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Valley Metro boards of directors name interim CEO

Management & Operations| January 25, 2016

Scott Smith, a private sector CEO, accountant and attorney, was elected as mayor of the City of Mesa in 2008. He used his business experience to reorganize the city and reduce the city’s budget by nearly 20%.

Arizona Rail Extension Opens Early to Connect Urban Growth

Mobility| December 1, 2015

Valley Metro Rail’s 3.1-mile Central Mesa light rail extension, which includes four new stations along Main Street, was added to the rail line to meet the growing transit demands in the city’s East Valley section.

Management & Operations| November 25, 2015

Valley Metro's Banta announces resignation

Has been with the agency since 2010 and oversaw its transition from a construction agency to an operating agency. He plans to work with the board to find his replacement.

Rail| September 2, 2015

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

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.

Rail| August 25, 2015

Ariz.'s Valley Metro extends rail line into Downtown Mesa

Seven months ahead of schedule and on budget, the additional 3.1-miles of service on Main Street between Sycamore Drive and Mesa Drive was greeted with big cheers from riders, business owners and local leaders.

Rail| June 4, 2015

Valley Metro rail extension slated to open 7 months early

It’s anticipated that the three-mile extension, which began construction in June 2012, will add 5,000 daily riders. It is funded by a combination of regional and federal dollars, having received a $75 million FTA grant in fall 2012.

Management & Operations| February 24, 2015

Ariz.'s Valley Metro, GlobeSherpa team for 'Ridekick'

By launching the free app, which pulls real-time schedule data, riders can plan a trip and get up-to-the-minute arrival times on bus or light rail. Riders can view available public transit options based on current location, plan a future trip and bookmark their favorite routes.

Management & Operations| October 23, 2014

Valley Metro extends Alternate Concepts' rail management contract

During its years of service in Arizona, ACI has continuously delivered strong on-time performance (OTP) for VMR, including 99% OTP during the first nine months of 2014.
Accessibility| May 7, 2014

Question of the day: What is the most urgent trend affecting your operation today?

We ask transit agency leaders about economic, social and political trends impacting their operations right now.
Rail| November 27, 2013

Valley Metro light rail extension gets FTA approval

The approval comes following the submittal of the project’s Environmental Assessment, required to understand the extension’s effect on its neighboring environment and to continue to receive federal funds.
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