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Phoenix Public Transit and Region Promotes Social Distancing on Buseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1078Public Transit4/8/2020 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1078/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngPhoenix Public Transit and Region Promotes Social Distancing on Buses<div class="ExternalClass1DED07F4D44E4E9382EB1C9CF52D5B65"><html> <p> <strong>​</strong><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a><strong>​ </strong><br><span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"><em>U</em></span><span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"><em>se Translate button to read in another language​ </em></span></p><p>As a result of the continued impacts of COVID-19, the city of Phoenix Public Transit Department will reduce bus service beginning May 4. <a href="/newsroom/public-transit/1161" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information on service reductions. </p><p><strong>Effective Monday, April 13, Limited Seating on All Bus Routes </strong></p><p>Seating on all bus routes is limited in order to support social distancing measures between passengers. These measures were approved by the <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Local%20Emergency%20Declaration_Public%20Transit.pdf">Phoenix City Council</a> on April 6 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of all community members.  </p><p>Passenger limits will be as follows, with exceptions for wheelchair and mobility aid users as needed:</p><ul><li>Maximum of five (5) passengers on smaller neighborhood circulator vehicles (ALEX, MARY, SMART routes)</li><li>Maximum of ten (10) passengers on a regular 40-foot bus</li><li>Maximum of fifteen (15) passengers on a 60-foot articulated (bendy type) bus</li></ul><p>Should vehicle capacity be reached, bus operators may not allow additional boardings until additional capacity becomes available. In such cases, passengers may need to wait for the next bus. <br><br>The city of Phoenix and Valley Metro, who also operates bus services in the metro area, are coordinating a regional effort to further educate riders on social distancing while on board public transportation. The signage that will be added to buses will be consistent for passengers across this region.<br><br>Passengers are encouraged to plan additional travel time, as these measures may impact their trip. </p><p>Passengers are also reminded to use public transit only for necessary trips. We ask everyone to continue to practice social distancing while riding, including:</p><ul><li>boarding using the rear doors, </li><li>visually showing fare to the driver, </li><li>staying at least six feet apart while waiting at bus stops and </li><li>in accordance with CDC guidance, wearing a cloth mask covering their nose and mouth. </li></ul><p>Recognizing there is currently a lower demand, public transit is nonetheless a critical service for many essential service workers in our communities. We are working to ensure that those who depend on transit are able to continue using our system and get to their destinations safely.<br><br>We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these times. <br><strong></strong></p><strong><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Light Rail Schedule Adjustments </strong><strong>Effective April 11, 2020 Until Further Notice </strong><br>Beginning Saturday, April 11, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19">light rail </a>will be on the same schedule Monday-Saturday, 15-minute frequency 4 a.m-6 p.m. with no late night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service will remain the same. Local bus, circulators, and paratransit continue to operate on regular schedules.<br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><strong>Express and RAPID Bus Service Schedules Reduced Due to COVID-19 <strong>Effective April 6, 2020 Until Further Notice </strong></strong></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>Express and RAPID commuter bus route schedules will continuie to operate on a reduced schedule, and will operate fewer trips each weekday morning and evening. Riders should check <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19">valleymetro.org</a> for trip planning. This is a proactive step to maintain local bus route service for those who fully rely on public transit for critical trips.<br><br>There has been less demand for commuter trips, and we are reallocating our skilled workforce of operators, supervisors and maintenance workers to focus on our local bus routes at this time. <br><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Phoenix Transit Centers Effective March 23, 2020 Until Further Notice </strong><br>Customer service windows at the following Phoenix transit centers will remain closed until further notice: </p><ul><li>Central Station (Central Avenue and Van Buren Street)</li><li>Ed Pastor (Central Avenue and Broadway Road)</li><li>Sunnyslope (3rd Street and Dunlap Avenue)</li><li>Metrocenter (Metrocenter Mall)</li></ul><p>Various options for purchasing fares remain available to passengers, such as ticket vending machines located throughout light rail platforms, at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/where-to-buy">participating retailers</a> or <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/online-fare-purchase">online</a>.<br><br>For an appointment to reclaim lost and found items, please call (602) 534-5053 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.<br><br>Access to Public Transit Department offices at 302 N. First Ave. including the Business and Workforce Development Center (across from Central Station), will be by appointment only. To make an appointment with Public Transit, email pubtrans@phoenix.gov, or call (602) 262-7242. <br><br>To make an appointment at the Workforce Development Center email phoenix.business.center@phoenix.gov, or call 602-256-3147.</p><p>For general transit-related information, please contact Valley Metro customer service at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/valley-metro-customer-service-during-covid-19">valleymetro.org</a> or call (602) 253-5000 or TTY (602) 251-2039 between 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays or 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays or you can email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:csr@valleymetro.org">csr@valleymetro.org</a>. <br></p><p>Click here to view <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Local%20Emergency%20Declaration_Public%20Transit.pdf"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Local Emergency Declaration</a>. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>We will continue to update riders and community members on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/our-response-coronavirus"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">valleymetro.org</font></span></a> and social media. Twitter: @valleymetro @PhoenixMetroBus<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience and stay safe. <br></p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services​</strong></a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
We Need Your Feedback: Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1456Public Transit9/4/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1456/Public_Transit_Newsroom_027.jpgWe Need Your Feedback: Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal<div class="ExternalClassC436C4105BE244B1B340E3F0BEC433D8"><html> <p>Phoenix Public Transit updates its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal every three years and it's​​ that time again! All the information you need is at <a target="_blank" href="/publictransit/dbe">phoenix.gov/publictransit/dbe</a>.<br></p> <p>There you'll find the following: </p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Phoenix_FTA_Triennial_DBE_Goal_Public_Notice_8-2020.pdf">DBE participation goal public notice (PDF)</a> <br> </p> </li> <li> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/2021-2023_DBE_Goal_PUBLIC_Outreach_8-25-2020.pdf">Aug. 25, 2020 downloadable presentation (PDF)</a> <br> </p> </li> <li> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcPIGX-j6vc&feature=youtu.be">A ​​video ​link to the Aug. 25 presentation recording ​</a> <br> </p> </li> </ul> <p>The presentation includes information about upcoming projects the city of Phoenix and its subrecipients have planned in the next three years. This is a great way to learn about and plan for upcoming projects before they are formally advertised.<br></p> <p>The DBE triennial goal public comment period started August 26 and will run through September 28, 2020. At any time during the public comment period, comments can be provided in the following ways:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li> <p>Contact Renee Standing tree at Renee.Standing.Tree@phoenix.gov or (602) 534-2667</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact Donald Mayes at donald.mayes@phoenix.gov or (602) 262-7502</p> </li> <li> <p>Via direct mail: Public Transit Department, Attn: DBE Triennial, 302 N. 1st Ave., Suite 900, Phoenix, AZ 85003 </p> </li> </ul> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal will be submitted October 1, 2020, and will remain the department's aspirational (race and gender neutral) goal from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2023.  <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> <p>Remember - to view the public notice for the Phoenix Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal and provide your comments ​​visit <a href="/publictransit/dbe" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/publictransit/dbe</a>.<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Posted Aug. 17, 2020</strong> <br> </p> <p> <strong>Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Virtual Presentation Aug. 25</strong> <br> </p> <p>If you’re interested in learning about Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) mark your calendar for Aug. 25! <br></p> <p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department is updating its triennial DBE goals for federal fiscal years 2021-2023 and we need your input. <br></p> <p>To participate be sure to do the following:</p> <p>• Visit Eventbrite and RSVP today – search Public Transit DBE </p> <p>• Join the WEBEX presentation at the following link </p> <p>Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. </p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://coptransit.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=coptransit&service=6&rnd=0.4153719503812823&main_url=https://coptransit.webex.com/ec3300/eventcenter/event/eventAction.do?theAction%3Dlandingfrommail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004052e6e96b3ab42fb2c15bac8653c43b57dc5dbee5ee05b7589fbd49e0a54cc51%26siteurl%3Dcoptransit%26confViewID%3D169575327223282403%26SourceId%3Dacc4f20532763bb2e0533d06fc0a2b21%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAARB-At9CzfNJWHTp5tLTPEvgYfPhLIsxqGvKEAOv8cTRg2">https://coptransit.webex.com/coptransit/onstage/g.php?MTID= e2b2da1092d13d670363e4ce337e7061f​</a> <br> </p><p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Attend the virtual presentation to learn more. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the draft DBE goal as well as hear about various Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded projects that need to be on your radar.<br></p> <p>For questions about this event, connect with Renee Standing tree at Renee.Standing.Tree@phoenix.gov. ​<br></p> <p>See you online! ​​<br></p> <p> About the Phoenix Public Transit Department: </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 target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">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 target="_blank" href="/publictransit">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Twitter​</a> for the latest news. <br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Virtual Meeting for Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Now Livehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1462Public Transit8/19/2020 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1462/Public_Transit_Newsroom_028.jpgVirtual Meeting for Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Now Live<div class="ExternalClassD27D605B85104E86984B70741F37B76A"><html> ​<p>Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix invite the public to attend an online public meeting for a final update on the Northwest Extension Phase II before construction begins at valleymetro.org/northwest2. The light rail extension will connect to the existing system at the 19th Ave/Dunlap station and head northwest, to the Metrocenter Transit Center.</p> <p>The online presentation will include the project’s final design, renderings of project art and information on what to expect during the different phases of construction. In addition to 1.6 new miles of light rail, the project includes upgraded utilities, six new bus pullouts and an estimated 240 new trees along the light rail corridor.</p> <p>The meeting materials can be accessed at any time from Aug. 19 through Sept. 4, 2020 by visiting valleymetro.org/northwest2.</p> <p>• All meeting information will be provided in English and Spanish.</p> <p>• Participants will be prompted to provide their comments and feedback within the online platform.  </p> <p>• Questions or comments may be submitted in either language.</p> <p>• Comments can also be submitted verbally during a call-in meeting on Aug. 29 from 10-11 a.m. or Sept. 1 from 6-7 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 </a>(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 T2050 page or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation​</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro</a> on Twitter.<br></p> <p> <strong>About Valley Metro</strong>: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers  alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following us on  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Facebook​</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ValleyMetro" target="_blank">YouTube​</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Twitter ​</a>or by visiting <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org</a>.<br></p> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Public Transit Secures Millions in Grant for New Buseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1451Public Transit8/12/2020 5:25:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1451/Public_Transit_Newsroom_026.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Secures Millions in Grant for New Buses<div class="ExternalClassEA59019CD4A446838A70F6026C16E063"><html> <p>U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced this week that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is awarding the Phoenix Public Transit Department over $6.9 million in funding for new buses.  <br></p> <p>This important news means there will be ad​​​​ditional funding to improve the reliability of Phoenix’s existing bus system. <br></p> <p>“This grant is critical for the funding of new buses,” says Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to provide essential public transit services to the community. This grant will help enhance the efficiency and reliability of our bus fleet while providing access to jobs, schools and important health services our residents need.”<br></p> <p>The Public Transit team worked hard to meet all the criteria needed for this funding opportunity. The application process was highly competitive (the FTA received 282 applications) as demand for grants for buses and bus facilities far exceeded available funds. <br></p> <p>“Improving transportation infrastructure is vital to our residents who rely on our transit system, and it is key to building and strengthening an economy.  I appreciate U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s commitment to provide grants that will improve the safety and reliability of bus service at this critical time,” says Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who chairs the City Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee.  <br></p> <p>The voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 plan, or T2050, identifies the need to continue to purchase new buses to modernize and expand the city's local bus fleet. Many riders depend on the bus system to get where they need to go and upgraded buses provide customers with even more reliable service. Phoenix has been actively purchasing new buses since 2014, replacing an average of 40 a year.<br></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 target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">Transportation 2050</a> (T2050) <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>–​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> 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 target="_blank" href="/publictransit">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank"> Twitter</a>​ for the latest news. <br></p>​<br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Launches New Bus Rapid Transit Educational Contenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1410Public Transit7/21/2020 6:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1410/Public_Transit_Newsroom_025.jpgPhoenix Launches New Bus Rapid Transit Educational Content<div class="ExternalClass3F0A8EB3A14947B28D4183DA9FA37E50"><html> <p>A new public transit option, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), could soon be coming to Phoenix, and the Phoenix Public Transit Department invites you to check out a newly-created video and a virtual meeting at <a href="/publictransit/brt" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/brt</a> to learn all about it.<br></p> <p>BRT, one of the high-capacity transit components of the voter-ap​​proved <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 (T2050) program</a>, operates throughout the day on major roads with a focus on improved speed, reliability and convenience.  </p> <p>Some of the elements found in other city BRT systems include enhanced stations, custom buses, advanced fare collection, dedicated lanes, and transit improvements such as transit signal priority.   <br></p> <p>The <a href="/publictransit/brt" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/brt</a> page will be continually updated with ways you can participate in the program’s development. Visit the page and you’ll find various items have been added, including:<br></p> <p>• An illustrated BRT video </p> <p>• A <a href="https://meetphoenixbrt.com/" target="_blank">virtual meeting site</a> where you can listen to the virtual BRT presentation that describes elements and corridors being considered</p> <p>• A <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z3FM5RZ" target="_blank">survey</a> where you can provide feedback about the future BRT system</p> <p>• A downloadable fact sheet you can share with other community members</p> <p>• Upcoming virtual meetings where the team will present – the next one is July 27<br></p> <p>The survey is especially critical, as the team needs your input on where BRT corridors could be established and what amenities BRT should include. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, so check it out today.  ​<br></p> <p>Over the next several months, the BRT team will present to stakeholders, committees and neighborhood groups. If you are part of an organization that would like the team to present in your next virtual meeting, connect with us by visiting the page. <br><br></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 <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050 page</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro​</a> on Twitter.​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Public Transit Riders Can Pick Up Face Coverings at Select Phoenix Librarieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1348Public Transit7/1/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1348/Public_Transit_Newsroom_024.jpgPublic Transit Riders Can Pick Up Face Coverings at Select Phoenix Libraries<div class="ExternalClass62F99D7A832E4028AEEB97BF006D931E"><html> <p>UPDATE: Phoenix Public Transit partnered with the Phoenix Public Library to provide additional face coverings for community members at libraries near public transit. As of June 20, all riders are expected to wear face coverings on bus, light rail and Dial-a-Ride. Individuals can pick up a face covering when they're picking up library items during curbside service hours at the following library locations. <br></p><p>For library locations and hours visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/Locations/Pages/default.aspx">Phoenix L​ibrary website​​</a>.<br></p><div><ul><li><p>Burton Barr<br></p></li><li><p>Cesar Chavez​<br></p></li><li><p>Desert Sage </p></li><li><p>Harmon </p></li><li><p>Palo Verde<br></p></li><li><p>Saguaro </p></li><li><p>Yucca​<br></p></li></ul></div><p><strong>Effective June 20, City of Phoenix Requires Face Coverings in Public</strong></p><p>In accordance with Phoenix City Council action taken June 19, beginning Saturday, June 20, transit passengers are required to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Previous Council direction was a transit-specific policy effective July 1; however, due to the latest Council action directed citywide, face coverings are required starting June 20. </p><div><p>To assist transit passengers who do not have a face covering in their possession, Phoenix Public Transit staff will provide face coverings beginning June 22 (as supplies allow) for riders at the following transit centers:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><p>Central Station – Central Avenue and Van Buren Street</p></li><li><p>Ed Pastor – Central Avenue and Broadway Road</p></li><li><p>Metrocenter – South side of Metrocenter Mall parking lot</p></li><li><p>Sunnyslope – Third Street and Dunlap Avenue​<br></p></li></ul><p>Further information on Phoenix social media channels and website will provide details on additional mask distribution. </p><p>Riders are urged to plan ahead and bring their own face covering, which may include masks, face shields, homemade cloth coverings or other cloth positioned to cover the mouth and nose. Detailed information on the use of face coverings, including how to make your own at home, can be found at the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)</a> website.</p><p>The face-covering requirement applies to all people two years of age and older in the city of Phoenix, when they leave their home or residence and are within six feet of another person who is not a family member or member of their household. There are exceptions for those who should not wear a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition and for those whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering. For full details on the Phoenix City Council's declaration, including exemptions, please visit <a href="/newsroom" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom</a>.</p><p>In many cases, it is not apparent who is exempted, so we encourage riders not to get involved with other passengers who are not wearing a face covering. Public transit personnel will be instructed not to prevent riders who do not have a face covering from boarding or riding. </p><p>For the latest service information and COVID-19 public transit preventative measures, visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19" target="_blank">valleymetro.org​</a> and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">@​​Phoenix​​MetroBus​</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">@valleymetro​</a> on Twitter.  </p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Department:</strong>   <br>The Phoenix Public Transit Department provides Phoenix residents a variety of transit options and is the largest member of the Vall​ey 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="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">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="/publictransit" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/publictransit​</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Twitter</a> for the latest news.<br></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Public Transit Awarded Employer of the Year by Women in Transportation (WTS International) – Phoenix Chapterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1367Public Transit6/29/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1367/Public_Transit_Newsroom_025.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Awarded Employer of the Year by Women in Transportation (WTS International) – Phoenix Chapter<div class="ExternalClass74F728F6F2424DBE9881F2E6981A8947"><html> <p> ​Each month the WTS Metro Phoenix Chapter spotlights  a local award recipient. This month, WTS is spotlighting the Employer of the Year which goes to (drumroll…) the city of Phoenix Public Transit Department.  </p> <p> While Phoenix Public Transit is a somewhat smaller department within the overall city of Phoenix workforce, the daily work has great impact on the lives of our residents. Our passengers depend on our employees and contractors to make sure we are providing reliable and safe public transit options.  </p> <p> As the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system, Phoenix provides local and commuter bus service as well as Dial-a-Ride service for individuals with special needs. Over 43 million bus and light rail boardings occurred within Phoenix last year - and that’s no small feat, considering everything that goes on behind the scenes including the planning, scheduling, operations, financial, administrative and compliance components (to name a few) that make a bus or light rail ride possible.   </p> <p> The Department is a tight-knit team that collaborates not only with other city departments but with many other agencies and community partners, so that our citizens have a variety of options to get where they need to go – whether that’s to work, school or appointments.  </p> <p> Public Transit employees, men and women alike, may wear several hats - which means it is easier to interact with decisionmakers and have more visibility. And because our staff often wears several hats they are likely to gain knowledge, skills and insight beyond their role. </p> <p> WTS talked with Public Transit Director Jesus Sapien about the Department's commitment to providing opportunities for career development. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.wtsinternational.org/news/spotlight-2020-employer-year-city-phoenix-public-transit-department">Check it out here.​</a> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix and Valley Metro Seek Input on Capitol/I-10 West Light Rail Extension https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1252Public Transit5/20/2020 7:05:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1252/Public_Transit_Newsroom_023.jpgPhoenix and Valley Metro Seek Input on Capitol/I-10 West Light Rail Extension <div class="ExternalClass67CE9CC046B542EEAE3B6C3F80A9BDCE"><html> <p> ​Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix invite the public to attend an online public meeting for the latest update on the Capitol/I-10 West Extension. The virtual public meeting materials are available beginn​​ing next week.​ The Transportation 2050 funded light rail extension will ultimately connect riders from the current Valley Metro Rail system to the state capitol and west Phoenix. <br></p> <p>The online presentation will include an overview of the preferred downtown route based on feedback gathered from the public in January 2020. Additional comments will be requested regarding the type of transit for the section between the state capitol and 79th Avenue, and whether the route should be extended from 79th Avenue to Desert Sky Mall.   </p> <p>The meeting materials can be accessed any time from May 27 through June 30, 2020 by visiting <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/capitoli-10-west">valleymetro.org/capitol​</a>.  </p> <ul> <li>All meeting information will be provided in English and Spanish.   </li> <li>Participants can provide their comments and feedback within the online platform. </li> <li>Questions or comments may be submitted in either language.   </li> <li>Comments can also be submitted verbally during a call-in meeting on June 16 from 6-7 p.m. or June 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.</li> </ul> <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 <a title="T2050 site" href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050</a> page or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro </a>on Twitter.</p> <p> <strong>About Valley Metro:</strong> 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 28 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2019, total ridership for the system was 64 million passengers. Six high capacity transit extensions are under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. 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 on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Instagram</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or visiting <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org</a>.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit

 

 

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Face Coverings Requiredhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=18https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/18/Mask_Slider.jpgFace Coverings Required<div class="ExternalClass3A20C750F0494BAAA7926AA5A46FAD6F"><html>​Every person in the city of Phoenix, ages two and over, shall cover their nose and mouth whenever they are away from their home or residence. Learn more about this declaration<br></html></div>Newshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/13536/19/2020 8:18:55 PM10/30/2020 8:18:55 PM

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