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Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Valley Metro Unveils Winning Artwork from Design a Transit Wrap Contest

High school art students from across the Valley took part in the 14th Annual Design a Transit Wrap Contest, showcasing their creativity for a chance to have their artwork featured on a bus and light rail train for an entire year. This year’s winner is Arcadia High School senior John Reniewicki, whose design and slogan – Ride On - took home the grand prize. John’s design was unveiled during a lunchtime ceremony on Thursday, April 24.

“As a longtime supporter of the regional transit system, I am proud to see Phoenix students recognized for their creativity and dedication to public transit.  As young people change their habits and drive less, public transit is only going to become more important to the vitality of our city.  This contest is an excellent way to engage our transit riders of the future,” said Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, Valley Metro Rail board member.

More than 120 students from 20 different schools entered the contest. This is the first time a Scottsdale Unified High School District student has won the contest. Students at Arcadia High School also produced the second and third place designs.

“We are thrilled Scottsdale Unified students are being recognized for their talents and commitment to public transit,” said Valley Metro Board Member and City of Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp. “John’s design highlights the importance of our transit system in an imaginative, engaging way.” 

“Public transit is an important issue for high school students,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “This contest helps us to connect to a younger generation that is choosing to use transit. We are grateful for their ridership and ongoing support of our transit system.”

This year’s judging panel was made up of representatives from cities, school districts, and local businesses. The Design a Transit Wrap contest is part of a larger effort to spread awareness about the benefits of public transit. Click here for more information on Valley Metro’s education programs.

This year’s winning design
2014 Winning Design

(From left to right – Valley Metro Board Member and Scottsdale Councilmember Suzanne Klapp, 2nd place winner Tia Schmittenberg,1st place winner John Reniewicki, 3rd place winner Sophie Lindemann, Valley Metro Community Relations Coordinator Dolores Nolan, Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta
2014 winners

2014 Design a Transit Wrap Contest 1st Place Winner John Reniewicki
2014 Winner John Reniewicki

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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