New light-rail extension includes changes to rail, bus service

(Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

(Photo by Richard H. Dyer, Independent Newspapers)

Valley Metro Rail will soon be traveling along Main Street into the heart of downtown Mesa. With the Central Mesa light rail extension opening on Aug. 22 come adjustments to rail and bus service.

Changes to Valley Metro Rail service take effect on Saturday, Aug. 22. Due to the Central Mesa Opening Celebration, Route 40 – Apache/Main St will be on detour.

In addition, minor schedule and routing changes will occur to four bus routes starting on Aug. 23. These routes include Arizona Ave/Country Club Dr LINK, Main St LINK, Route 104 – Alma School, and Mesa Downtown BUZZ.

Plan your next transit trip with Valley Metro’s trip planner or Ridekick, Valley Metro’s mobile app. A reminder to riders, arrive at the bus stop or rail station platform five minutes before your bus or train is scheduled to depart.

Valley Metro provides 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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034. 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. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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