Valley Metro seeks input on proposed April 2016 service changes

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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, December 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 input@valleymetro.org or mailed to:

Valley Metro Community Relations

Attn: Service Changes

101 N. 1st Ave. Suite 1300

Phoenix, AZ 85003

Service changes occur twice a year as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents, according to the release.

For more information, visit valleymetro.org/service changes.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly 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 23 miles of light rail. In fiscal year 2015, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. Six light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-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 it on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.

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