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Private rail security urged for Phoenix

Rail| September 6, 2011
Staffing constraints due to budget issues have made it challenging for police to attain passenger inspection goals set by Metro, according to police officials. The other two cities the system runs through — Mesa and Tempe — already use private security companies.

Phoenix bus drivers negotiating to avoid strike

Bus| August 25, 2011
Bus company negotiators and union drivers will resume talks in an attempt to avert a strike. Nearly all of the system’s drivers voted to reject a labor contract proposal and authorize a possible walk out, due to a dispute over wages, health insurance and sick leave.
Bus| July 18, 2011

Phoenix transit reports incorrect figures for past 6 years

Due to a clerical error, the Phoenix Public Transit Department miscategorized some costs and misreported to the federal government the administrative costs of managing transit service.
Rail| March 29, 2011

Streetcar Project Gets in Gear

The $196 million, 3.9-mile streetcar system, which is slated to begin construction this year, will connect major activity centers, including the University of Arizona and Downtown Tucson. The project is expected to trigger job development, spur economic growth and encourage transit-oriented development.
Accessibility| March 7, 2011

WTS honors Valley Metro Executive Director

Dave Boggs was named the 2010 Womens’ Transportation Seminar Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter Member of the Year at the annual awards and scholarship ceremony. For more than nine years, Boggs has supported the chapter and participated in the mentorship program.
Rail| January 5, 2011

Phoenix Metro 2010 light rail ridership up

Has carried nearly 24 million riders over its first two years of operation.
Bus| December 9, 2010

Tempe streetcar receives regional approval

In addition to streetcar, a study calls for a BRT line on Rural Road, connecting the cities of Tempe and Chandler. Streetcar will advance first as local funding is available from Proposition 400, a countywide, half-cent transportation sales tax renewed by voters in 2004.
Bus| November 8, 2010

Phoenix bands record songs for Valley Metro riders

Lyrics describe different aspects of using the Valley Metro system, such as how to buy fare, safety near train tracks and buses, or how one fare pass can be used on both bus and light rail. The 11 topics were selected based on common passenger questions at Valley Metro’s customer service line and from the top questions city transit departments receive.
Rail| August 13, 2010

Phoenix light rail project moves to next stage

With FTA approval, preliminary engineering work can begin and will be conducted by Jacobs Engineering.
Rail| July 14, 2010

Phoenix Metro light rail ridership up

In June 2010, when ridership usually slumps as a result of the summer heat, Metro saw a 15 percent increase from 815,566 in 2009 to 942,154 in 2010.

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