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Federal Mask Mandate Still in Effect for Public Transit Ridershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1078Public Transit5/20/2021 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1078/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngFederal Mask Mandate Still in Effect for Public Transit Riders<div class="ExternalClassFD2F813973DF48C583D9F78DE781EDEE"><html> <p> <strong>​​​</strong><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><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>To prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, face coverings are required on all surface transportation including all city of Phoenix Public Transit bus, light rail and Dial-a-Ride. The <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/sd-1582-84-21-01a.pdf" target="_blank">Transportation Security Administration Security Directive</a> issued April 30, 2021 extends the requirement for travelers to wear masks until Sept. 13, 2021. ​<br></p><p>The following protocols are in effect, until further notice, to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19:<br></p><p>As of Oct. 20, 2020 designated seats onboard buses are marked as "unavailable" to facilitate social distancing, rather than a specific limit of riders on each bus. Passengers are encouraged to plan additional travel time, as these measures may impact their trip.<br></p><p>We ask everyone to continue to practice social distancing while riding, including:</p><p>• boarding using the rear doors,</p><p>• visually showing fare to the driver,</p><p>• staying at least six feet apart while waiting at bus stops and</p><p>• in accordance with federal guidance, wearing a cloth mask covering their nose and mouth.<br></p><p>We continue working to make sure those who depend on public transit are able to get to their destinations safely. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these times.<br></p><p><strong>Phoenix Public Transit Centers Open for Free Mask Distribution </strong></p><p>Customer service windows at the following Phoenix transit centers are open for free mask distribution, but closed for fare sales until further notice:​<br></p><p>• Central Station (302 N 1st Ave., Suite 120, north side of the building)</p><p>• Ed Pastor (Central Avenue and Broadway Road)</p><p>• Sunnyslope (3rd Street and Dunlap Avenue)</p><p>• Metrocenter (Metrocenter Mall)<br></p><p>Riders also have the opportunity to get free face coverings at 16 Phoenix public libraries. For details and locations visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/covid-19" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/COVID-19</a>.<br></p><p>Various options for purchasing fares remain available to passengers, such as ticket vending machines located throughout light rail platforms, at participating retailers or online.<br></p><p>For an appointment to reclaim lost and found items, call (602) 534-5053 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. You may also pick up lost and found items at Central Station.<br></p><p>Access to Public Transit Department offices at 302 N. First Ave. including the Business and Workforce Development Center are by appointment only. To make an appointment with Public Transit, email pubtrans@phoenix.gov, or call (602) 262-7242.​<br></p><p>To make an appointment at the Workforce Development Center email phoenix.business.center@phoenix.gov, or call 602-256-3147.<br></p><p>For general transit-related information, contact Valley Metro customer service at <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org</a> or call (602) 253-5000 or TTY (602) 251-2039 between 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturdays or 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays or you can email csr@valleymetro.org.<br></p><p>We continue updating riders and community members on valleymetro.org and social media. Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">@valleymetro​</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">@PhoenixMetroBus</a>​<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience and stay safe.​<br></p><div><br></div><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services​</strong></a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Public Transit Gathering Feedback on Proposed Service Changeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2156Public Transit12/1/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2156/Public_Transit_Newsroom_47.jpgPublic Transit Gathering Feedback on Proposed Service Changes<div class="ExternalClass2E05C955EE7F4ECAB03DD3D393B01BF9"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>Attention public transit riders! Share your thoughts by Dec. 5, 2021 on the proposed service changes for April 2022. Proposed changes include expanding service, increasing frequency and route modifications. </p> <p>• Route 128—Stapley Dr: Expand weekday service span to 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Improve Saturday and Sunday service span to 6 a.m.-9 p.m. and increase frequency to 30 minutes.</p> <p>• Avondale ZOOM: Modify route to run along 107th Ave. and Thomas Rd. instead of Lakeshore Dr. and 111th Ave. Change bus stop locations for rider convenience and efficiency.</p> <p>• Phoenix—MARY Circulator: Extend route along 59th Ave. to run clockwise around Estrella Village via Fillmore St. and Roosevelt St. </p> <p>• Scottsdale 68th St/Camelback Rd: Extend route along Camelback Rd. to provide service to Indian School Rd. between Miller Rd. and Hayden Rd.<br></p> <p>Give your comments on these proposed changes now through Dec. 5, 2021. Here are ways you can submit your feedback and view information: </p> <p>• Taking the online survey: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PA22WEB" target="_blank">surveymonkey.com/r/PA22WEB</a></p> <p>• Email: <a href="mailto:input@valleymetro.org?subject=April%20%2722%20proposed%20service%20changes" target="_blank">input@valleymetro.org</a><br></p> <p>• The public hearing for Proposed April 2022 Service Changes was on November 16, 2021. To view a recording of this meeting, please <a href="https://youtu.be/ud_Zo9Z-YSs" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>• To view the Spanish translation of this meeting, <a href="https://youtu.be/iKFh4sNJLYc" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br></p> <p>For more information visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/service-changes/april-2021" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/service-changes/april-2021​</a>.<br></p> <div> <br> </div> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal and Local Leaders Celebrate Light Rail Fundinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2150Public Transit11/23/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2150/Public_Transit_Newsroom_46.jpgFederal and Local Leaders Celebrate Light Rail Funding<div class="ExternalClass54FA082EDE2441AFA7BB1609B7863679"><html> <p>Federal and local dignitaries gathered Friday, Nov. 19 to celebrate the signing of a $158 million full funding grant agreement for the Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II (NWEII). <br></p><p>The extension adds 1.6 miles of track, three stations and a multimodal transit center to the existing 28-mile light rail system. The event culminated an exciting week for transportation with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law on Monday. <br></p><p>“This extension is going to enable more people to enjoy safe, fast, frequent and reliable public transportation, and it’s an environmentally-friendly project,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “This connection will tie people to downtown, to Arizona State University and Sky Harbor International Airport—high-activity areas where there is job generation.”<br></p><p>Connecting from the existing end-of-line at 19th Avenue and Dunlap, the extension will provide greater transit access to Phoenix residents west of the I-17 thanks to a new rail-only bridge that will be built over the freeway and the first elevated station. It is expected to serve 5,700 riders each day.<br></p><p>“With the Northwest Extension Phase II, we see a community identifying transportation needs, developing smart solutions, standing up for its values and investing local dollars in these projects.” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Thanks to this project, communities will now have better and more affordable access to jobs, healthcare, services, downtown and everywhere that Valley Metro reaches.” ​<br></p><p>“The construction of this light rail connection will serve thousands of daily riders, opening up opportunities for folks to access education and good-paying jobs,” said U.S. Senator Mark Kelly. “That’s how we continue to make the Valley a great place to live and to work. Like the other infrastructure projects we will see in our state, it’s going to put folks back to work.”<br></p><p>“One of the things I’m most proud of from my time as mayor is asking voters to grow our economy with an expansion of light rail into new neighborhoods throughout the city,” said U.S. Representative Greg Stanton. “But even with voter approval, it cannot happen without federal investment. Making this extension a reality is a catalyst for economic and social transformation, connecting the Northwest Valley to economic opportunities, jobs, education, health care, social services and more––in this region and beyond.”<br></p><p>“This extension will power our economy, connecting new parts of the city to educational institutions, employment centers, and a vibrant offering of arts, culture, and sports,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Combined with support coming from President Biden’s new infrastructure plan, we will strengthen our multi-modal transit system, reduce greenhouse gasses, and speed towards our climate goals.”<br></p><p>“Transit plays a major role in serving our diverse community and the fastest-growing county in the United States,” said Valley Metro Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Francisco Heredia. “We will need all transit and transportation solutions on the table as we expect over a million more people to be coming to the Phoenix area in the next 10 years.”​<br></p><p>“Our system is relatively young—only 13 years old—but in that time, has changed our communities for the better,” s​aid Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith. “We have seen unprecedented mobility, development and change for the good. Northwest Extension Phase II has a huge impact because of where it is, crossing a boundary between central and west Phoenix, and ending at one of the most exciting and unique redevelopment efforts in the entire country.”  ​<br></p><p>The project’s total cost is $401 million, paid for by the federal Capital Investment Grant, Proposition 400 regional funds and city of Phoenix Transportation 2050 funds. Construction began in September 2020 and the extension is scheduled to begin operating in 2024.</p><p>For more photos of the event, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/valleymetro/albums/72157720177583457">visit ​​​the Valley Metro Flickr site</a>.<br></p><p>For more information on Phoenix light rail projects <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project">valleymetro.org/project​</a>.​<br><br></p><p><br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Light Rail Progress is on Trackhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2140Public Transit11/16/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2140/Public_Transit_Newsroom_45.jpghttps://youtu.be/43z7lhdD1J0Light Rail Progress is on Track<div class="ExternalClass59594261C4CD4BEBB453B2DF002C9517"><html> <p>Check out this month's Phoenix City Update episode to learn more about the light rail expansion in Phoenix. The episode takes us from northwest to south central Phoenix where light rail projects are making progress. <br><br></p> <p>Phoenix light rail administrator, Markus Coleman, chats with PHXTV's Deborah Sedillo Dugan about light rail construction, connections and community firsts. </p> <p>And remember to stay update to date with everything light rail by downloading the Construct VM app. For the latest details on Phoenix light rail projects visit valleymetro.org/project.</p> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitVideopublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Distributing Free Transit Passes to Those Most in Needhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2120Public Transit10/28/2021 7:10:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2120/Public_Transit_Newsroom_44.jpgPhoenix Distributing Free Transit Passes to Those Most in Need<div class="ExternalClass7A40E570AD234DBD92111F8B2A40FC3D"><html> <p></p><p>Many Phoenix residents now have help with the cost of riding public transit - for both bus and light rail. Earlier this year, the Phoenix city council developed a strategic plan for the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to be received by the city of Phoenix. A component of that plan is to utilize $1 million for the purchase and distribution of transit passes to Phoenix residents to ensure that transit-dependent passengers can continue riding transit during these challenging times.  </p><p>The Public Transit Department is working with other city of Phoenix departments as well as partner organizations to distribute the passes to communities that can benefit from use of these passes. <br></p><p>City staff, with the help of the Phoenix city council, identified more than <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/ARPA_bus_passes_agencies_2021.pdf" target="_blank">30 organizations</a> that can assist with the distribution of these passes including (but not limit​​ed to) Phoenix Arizona@Work, Equality AZ, the Human Services Campus and others. <br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Members of the public can visit the list of <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/ARPA_bus_passes_agencies_2021.pdf" target="_blank">participating organizations​</a> and connect with them to get a pass. Pass recipients are asked to fill out a <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2GZKRY" target="_blank">short survey​</a> ab​​​out how they will utilize this assistance.  ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><p>These organizations have existing programs in place to provide various types of assistance to those in need. And transit passes add to the benefits such programs already provide.<br></p><p>Assisting with transportation costs will be beneficial for those individuals that may need temporary help to get back on their feet, go to work, school, medical appointments, and continue moving their life forward. This can make a positive impact across Phoenix communities who rely on public transit in their daily lives. See the <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/ARPA_bus_passes_agencies_2021.pdf" target="_blank">attached list of agencies and programs​</a> the Public Transit Department has partnered with for the distribution of these passes.  <br></p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Departmen</strong><strong>t</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="/t2050" 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. </p><div><br><br></div><p>​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal Government Advances Full Funding for Northwest Light Rail Extensionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2116Public Transit10/22/2021 7:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2116/Public_Transit_Newsroom_43.jpgFederal Government Advances Full Funding for Northwest Light Rail Extension<div class="ExternalClass4E73465E279B4F8AB787EA241DF2A68C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;">USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) action greenlights the next step in connecting the West Valley to downtown Phoenix and the East Valley via light rail. </p> <p>Federal and local leaders are pleased to see the $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) for Valley Metro’s Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II (NWE II) advance to Congress for review.  This highly competitive grant will complete the funding necessary for this project, with the final grant signing anticipated in early November.  <br></p> <p>The NWE II gives new communities greater access to major destinations along the existing light rail line. Those destinations include educational institutions, employment centers, entertainment amenities as well as the airport. The extension also will link the West Valley to high-capacity transit as a convenient and reliable travel option.  <br></p> <p>1.6-mile extension will connect the current end-of-line located at 19th Avenue and Dunlap to Metrocenter Mall at approximately 29th Avenue and Dunlap. The extension is unique: it will reach its destination via a bridge over the Interstate 17 highway and terminate at the region’s first elevated light rail station platform. The project also includes three transit stations, a multi-modal transit center, a parking garage and extensive public art. <br></p> <p>USDOT’s announcement means a $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) will be dedicated to the project. Total cost of the NWE II is $401 million and includes $213 million in local Transportation 2050 (T2050) monies; $30 million from regional transportation sales tax funds; and the $158 million federal grant in the pipeline. <br></p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the project will now be able to meet its intended goal: to breathe new life into the neighborhoods around Metrocenter. “Projections tell us this new section of rail will serve 5,700 daily riders, and that the majority of riders will come from households without cars, opening up new options for good jobs and a good education,” said Mayor Gallego. “This will stand as a legacy project in Councilmember Ann O’Brien’s district, and for Councilmember Laura Pastor, who I recently appointed to represent Phoenix on the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors.”<br></p> <p>“Today’s funding announcement represents a critical next step in the Northwest Light Rail Extension. Investing in Arizona’s public transit creates jobs, expands transportation options, and grows Arizona’s economy,” said Arizona’s senior U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act I negotiated with Senate Republicans and the White House includes historic investments in public transit projects like this, and I’ll continue supporting crucial infrastructure investments in our state and creating opportunities for all Arizonans.”<br></p> <p>Funding of the Northwest Light Rail Extension project will expand Arizonans’ access to reliable public transportation and connect them to more economic opportunities,” said Arizona U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Upgrading and modernizing our transportation infrastructure remains one of my top priorities which is why I worked to secure key investments in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. I will continue working to ensure that Arizonans see more critical investments into our state’s infrastructure.”<br></p> <p>“Years of work and advocacy have made this project possible. When it’s complete light rail will be a new connection to the Northwest Valley, opening it up to new economic opportunities—jobs, private and public investments, education, health care, social services and more,” said Rep. Greg Stanton. Stanton has been a fierce advocate for public transit since his time as mayor of Phoenix, leading the charge on T2050, one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country—a bipartisan, voter-backed plan to extend Phoenix’s light rail system, expand bus service, and improve thousands of miles of roadways over the next 35 years. He has continued to fight for federal funds and increased resources for the CIG program as Vice Chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.  <br></p> <p>“As America’s fifth-largest city, Phoenix requires robust infrastructure that brings better jobs and opportunities for our residents,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego. “The Biden Administration recognizes these needed investments, and I’m excited by the announcement of full funding for the Northwest Light Rail extension. Whether going to work, out to a restaurant, or to shop, this redevelopment will connect our city in a new, innovative way.”<br></p> <p>“Moving a million more people across the Valley in the next three to five years is our regional transportation challenge," said Valley Metro Rail Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Francisco Heredia. “The Northwest Extension Phase II will be instrumental in increasing access, connecting neighborhoods, reducing future congestion and, ultimately, providing high-quality, affordable public transportation to generations. Thank you to our partners at DOT and FTA for sharing our vision, now and into the future."​<br></p> <p>Work on the Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II is expected to be complete in 2024. ​<br><br></p> <p>About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">T2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan​</a>. 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 from federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix City Council Approves Public Transit Resources for the Most Vulnerable https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2038Public Transit8/26/2021 3:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2038/Public_Transit_Newsroom_42.jpgPhoenix City Council Approves Public Transit Resources for the Most Vulnerable <div class="ExternalClass7DBC6F68EADF4A98A85444B992E61008"><html> <p>The Phoenix city council voted unanimously today to approve $1 million to help residents in need with the cost of riding public transit.<br></p> <p>The city will use federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to purchase more than 31,000 monthly transit passes.  The move significantly increases the number of reduced-fare passes for those passengers in need experiencing financial or other difficulties.  <br></p> <p>Under the program, city staff will work through existing city programs and in partnership with local nonprofit organizations to distribute transit passes to populations identified by city council, such as working families, community college students and public housing residents. <br></p> <p>The passes are valid fare for use on bus and light rail routes throughout the region and will consist of monthly (31-day) passes. <br></p> <p>Council members praised the move as one step in ensuring Phoenix communities have more access to public transit to get to jobs, education opportunities and other appointments they may have.  ​​<br>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Valley Metro Releases New App With Real Time Trackinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1980Public Transit7/6/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1980/Public_Transit_Newsroom_41.jpg Valley Metro Releases New App With Real Time Tracking<div class="ExternalClass16CC57272F364F8485383A5C1388942C"><html> <p>Ever wonder when your bus is arriving? Or, when the next train will pull into the station? Ponder no more. Valley Metro, in partnership with the city of Phoenix and Vix Technology, has launched the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app" target="_blank">new Valley Metro: Plan & Track app</a> that features real time bus and light rail tracking and trip planning. </p><p>“More than 90 percent of our riders own a smartphone and with this major upgrade in technology, our vital transit system becomes more accessible and easier to use. This new tool is particularly critical as our riders and our communities return stronger than ever from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Vice Chair of the Valley Metro RPTA Board of Directors. </p><p>The planning and tracking features of the app were accelerated after a <a href="https://drupal-space.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/s3fs-public/uploads/event-resources/final_vm_ridership_recovery_topline_report_8.17.20_web.pdf" target="_blank">2020 rider survey</a> indicated that nearly 70 percent of respondents stated that it is very important to keep riders informed of service updates. With real time tracking, it gives the riders the ability to see when their bus or train will arrive. With the app now available, riders can:</p><p>• Plan trips with step-by-step navigation</p><p>• Track buses and trains in real time</p><p>• View a trip’s travel time</p><p>• Save favorite stops</p><p>• Get service alerts and updates.</p><p>“This digital tool is a game changer for our riders. It basically takes all of the guesswork out of planning a transit trip,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “We know this is a big deal for current riders and we believe it will attract new riders to our ever-growing system.”</p><p>In addition to real time tracking, the app will introduce mobile fare payment in 2022. Riders will be able to create an account and pay for transit fares directly from their phone. </p><p>On behalf of the region, the city of Phoenix has contracted with <a href="https://vixtechnology.com/about/" target="_blank">Vix Technology​</a> to modernize Valley Metro’s regional fare system, giving riders greater tools and flexibility to access the transit system. This app is the first enhancement as part of a multi-year program that will also include mobile ticketing, reloadable smart cards and new, more modern fare collection equipment.  </p><p>The new app is free and available on iOS and Google Play.</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 <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/accessibility" target="_blank">paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities​</a>, commuter vanpools, <a href="https://sharetheride.com/" target="_blank">online carpool matching</a>, 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://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21LjG0d5IQ4Nnj495GNhI_HH0jhXfqNGcUsrDyv3-on7Cf4nVMyhxXvqCRxel99HIEtV71weI$" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21LjG0d5IQ4Nnj495GNhI_HH0jhXfqNGcUsrDyv3-on7Cf4nVMyhxXvqCRxel99HIEQb78V8c$" 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>.</p><p><strong>About Phoenix Public Transit</strong>: 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="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.​</p><div><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit

 

 

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