PHOENIX (April 4, 2008) – The regional provider of transit and rideshare services received a special honor this week. The Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA), who operates service under the brand name Valley Metro, received the 2008 Outstanding Transit Organization Award by the Arizona Transit Association (AzTA). “We want our passengers to expect the best in transit service from Valley Metro RPTA and we commit to exceeding their expectations,” said David A. Boggs, Valley Metro RPTA executive director. In 2007, the Valley Metro Board of Directors took bold action to truly regionalize the RPTA by passing a resolution stating that the 14-member agency will become a single, regional transit system over time. This is a ground-breaking step towards offering the first-ever comprehensive, multi-modal transit system for the entire Valley. After passage of Proposition 400 in November 2004, agency staff have been immersed in new projects and services that began implementation in 2006 and will continue through 2026. These include commuter express bus, regional local bus service, 27 miles of light rail extensions, light rail vehicles, and facilities for both bus and rail. Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs currently serves as the Chair of the Valley Metro Board and, in 2007, the city of Glendale’s Transportation Department was named the AzTA Outstanding Transit Organization.