Overview | Valley Metro

Valley Metro

Valley Metro is the regional public transportation agency providing coordinated transit services to residents of metro Phoenix. From regional bus, streetcar, light rail and paratransit service to alternative commuter solutions, Valley Metro’s core mission is to develop and operate a network of transit services.


Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives.

What we do

We plan, build, operate and maintain a safe, regional, multi-modal transportation system.


Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA)

In 1985, Maricopa County residents began funding a regional transit system that now covers 513 square miles. 

Today, member agencies include Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Maricopa County, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Wickenburg and Youngtown. The Valley Metro RPTA Board of Directors set policy for bus and paratransit services.

Valley Metro Rail

In 2002, Valley Metro Rail, Inc. was formed to design, construct and operate a 66-mile high-capacity transit system.

Member cities include Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe. The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors sets policy while providing general oversight of the agency and its responsibilities.

Valley Metro services:

  • Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
  • Light rail
  • Streetcar
  • Neighborhood circulators
  • Rural route
  • Paratransit service
  • Vanpool service
  • Commuter programs

Five-Year Strategic Plan

FY 2016-2020

Through 2020, Valley Metro is dedicated to practicing a well-planned and developed strategy that focuses on a number of ways to value and ridership. The plan, created with input from key stakeholders, includes a data-oriented comparison with peer agencies and best practices from the public transportation industry.

5 Goals, 5 Years

Valley Metro has set out a handful of goals to operate a more high-value, all-inclusive program of ridership around metro Phoenix.

  • Increase customer focus
  • Advance performance-based operations
  • Increase transit ridership
  • Focus on economic development, regional competitiveness and financial resources
  • Advance the value of transit