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Phoenix Celebrates Historic Day for Bus and Dial-a-Ride ServicesPhoenix Celebrates Historic Day for Bus and Dial-a-Ride Services<div class="ExternalClass93FD66BEF9CC44059AFFD2E2E293ACDD"><p></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p><strong>WHEN:</strong> </p><p>8-9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24</p><p><strong>WHERE:</strong> </p><p>Phoenix Central Station, 300 N. Central Ave.</p><p><strong>WHY: </strong></p><p>Launch of the first citywide transit improvements identified in the voter-approved, Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan. The $17 million in improvements include extending the transit service day by three hours every day of the week for Phoenix's 44 local bus routes and Dial-a-Ride service. In addition, all routes now operate with a frequency of 30 minutes or less, seven days a week – in particular during off-peak hours and weekends.</p><p><strong>WHAT: </strong></p><p>Meet and greet event to introduce the improvements to the public. The day begins with rider appreciation events from 5:30-7:30 a.m. at the Central Station, 19th/Montebello, Desert Sky, Ed Pastor, Metrocenter, Paradise Valley Mall and Sunnyslope transit centers. At 8 a.m., city officials, local dignitaries, business leaders and daily bus riders gather at Central Station to give remarks about importance of these historic bus changes.</p><p><strong>REMARKS: </strong></p><p>Greg Stanton, Phoenix Mayor</p><p>Thelda Williams, Phoenix Councilmember, Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee Chair and Chair of Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Board</p><p>Ed Pastor, Chair of Citizens Transportation Commission and former U.S. Congressman</p><p>Jeff Moloznik, RED Development, Vice President of Development</p><p>Daily transit users</p><p><strong>VISUALS: </strong></p><p>Local bus with T2050 advertising and Phoenix Dial-a-Ride vehicle on display</p><p>Daily bus users delivering testimonials about the improvements</p><p>Rider appreciation activities before the media launch event</p><p> </p><img src="/publictransitsite/PublishingImages/Pages/t2050-event-map/Central%20Station%20Event%20Map.jpg" alt="" style="width:407px;margin:5px;" /><p> </p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Department:</strong></p><p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department provides Phoenix residents a variety of transit options and is the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system. Services range from local and commuter buses to alternative transportation for senior citizens and special needs. The city of Phoenix funds transit, and other transportation improvements, through <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1311052/4079153/17623/3/">Transportation 2050 (T2050)</a> - a local sales tax approved by Phoenix voters in 2015 – as well as county and federal funds. T2050 allows for enhanced bus service, transit-related technology improvements and fare media upgrades under the leadership of the Citizens Transportation Commission. Visit us at <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1311052/4079153/16810/6/">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1311052/4079153/17444/9/">Twitter</a> for the latest news.</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>- 30 -</strong></td></tr></tbody></table></div>10/21/2016 7:00:00 AMLars Jacoby 602-571-5895, Brenda Yanez 602-478-1166