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Valley Metro and Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development are pleased to announce that all light rail stations are now considered a Safe Place for youth in distress. The program was officially unveiled during a press conference on September 18. City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta were joined by officials from Tumbleweed, the Phoenix Police Department and the city of Mesa during the kick-off event.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that provides immediate help and safety for youth ages 17 and younger who are in crisis. Teens can now utilize the emergency call boxes at all 28 light rail stations to connect to shelter, counseling and family reunification services. The addition of light rail stations to the existing network expands the reach of the program and provides 24-hour access to those services. To learn more, go to valleymetro.org/safeplace.
Pic Caption: From left to right – Mesa Police Lt. John Williams, teen advocate Dion Austin, City of Phoenix Police Lt. Paula Veach, City of Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Member Thelda Williams, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta, Tumbleweed CEO Cynthia Schuler, City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and City of Mesa Councilmember Dave Richins officially designate stations as Safe Place locations at the Safe Place kick-off event.
Pic Caption: From left to right – Teen advocates Dion Austin and Stefanie Lazaro with Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.
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 calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction 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. 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.