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Valley Metro Filming and Photography Guidelines

At Valley Metro, we take pride in providing safe and efficient transportation options for our bus, light rail and alternative transportation passengers. That’s why we welcome the opportunity to be featured in photography and film productions to highlight how we are paving the way for community-driven transit.

If you are a member of a news media organization, trade publication, or the financial community, you may download the Valley Metro images as displayed in the Valley Metro Flickr account for non-commercial use only, provided you reproduce the trademarks and marketing materials in the exact original form of display and retain all trademark and copyright and notices. 

Getting Things Started

In order to to be approved to film at or on any Valley Metro premises you have to follow a few steps first:

  • Complete the Scope of Work to describe the project. A Valley Metro representative will respond within two business days.
  • Provide a Certificate of Insurance according to the filming criteria, which names Valley Metro as an additional insured, with the following limits:
    • General Liability for anything related to the light rail, i.e. filming inside/outside, at stations or working anywhere around light rail is at $1,000,000 per occurrence, not aggregate.
    • General aggregate $2,000,000 per occurrence
    • Auto $1,000,000 per occurrence
    • Workers Comp per state statute
  • Pay $100 fee by cash or check made payable to Valley Metro.
  • If request is approved, complete the location agreement.

Student Filming Guidelines

Future auteurs and photographers can shoot for free as long as they are a student enrolled at an accredited college or university. Charges could apply if support personnel are needed.

What’s Support Personnel?

For every project a coordinator will be assigned to determine what, if any, support personnel are required based on the Scope of Work.

Helpful Hints

  • The schedule of fees, if necessary, will be determined once the Scope of Work is reviewed.
  • Need security staff during your production? Arrangements must be made directly with the Valley Metro security coordinator.


Valley Metro will not be held liable for damages and injuries that occur during filming or photography sessions. The requestor must agree to waive all claims, release and discharge Valley Metro RPTA, Valley Metro Rail, and every one of its staff and board members, from and against all liability in connection with injuries or damages.

Here are some quick things to consider:

  • We’re all about creative freedom, but shooting in and around Valley Metro locations must not disrupt regular operations of transit services
  • All filming and photo sessions must be scheduled at a date and time approved by Valley Metro
  • Subject matter must not promote alcohol or tobacco products and obscene or illegal activities
  • You must pay a valid fare when filming or photographing on bus or rail during revenue service. A 1-Day pass is $4

Valley Metro’s Image

While we encourage getting in touch with your passion, we want to make sure public transportation isn’t viewed in a negative manner. Using Valley Metro as a background and entity in filming and photography projects must not depict Valley Metro, its employees or agents, in bad light. We want to make sure portrayal of public transportation isn’t depicted as an unsafe or dangerous environment. Valley Metro regulates and controls the use of its intellectual property including but not limited to its name, marks, logos, insignias, designs and/or symbols.


Susan Tierney

Communications Manager

(602) 523-6004

Corinne Holliday

Public Information Specialist

(602) 322-4492