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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
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
Phoenix Celebrates Five Years of Transportation 2050 Accomplishmentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1873Public Transit4/26/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1873/Public_Transit_Newsroom_40.jpgPhoenix Celebrates Five Years of Transportation 2050 Accomplishments<div class="ExternalClassA1F368A7D1F245E7933AC4687343B9E6"><html> <p></p> <p>​​S​treet improvements, new bus shelters, extended bus service hours, a new light rail station and more milestones were made possible in the last five years thanks to forward-thinking Phoenicians who voted for Proposition 104 (<a target="_blank" href="/T2050">Transportation 2050​</a>) in August 2015. </p> <p>A seven-tenths (7/10) of a cent sales tax went into effect in January 2016, funding the Transportation 2050 (T2050) program. T2050 is a 35-year multimodal transportation plan to dramatically expand investment in bus service, light rail construction and operation, and overall mobility and street improvements across Phoenix. </p> <p>To celebrate these accomplishments, the city has planned a <a target="_blank" href="/T2050/FiveYears">socially distant scavenger hunt ​</a>that can be completed virtually or in person. The city has also released two videos celebrating T2050 achievements.<br></p> <p> “This year marks five years of progress under Phoenix’s T2050 plan, and we have a lot to celebrate,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and it is critical that we have a multimodal transit system that meets the needs of our residents and helps them thrive. While 2020 was a different year than we expected, the city forged ahead to meet more goals than ever before. We will continue to do so, to ensure robust, inclusive transportation options become a reality in Phoenix.” </p> <p>Mayor Gallego adds that T2050 also helped position Phoenix for the growth and economic prosperity the city has experienced over the last five years.</p> <p> “Major employers, site selectors and investors look at factors like transportation and infrastructure when choosing where to locate,” Mayor Gallego said. “We have a long-range vision for mobility and transportation that is supported by our voters and that’s why the Phoenix economy is rebounding faster than other cities.”</p> <p> <strong>Public Participation and Multimedia Content </strong> </p> <p>• Participate in the T2050 scavenger hunt to experience progress made to date. The scavenger hunt can be completed at home or in person at various sites that were made possible through T2050 funding. Visit<a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/T2050/FiveYears"> phoenix.gov/T2050/FiveYears</a> to learn more and complete the T2050 scavenger hunt. Successful participants in the contest are eligible to win a $150, $100 or $50 donated gift card to the <a target="_blank" href="https://shop.localfirstaz.com/">Shop Arizona Marketplace</a>.</p> <p>• Listen to Mayor Kate Gallego’s comments on the <a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/pk-4OszomYM">city’s YouTube channel</a>. </p> <p>• Watch a brief summary of the T2050 key milestones in this <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMrL7Sl-KoI">two-minute video</a>.</p> <p>• To be transparent to voters and the traveling public, the city of Phoenix publishes<a target="_blank" href="/T2050/Progress"> annual progress reports​</a> detailing how T2050 funds are used to advance transportation and mobility across the city. The reports highlight various taxpayer-funded projects showing that the city is on track to meet its goals. Check out the <a href="/streetssite/Documents/T2050AnnualProgressReport%20_FY2020_EnglishInteractive.pdf" target="_blank">latest 2020 progress report card on p. 9​</a> to see the evolution of improvements. <br><br></p> <p> <strong>Select Five-Year Bus and Dial-A-Ride Achievements</strong> </p> <p>• Bus and Dial-A-Ride service hours extended to match light rail hours</p> <p>• Increased frequency on five major bus routes and extended bus routes on five major arterial roads</p> <p>• Purchased 319 new local buses, 37 RAPID buses, 97 Dial-A-Ride vehicles and three circulator buses</p> <p>• Installed 321 bus shelter shade structures, 49 bus stops and six bus bays </p> <p>• Continued providing transportation for essential workers every ​day throughout the pandemic​<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Select Five-Year High-Capacity Transit Achievements</strong> </p> <p>• 50th Street Light Rail Station opened in 2019<br></p> <p>• Planning underway for high capacity transit between the state capitol and Desert Sky Mall (Capitol Extension/I-10 West Extension)<br><br></p> <p>• Construction underway for the second phase of the Northwest Extension to the Metrocenter region</p> <p>• Construction underway on the South Central Extension and Downtown Hub</p> <p>• Public outreach on potential corridors and networks for the Bus Rapid Transit System<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Select Five-Year Street Maintenance Achievements</strong> </p> <p>• Added 189 miles of new pavement and applied pavement preservation treatments to 441 additional miles of arterial or major collector roads </p> <p>• Added 552 miles of new pavement and applied pavement preservation treatment to 1,544 additional miles of minor collector or local streets</p> <p>• Improved or installed 12,003 ADA-compliant curb ramps</p> <p>• Replaced 3,331 illuminated street signs</p> <p>• Installed 2,318 new energy-efficient LED street lights</p> <p>• Installed 182 miles of new bike lanes</p> <p>• Installed 166 left-turn arrows<br><br></p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved 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 from federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. <br></p><p>For the latest, follow us on Twitter <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">@PhoenixMetroBus​</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX">@StreetsPHX</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">@ValleyMetro​.​<br></a><br></p><p><strong>Media Contacts</strong></p><p>Phoenix Public Transit, Brenda Yanez, 602-571-5895<br></p><p>Phoenix Street Transportation, Ashley Patton, 602-292-3704<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Metro Phoenix Transit Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccineshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1801Public Transit3/11/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1801/Public_Transit_Newsroom_39.jpgMetro Phoenix Transit Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccines<div class="ExternalClass5B74F536FA9B4EC28DB27E3829D7157A"><html> <p> The Valley’s essential transit workers are now prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  <br> </p> <p>“I have advocated for quite some time for these essential workers to move up on the priority list, and am pleased to see the county take action,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Since the pandemic began, these are the people who show up every day, and work in close contact with other people – sometimes helping them board a bus or even buckle a seatbelt. They do it despite the risk to their own health. There is no question they are the backbone of our local economy.”<br></p> <p>The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) will give the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine during an event that occurs March 12-14. There are approximately 4,000 frontline transit workers who serve metro Phoenix communities. ​<br></p> <p>The event is open only to public transit personnel including bus, light rail and paratransit workers and is being shared with another sector of essential workers, United States Postal Service employees. Special thanks to MCDPH and the other event hosts—Phoenix Union High School District and Albertson’s/Safeway—for their commitment to frontline essential workers and protecting our community.<br></p> <p>“There are thousands of transit workers in the Valley who, from day one of the pandemic, have shown up to keep our region moving," said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “I am awed by our team and their commitment to serving the public and other essential workers, including our grocery store and healthcare workers. They are truly heroes moving heroes.”<br></p> <p>Transit workers are employed by Valley Metro, city of Phoenix and a dozen contracted firms, including First Transit, Transdev, Alternate Concepts, Inc., Allied Universal and DMS Facility Services, to name a few.<br></p> <p>“Having several agencies working together as a team has allowed us to protect our frontline employees,” said Lynn McLean, General Manager, First Transit East Valley. “I want to thank those who have continued through this pandemic year to provide service to the public. I also want to thank the agencies that have provided this opportunity for transit workers to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and our passengers.”​<br></p> <p>About a year ago, Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix began implementing more stringent cleaning protocols and safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and protect frontline staff and passengers. Enhanced cleaning and boarding limitations were put in place, face coverings were mandated, and temporary barriers were installed in the driver area to create a safe distance between operators and passengers. Permanent barriers are being installed on the entire bus fleet now. <br></p> <p>For more information on how Valley Metro maintains a safe environment for transit workers and riders, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/covid-19">valleymetro.org/covid19​</a>.​<br></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 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></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="http://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org</a>.​</p><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Face Coverings on Public Transit Now a Federal Mandatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1740Public Transit2/2/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1740/Public_Transit_Newsroom_38.jpgFace Coverings on Public Transit Now a Federal Mandate<div class="ExternalClass0BA87A8CC8594369B5E5B06241B18FA1"><html> <p>​On Jan. 21, 2021, President Biden issued an <strong>executive order requiring mask wearing on all modes of public transportation</strong> including intercity buses and trains. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order which requires people to wear masks while on all public transportation and conveyances (trains, airplanes, ferries, etc.) and at transportation hubs. <br></p> <p>On Jan. 31, the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/releases/2021/01/31/tsa-implement-executive-order-regarding-face-masks-airport-security" target="_blank">Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a security directive</a> to implement President Biden’s Executive Order and support enforcement of the CDC’s Order with an effective start date of Feb. 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.</p> <p>Since June 20, 2020, Phoenix Public Transit passengers have been required to wear face coverings in conjunction with local and regional declarations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This federal mandate takes precedence over previously enacted local actions.</p> <p> <strong>Riders are urged to plan ahead</strong> and bring their own face coverings before boarding any public transit. Riders also are required to properly wear the face covering according to <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html" target="_blank">CDC guidelines </a>for their entire trip, including covering the face and nose. </p> <p>To assist transit passengers that do not have a face mask, Phoenix Public Transit will continue to provide<strong> free face coverings</strong> (as supplies allow) for riders at the following transit centers and libraries:<br></p> <p>• Transit Centers: Central Station, Ed Pastor, Metrocenter and Sunnyslope</p> <p>• Libraries: Burton Barr, Cesar Chavez, Desert Sage, Harmon, Palo Verde, Saguaro, Yucca</p> <p>The face-covering requirement applies to all people two years of age and older, on any public transit vehicle or at any public transit facility, including waiting areas and bus and light rail stops. Guidance from the CDC instructs public transit personnel to use best efforts to ensure that every person wears a mask when boarding, disembarking and for the duration of travel. Best efforts include:</p> <p>• Boarding only those persons who wear masks;</p> <p>• Instructing people that federal law requires wearing a mask on public transit and failure to comply constitutes a violation of federal law;</p> <p>• Monitoring persons onboard for anyone who is not wearing a mask;</p> <p>• At the earliest opportunity, disembarking any person who refuses to comply; and </p> <p>• Providing people with adequate notice to facilitate awareness and compliance of the requirement of the order to wear a mask.</p> <p>Read the detailed information on the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/21/executive-order-promoting-covid-19-safety-in-domestic-and-international-travel/" target="_blank">President’s Order</a> and the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html" target="_blank">CDC’s Order</a>, including definitions and instructions on wearing masks. </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">@PhoenixMetroBus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">@valleymetro</a> on Twitter. </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="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> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Light Rail Temporary Schedule Change and Station Closureshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1724Public Transit1/27/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1724/Public_Transit_Newsroom_37.jpgLight Rail Temporary Schedule Change and Station Closures<div class="ExternalClass41517F4E18B747A68AEB065BF5E45F01"><html> <p> Construction continues on the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/scedh-business-assistance-program" target="_blank">South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project</a>. Later this month, crews will build new track connections for the Downtown Hub. To complete the work safely, certain areas of the light rail system will not be available to riders. <br> </p> <p> February 13-26 work occurs at the intersections of 5th Street and Washington and Central Avenue and McKinley. Both eastbound and westbound trains will alternate travel on a single track in downtown Phoenix.  </p> <p> Riders can board and de-board east- and westbound trains at  </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Van Buren/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> Jefferson/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> 3rd St/Jefferson </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> The following platforms will be closed </p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span> </div> <div> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p> ​Van Buren/Central Ave </p></li> <li><p>Washington/Central Ave</p></li> <li><p>3rd St/Washington</p></li> </ul> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"></span> </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> March 13-26 work occurs at the intersections of 5th Street and Jefferson and 1st Avenue and McKinley. Both eastbound and westbound trains will alternate travel on a single track in downtown Phoenix. </p> </div> <p> Riders can board and de-board east- and westbound trains at:  </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Van Buren/Central Ave </p></li> <li><p> Washington/Central Ave </p></li> <li><p> 3rd St/Jefferson </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> The following platforms will be closed:  </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Van Buren/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> Jefferson/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> 3rd St/Jefferson <br></p></li> </ul> </div> <p> Because of this work, on February 13-26 and March 13-26, all light rail trains are estimated to arrive at platforms every 30 minutes during the entire service day. Typically, light rail service operates every 15 minutes on weekdays during peak hours, so riders are being asked to plan ahead to ensure timely arrivals at their destinations.  <br></p> <p> View the schedule that will be in effect during these two-week periods at <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/pardon-our-progress#light-rail-single-tracking" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/pardonourprogress​</a>. <br></p> <p> The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project team developed this work plan based on safety, ability to maintain traffic, construction scheduling and most importantly, minimizing impacts to riders.  ​​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Receives $530 Million Federal Granthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1702Public Transit1/12/2021 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1702/Public_Transit_Newsroom_36.jpgSouth Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Receives $530 Million Federal Grant<div class="ExternalClassEF81805682EA418B8E26C6EB608B62AF"><html> <p>​​​The Federal Transit Administration announced a $529.8 million federal grant agreement for the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project on Jan. 6. These funds make up nearly 40 percent of the total project cost and show the federal government’s support of the extension.</p><p>In addition to​ 5.5 miles of new track, this project also includes the construction of a Downtown Hub which will create a two-line light rail system and provide support for major events in the region, such as Super Bowl LVII in 2023. It also represents reinvestment in the entire corridor and community with upgraded utilities, sidewalks, landscaping, local art and mobility being enhanced as part of the project.<br></p><p>Learn more about the project and celebrate the virtual grant-signing by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7ueDEyT-FE" target="_blank">viewing this video</a>. ​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><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 Valley Metro on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/?hl=en" 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><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><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal Transit Administration Allocates $49.5 Million to Northwest Extension Phase II Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1694Public Transit1/7/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1694/Public_Transit_Newsroom_35.jpgFederal Transit Administration Allocates $49.5 Million to Northwest Extension Phase II Project<div class="ExternalClassEDC73F522DEE4CB88CF52D9CFB87B51A"><html> <p>Project includes new light rail bridge across I-17 and first elevated station<br></p> <p>The Federal Transit Administration announced the second allocation of grant funding for the Northwest Extension Phase II rail project. In addition to its <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-transportation-secretary-elaine-l-chao-announces-400-million-federal-funding" target="_blank">first allocation</a>, the project has now been allocated a total of $100 million in federal Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funds.<br></p> <p>Construction on the extension, which will include the system’s first elevated station, began in August 2020. </p> <p>In addition to a new transit center for light rail and bus service at Metrocenter, the extension also includes a rail-only bridge over the I-17 and two new stations. The community will also enjoy seven public art installations along the extension and updated landscaping, including more than 200 new trees.</p> <p>Find out more about the project and hear from local officials by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLC5UeE-Ch8" target="_blank">clicking here</a> (YouTube link).<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 Valley Metro on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/">Facebook</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/?hl=en">Instagram</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ValleyMetro">YouTube</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">Twitter</a> or by visiting <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org​</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 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">T2050 page​</a> or follow <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">Valley Metro​</a> on Twitter.</p> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit

 

 

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