January 25, 2018

Consistent with its commitment to all of its riders, Valley Metro announces an initiative to make its affiliated websites, mobile applications, and online documents more accessible and inclusive. Valley Metro is taking the lead in the public transportation field regarding online accessibility for individuals with visual impairments. The organization adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 level AA as its accessibility standard and is making enhancements to work toward meeting this standard for its website, valleymetro.org, and mobile applications. 

Valley Metro is also developing and publishing on its website in downloadable accessible PDF format, lists of all STOP#s along with all bus and light rail routes in its system. The lists shall be organized by route number, and shall be listed in order of the STOP# along the route. 

With a core mission of advancing a network of transit services, Valley Metro is continuing to plan, develop, and operate the regional bus and light rail systems and alternative transportation programs for all commuters, including people with disabilities. 

Valley Metro worked with the Arizona Center for Disability Law and rider Larry Wanger on its accessibility initiative.

About Arizona Center for Disability Law: The Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is a non-profit law firm that assists Arizonans with disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights to independence, justice, and equality.  As Arizona’s designated protection and advocacy agency, ACDL provides free legal and advocacy services to address disability discrimination in employment, public accommodations, governmental services, voting, and housing, and denial of appropriate health care, special education, and vocational rehabilitation. Keep up with ACDL’s work on behalf of Arizonans with disabilities and stay in the loop on issues impacting your community by following us on Facebook and Twitter, or visiting azdisabilitylaw.org. Find out how to request help on ACDL’s website.   

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 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2017, total ridership for the system was 66 million passengers. Seven high capacity transit extensions are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, 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. In October 2017, the Boards approved a “Respect the Ride” Code of Conduct, focusing on creating a safe and positive rider experience, while also discouraging disruptive, intrusive, unsafe or inappropriate behaviors in a public setting. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.