthy communities to enhance the quality of life for our riders,” said Valley Metro Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Scott Somers. “The Fresh Express bus will provide easier access to affordable, nutritious food that will help nurture the community’s youth.” 

Discovery Triangle is a redevelopment initiative that focuses on a 25-square-mile region in the urban cores of Phoenix and Tempe. This area is considered a “food desert” because of limited access to grocery stores. The retrofitted Valley Metro bus will travel to schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other community gathering places located in the Discovery Triangle to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Valley Metro would also like to thank several of its industry service providers for helping to make this partnership possible:

• First Transit (operator/vehicle maintenance)
• Bluemedia (full train wrap)
• Thermoguard (glass upgrade)
• Creative Bus Sales Arizona (canopy)
• Custom Made Gas Tanks (vehicle painting) 

Fresh Express bus unveiled at Brunson Lee Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ will sell fresh, affordable and high-quality fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods.
Fresh Express Bus

Valley Metro Chair and Mesa Councilmember, Scott Somers (left), with “passengers” aboard the Fresh Express bus.
Fresh Express CM Somers

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 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. 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

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