Valley Metro Rail successfully connects 220,000 riders to Final Four Weekend events with more than 350 front-line staff delivering safe and efficient service. Getting to Final Four Phoenix weekend events was a slam dunk for locals, visitors and fans as Valley Metro Rail served an estimated 68 percent more riders that Friday through Sunday than […]
College basketball’s top teams will pay a visit to the Valley in a few weeks and Valley Metro is providing a way to see all the action both on and off the court. Through Valley Metro’s 3-point play, riders can purchase an All-Day pass for $4 during the Final Four weekend, according to a press […]
There was once a time, like so many, I sat frustrated in traffic for a good two hours of my day. I thought that’s just what I had to do living 30 miles away from work. That was until I learned about Valley Metro’s vanpool program. When I signed up I had no idea the […]
Traveling around the Valley will get easier for those who rely on Dial-a-Ride services to access employment, education and entertainment. In July, Valley Metro and five regional paratransit systems will begin to implement consistent policies and procedures to benefit seniors and people with disabilities, most notably the elimination of transfers between DAR service areas.
A major north-south rail connection will be in service sooner as Phoenix takes its first official steps to implement Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters in August 2015. On Jan. 26, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity/light rail transit system to advance into the Regional Transportation Plan. These changes will be forwarded to the Valley Metro Boards of Directors and the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council for additional discussion and final adoption into the plan this summer, according to a press release.
Following a joint meeting of the Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail Boards of Directors, action was taken to select Scott Smith, former mayor of Mesa and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as the interim chief executive officer for the Valley Metro organization. An employment agreement is being prepared with an effective date of February 1, 2016. “The Valley Metro agency is too important, with too many important milestones and programs, to be without a good leader,” stated Phoenix Councilmember, Valley Metro Rail Board Chair and Valley Metro RPTA Board Vice Chair Thelda Williams, in a press release. “We greatly appreciate the interest of Scott Smith and the service of acting CEO Eric Anderson.”
On Saturday, March 19, Valley Metro Rail will open its second light rail extension on 19th Avenue in Phoenix, giving more riders regional access to destinations across the Valley. “This is a significant day for Phoenix,” stated Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, in a press release. “The opening of the Northwest light rail extension will ease travel to school, work and entertainment. With the additional three-miles of track, riders have access to a 26-mile system, making connections from Dunlap Avenue, to downtown Phoenix, Tempe and into the heart of Mesa.” Mayor Stanton and Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela announced the earlier opening date at a milestone event to celebrate the final phase of the new extension with vehicle testing and safety awareness.
Valley Metro CEO Stephen Banta has been selected to represent the United States and North America in a leadership position for a prominent international public transportation association. Mr. Banta was elected to serve on the policy board of the International Association of Public Transport as a representative of the American Public Transportation Association for the 2015-17 term, according to a press release. UITP is an international organization for public transportation authorities and operators, policy and decision makers, scientific institutes, businesses and suppliers. APTA has a long-standing partnership with the organization.
From restaurants to residential development, more than $8.2 billion in private and public capital investment has been built near the initial 20-miles of light rail that extends from Phoenix and Tempe into Mesa. Another $346 million in commercial and residential building is being planned, most of that from private developers. “Big things are happening in Phoenix because of light rail, and big things are going to continue to happen,” stated Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton in a press release. “Light rail has been transformative for our downtown and our economy. With it we’ve linked jobs, education, arts and culture in a way that would not have been possible otherwise.”