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Wed, Jul 3, 2013

Valley Metro to Run Enhanced Service for July 4 Holiday

Valley Metro will add light rail capacity to support special events occurring on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Trains will ramp up from 20-minute holiday service to every 10 minutes by 5 p.m. Service will be extended by an hour with the last full trip of the evening at midnight instead of 11 p.m. Trains and park-and-rides will be crowded; please plan ahead and allow extra time to reach your destination.

To accommodate July 4 festivities at Tempe Town Lake, buses in Tempe* will transition from Sunday service to a more frequent schedule. After 5 p.m., most Tempe bus routes will run every 15 minutes northbound to the Tempe Transportation Center until 10 p.m., with return service until midnight on most southbound routes. Click here for more information.

All other bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule. There will be no Express/RAPID bus service and Customer Service will be closed for the holiday. Passengers should be aware that customer service at Ed Pastor, MetroCenter, SunnySlope, Central Stations and Tempe Transportation Center also will be closed in observance of the holiday.

Purchasing transit fare in advance helps save time, and saves money when riding the bus. Passes can be purchased at a fare vending machine, retail outlet or a transit center. To find locations of pass sales outlets, click here. For more information or to plan your trip, visit or call 602-253-5000.

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

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