Wednesday, December 16, 2009

COMTO and WTS Media Advisory


Last ride of METRO CEO Rick Simonetta – photo opp today at 4:55 p.m.

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and WTS along with the generous support of Friends of Transit (FOT) and Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) have teamed up to host the last ride and farewell reception for METRO light rail CEO Rick Simonetta. Simonetta departs as METRO’s first chief executive at the end of this year.

Simonetta will be honored by his peers and city leadership for his six years of service and expertise, opening up the Valley’s first light rail system on time and on budget.

A train will leave the Sycamore/Main station in Mesa at 4:10 p.m.* with Simonetta and Mesa city leadership and staff on board. The train will travel west to pick up leaders in both Tempe and Phoenix. The group will disembark at Central/McDowell station and proceed to the reception site, the Phoenix Art Museum.


Wednesday, December 16

Train departs at 4:10 p.m. from the Sycamore/Main station.

Picks up Tempe leadership at 4:23 p.m. from the Veterans Way/College station.

Picks up Phoenix leadership at 4:50 p.m. from the Washington/Central station.

Group disembarks at the Central/McDowell station at 4:55 p.m. – PHOTO OPP

VIP reception from 5 – 6 p.m. – INTERVIEW OPP

Full reception from 6 – 8 p.m.


Reception will take place at the Phoenix Art Museum.


Mayors, Vice Mayors and Council members of METRO member cities will be onboard and speak at the reception.

More Info

The Phoenix chapters of COMTO and WTS have been active in the Valley for several years and are dedicated to promoting the advancement of minorities and women in the field of transportation, including public transit, aviation, highways and related modes.

*These are approximate times; as always, train schedules are subject to unexpected delays or impacts.

Source: Metro Light Rail

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