Monday, November 15, 2010

Explore the light rail line this holiday season‏

With guests in town and time away from the daily grind this holiday season, consider METRO light rail as your connection to the Valley’s best special events and destinations. Visit METRO’s holiday and special events guide at for events taking place Nov. 19 – Dec. 31, 2010 within a half-mile of the light rail line. From parades to musical performances, from sporting events to arts festivals, there are hundreds of events to choose from.

This guide was developed to inspire the use of light rail during the holidays and beyond. It provides a glimpse of the wide-ranging event opportunities and venues within walking distance of the line. It shares event details, venue contact information and the closest light rail stations.

Source: Metro Light Rail

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bus stops to move during Central Station construction‏

As Phoenix’s Central Station undergoes another phase of refurbishment, some bus stops will be relocated to surrounding streets and the customer service office will move to a temporary trailer on the site. The move is effective Monday, November 15, 2010. Go to to find a map of relocated bus stops; the light rail platforms are not affected.

The customer service office, where fare media is sold, will be closed from noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 for the move.

In the meantime, passengers are encouraged to use the fare vending machines located on the light rail platforms to buy transit passes which can be used both on Valley Metro buses and METRO light rail.

The City of Phoenix received $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to refurbish the transit center located at Central Avenue and Van Buren. At the project completion in summer 2011, the transit offices will be expanded to accommodate the staff and functions of customer service and of the Police Transit Bureau. Central Station will also have updated shade structures, lighting, and signage; and a number of sustainable features including a solar power system for the site.

Source: City of Phoenix