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Significant Bus Service Improvements to Better Connect Riders and the CommunitySignificant Bus Service Improvements to Better Connect Riders and the Community<div class="ExternalClass517D8E2665D246219F07361FB6A1FB7C"><p><em>Three more hours of bus service to be offered on all Phoenix routes</em><br></p><p>   PHOENIX, AZ – Bus service is moving forward in a tremendous way for thousands of riders in the Valley. On Oct. 24, bus service improvements will begin transforming the way riders move by providing increased service and travel flexibility.</p><p>   In Phoenix, riders will experience the first major <a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/servicechanges">bus service improvements</a> to come as a result of <a href="/T2050">Phoenix Transportation 2050</a> (T2050), the transportation tax approved by voters. All local bus routes serving Phoenix will operate from 4 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. In addition, all local routes serving Phoenix will run every 30 minutes or less, including on weekends. </p><p>   "More bus service for me means I can work a later shift," said Gaile Johnson, who lives in Phoenix. "I can save more money for my son's education and buy a home one day."</p><p>   To learn how T2050 is now at work to dramatically improve bus service, build more miles of light rail and improve city streets, visit <a href="/T2050">phoenix.gov/T2050</a>.</p><p>   To help support service expansion, Valley Metro <a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/inside_the_ride/detail/on-the-line">Customer Service</a> has hired additional representatives and will increase hours starting Oct. 24. New hours will be 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.</p><p>   The next round of service changes will occur in April 2017. <a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/servicechanges">Proposed service improvements</a> include expanding bus service on all local bus routes serving Phoenix to match light rail hours seven days a week.</p><p>   Valley Metro is seeking public comment Oct. 3 – Nov. 4, 2016 on proposed service changes scheduled to take effect on April 24, 2017. A public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 5-6:15 p.m. to gather feedback and respond to questions about proposed service changes.</p><p>   The public is invited to attend a webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at noon. Input also can be provided with an online comment card and comments can be sent to <a href="mailto:input@valleymetro.org">input@valleymetro.org</a>. </p><p>   For more information about October 2016 service improvements and proposed April 2017 service changes, please visit <a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/servicechanges">valleymetro.org/servicechanges</a>.</p><p><strong>About Transportation 2050:</strong> In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix <a href="/T2050">T2050 page</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus?lang=en">Twitter</a>.</p><p><strong> </strong></p></div>10/7/2016 7:00:00 AMLars Jacoby 602-261-8254 or Brenda Yanez 602-261-8392