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. 

Valley Metro trains and buses are essential during the pandemic
Ray Abraham, Valley Metro Chief Operations Officer

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.

Valley Metro trains and buses are essential during the pandemic
Riders heading to a Valley Metro train

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.

Valley Metro trains and buses are essential during the pandemic
Mark Carlson
Operations Communications Specialist
Mark Carlson is an Operations Communications Specialist with Valley Metro. He brings 40 years of newsroom experience to his new position including working as a newsroom supervisor for 23 years with The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. and Phoenix. In addition to serving as a writer, editor, anchor and reporter for radio stations in Phoenix and Los Angeles, he also worked as a television assignment editor and digital news writer and editor in Phoenix and Baltimore. Mark attended Arizona State University majoring in sociology, communications and religion.