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Wed, Jul 2, 2014

July 4th Transit Schedules Enhanced to Accommodate Evening Events

Valley Metro will enhance light rail and Tempe bus service to support special events occurring on Independence Day, Friday, July 4, 2014. 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.


Trains will ramp up from 20-minute holiday service to every 10 minutes between 5 p.m. and midnight. Service will be extended until 2 a.m Saturday morning with 20-minute frequency beginning at midnight. Expect greater use of trains and park-and-rides on this day; 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 holiday-Sunday service to a more frequent schedule after 5 p.m. Many downtown Tempe bus and Orbit routes will run every 15 minutes northbound to the Tempe Transportation Center until 9 p.m. All buses will run a Sunday schedule between 9 – 10 p.m. Return service will run as needed from 10 p.m. until midnight on designated southbound routes. Click here for specific route information.


Mesa is extending service on Route 40 to 11 p.m. to accommodate July 4th activities.


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 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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