Valley Metro's trains and buses are running daily during the pandemic. Though trains and buses are on reduced schedules, both continue to provide a critical transportation link for essential workers.
“I believe public transit is a lifeline to a lot of people in the Valley,” said Ray Abraham, Valley Metro’s Chief Operations Officer who oversees bus and rail. “There are people that need to go to work. People need to go to the store.”
The veteran transportation chief said hospitals are asking every day if Valley Metro will continue providing service by transporting critical workers like cleaners and food service workers.
“Without us, they have no transportation. I believe we can be as critical as police and fire,” Abraham said.
It's a series of firsts for many of us. I asked Abraham if he has ever experienced anything like this during his lengthy transportation career.
“I have not,” Abraham said. “The closest thing was a few days after 9-11. It was different. It wasn’t telling people to stay home.”
And what about later once the pandemic ends? Abraham is concerned about Valley Metro's financial future.
“There will be a sense of normalcy, but I think the financial impact might affect some service long term based on how long this quarantine lasts,” Abraham said.
We want you to know what's happening within your public transportation system. For information about current Valley Metro schedules and operations, check out our service impacts due to COVID-19 page. It has lots of useful information about service adjustments plus helpful tips.