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Fri, Feb 8, 2013

Valley Metro CEO Joins National Transit Board

PHOENIX, AZ – Stephen R. Banta, Valley Metro CEO, was unanimously approved by members of the South West Transit Association (SWTA) to serve as the secretary/treasurer for the 2013 term.

“Mr. Banta represents an important sector of the SWTA membership,” said Kristen Joyner, SWTA executive director. “His experience and wisdom leading a multi-modal, multi-city organization will be an asset to the board and membership as we strive to fulfill our goals of providing a community of education, communication and advocacy.”

Steve Banta
Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO

As secretary/treasurer, Banta will serve on the executive committee and present financial reports to the board and members. Also elected to the Board are Richard Ruddell, Fort Worth Transportation Authority executive director, as president and Ken Savage, Fort Smith Transit director, as vice president.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be more engaged with SWTA as part of the executive board,” said Banta. “Transit is becoming more essential for all communities, whether urban or rural, and it’s exciting to be a part of that progression.”

The South West Transit Association is a regional transit association representing: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. SWTA was formed in 1979 to represent transit agencies and others interested in public transit issues. Their mission is to assist members in maintaining and improving their ability to provide quality public transportation services.

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 METRO light rail. In fiscal year 2012, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. 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 or visiting

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