Rosendin Electric, Valley Metro team to provide vanpool options for employees

Rosendin Electric, a private electrical contractors and an employee-owned company, offers a new benefit to help employees save money, time and stress as the Phoenix office partnered with Valley Metro to provide a vanpool for a project commute at no cost to workers. The first vanpool for Rosendin Electric launched in July with nine workers […]

Valley Metro, Waymo partner to seek innovative transportation options

Valley Metro and Waymo joined forces Tuesday, July 31 to introduce a new partnership that the two hope will help drive the future of transportation through self-driving vehicle technology. The event happened amidst two Waymo vehicles on either side of a light rail train at the Valley Metro Rail Operations and Maintenance Center in Phoenix. […]

Dec. 31-Jan. 1 holiday service schedule for Valley Metro bus and rail

Take note of the following holiday service times and dates for Valley Metro bus and rail: New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31 Coors Light Free Rides on all bus, rail, para-transit and Dial-a-Ride services begin at 7 p.m. through end of service day. Rail will operate a regular Sunday schedule with enhanced service to support […]

Valley Metro announces holiday service schedules

Valley Metro officials ask that passengers take note of holiday service for Valley Metro bus and rail to help keep up with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season:  Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 Bus and rail will operate on a regular Sunday schedule Customer Service open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. […]

Valley Metro service for Independence Day celebrations

Valley Metro has announced the following public transit schedule to get riders to and from local Independence Day festivities on Tuesday, July 4. Valley Metro Rail will operate a Sunday schedule with enhanced service starting at 5 p.m. to support holiday festivities in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Riders can access events at key stations, according […]

On a roll: Big bus service improvements coming for Valley Metro riders

Expanded service hours, extended routes to boost access for passengers Starting April 24, Valley Metro will roll out major bus service improvements allowing greater opportunity for riders to connect to employment, education and entertainment. Thanks to the voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 plan, local bus routes and Dial-a-Ride in the city of Phoenix will expand weekend service […]

Valley Metro seeks public input on proposed bus changes

Valley Metro is asking riders to offer their feedback on proposed changes to bus service that would take effect on April 25, 2016. Bus routes that serve Mesa, Buckeye, Goodyear, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe may be adjusted to better serve riders and streamline the regional network of bus routes, according to a press release.

The proposed changes include adjustments to enhance service such as improving frequency on Route 13 – Buckeye, Route 19 – 19th Avenue, Route 72 – Scottsdale/Rural and the Scottsdale Miller Road Trolley.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, to gather feedback and respond to questions about the proposed service changes:

It will begin with an open house 5-5:30 p.m. and continue with the hearing 5:30-6:15 p.m. It will take place in the Valley Metro boardroom, 101 N. 1st Ave., 10th floor in Phoenix.

The public comment period is ongoing until Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Details about proposed service changes are available online and input can be provided with an online comment card. Comments can also be sent to or mailed to:

Valley Metro Community Relations

Attn: Service Changes

101 N. 1st Ave. Suite 1300

Phoenix, AZ 85003

Valley Metro service changes to take effect on Oct. 26

Changes to Valley Metro bus service will take effect on Monday, Oct. 26. Bus routes that serve Mesa, Chandler, Arizona State University, Goodyear, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe will be adjusted to serve riders and streamline the regional network of bus routes, according to a press release.

Significant changes include:

•Route 19 – 19th Avenue: With construction progress on the Northwest Phoenix light rail extension, Route 19 returns to its original routing on 19th Avenue between Bethany Home Road and Dunlap Avenue.

•19th Avenue Connector: Eliminate route that was implemented to meet added demand during light rail construction.

•Route 61 – Southern: In Mesa, increase frequency to 30 minutes on Sundays.

•FLASH McAllister: Eliminate route at end of ASU fall semester to streamline service in Tempe. (Effective Dec. 14).

•FLASH Back: Add service from 6 – 10 p.m. at 15 minute frequency. (Effective Jan. 11).

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

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.

Stephen Banta, chief executive officer of Valley Metro, has been selected to represent the U.S. and North America in a leadership position for a prominent international public transportation association according to s press release.

Mr. Banta was elected to serve on the policy board of the International Association of Public Transport as a representative of the American Public Transportation Association for the 2015-2017 term.

UITP is an international organization for public transportation authorities and operators, policy and decision makers, scientific institutes, businesses and suppliers. APTA has a long-standing partnership with the organization.

“Steve Banta will be an outstanding representative of APTA and the public transit industry on this policy board,” APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said in the release. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn and share ideas with public transit systems around the world to advance public transportation.”

“I appreciate the appointment, look forward to contributing to UITP and, more importantly, learning from our global peers,” Mr. Banta said in the release.

The American Public Transportation Association is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the U.S. and Canada ride APTA member systems, according to the release.