Rock n Roll Marathon runner boards light rail.

On Sunday, January 14, 2017, Valley Metro will help take the stress out of getting to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. Valley Metro Rail will operate a Sunday schedule with trains running every 20 minutes to connect full and half-marathoners to the race start locations in downtown Phoenix and Tempe. Additional trains will be used to support demand prior to the start of the races, 5-7:30 a.m., and following the finish of the races. Stations nearest to the start line are:

  • Full Marathon: Van Buren/Central Ave and Van Buren/1st Ave.
  • Half Marathon: University Dr/Rural

As with any special event, we encourage purchase of fare in advance to avoid wait times. A 1-Day pass is $4 and can be purchased at station fare vending machines or at retail locations across the Valley.

View a list of Valley Metro Rail park-and-rides in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa here.

Transit riders should note the following the service restrictions for rail and bus:


Due to the start of the race at Van Buren/1st St, there may be slight delays to allow safe passage for runners at Van Buren/Central Ave and Van Buren/1st Ave.

Due to a race crossing in Phoenix, Valley Metro Rail service will be suspended between 7th Ave/Camelback and Central Ave/Camelback from approximately 7:30-10 a.m.

Service will continue through race crossings in Tempe, but there may be slight delays to allow safe passage for runners. Passengers should allow extra time to reach their destinations. Transit passengers are required to pay a fare, including all marathon participants. A 1-Day pass is $4.00 and can be purchased in advance at a rail station fare vending machine or at one of our retail locations.


The following bus routes in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe will be impacted by the race: 0, 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 17, 29, 30, 32, 41, 44, 48, 50, 56, 60, 62, 70, 72, 81, Orbit Earth, Orbit Mars, Orbit Mercury, Orbit Venus, Scottsdale Neighborhood Trolley, Miller Road Trolley and Scottsdale Downtown Trolley.

Additional detours will be in effect on Saturday, January 13 in Tempe only for the 5K event.

Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon 2018 Flyer

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