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PHOENIX, AZ – High school art students from across the Valley unleashed their creativity for a chance to have their artwork featured on a bus and light rail train for an entire year. This is the first year that a student-designed transit wrap is featured on a light rail train. More than 260 students entered Valley Metro’s 13th annual Design a Transit Wrap contest. The 2013 winner is Richard Reid, a senior at McClintock High School in Tempe. His design, titled “Do the Ride Thing” will be unveiled at ceremony on Tuesday, April 30.
Richard Reid, McClintock High School Senior
“High school students today place a very high value on public transit,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “This student-inspired bus wrap is one way for us to connect to a younger generation and show our appreciation for their commitment to using transit.” The wrap will remain on the bus and train for one year.
This year’s judging panel was made up of representatives from cities, school districts, businesses and Valley Metro staff. Reid’s design was chosen because the judges loved the slogan “Do the Ride Thing” and its play on the popular phrase “do the right thing.”
“By taking transit, riders are doing the right thing,” said Howard Steere, Valley Metro Community Relations Manager. “They are saving money, using their time more efficiently and helping the environment by reducing the amount of pollutants emitted into the air by cars. Richard’s design captured that message wonderfully.”
Valley Metro unveiled the new artwork during a lunchtime ceremony at McClintock High School.
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.
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.