Rail

Valley Metro expands 'Safe Place' program at 4 new light rail stations

Posted on September 2, 2015

Ixnayonthetimmay
Ixnayonthetimmay

Through a partnership with Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Phoenix’s Valley Metro designated four new light rail stations in central Mesa as safe places for teens that are homeless or wandering the streets with nowhere to turn.

“With the extension of light rail into central Mesa, Valley Metro is extending its commitment to the community through Safe Place,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “Light rail stations are a community asset that is designed to provide a safe space for everyone, most notably our youth.”

Two vulnerable teenagers recently received the assistance they needed at light rail stations in Phoenix. A 16-year-old Nevada runaway received much-needed help from a Valley Metro security officer. The pair called Safe Place from the light rail station at Thomas and Central, where the frightened teen connected with Tumbleweed and received support in less than one hour. The second teen connected to Safe Place through the emergency call box.

Valley Metro’s partnership with Safe Place began in 2013. Teens that are homeless, have left their homes because of abuse or neglect, or have been asked to leave by parents or guardians can seek help at any light rail station 24-hours a day.

With the opening of the Central Mesa light rail extension on August 22, a total of 32 light rail stations now serve as safe places. An additional three light rail stations will be designated Safe Place contact spots when the Northwest Extension opens in spring 2016.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

FRA issues NOFO for $272M in State of Good Repair funds

Eligible projects include those that replace existing assets in-kind; replace existing assets with those that increase capacity...

Commuter rail makes significant, substantial PTC progress: APTA

Ninety-six percent of 16,722 wayside (on track equipment) installations have been completed.

Nonprofit repurposes Amtrak Acela seating into luxury bags

People for Urban Progress is known for repurposing dated infrastructure through design and fabrication projects.

Bombardier-Alstom to supply 153 additional Montréal railcars

Through this agreement, STM will benefit from the replacement of part of its fleet at a lower cost.

Metra adds more vehicles to replace aging fleet

The F59PHs were built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors Corp. in 1988.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation