Friday, December 17, 2010

Extended Phoenix RAPID I-17 service coming in January‏

Several northwest Valley Express routes also changing

The Phoenix Public Transit Department will provide commuters a different option to get to work in downtown Phoenix later this month, when extended RAPID™ I-17 service begins on Jan. 24, 2011 in far northwest Phoenix. RAPID™ is a limited-stop service that operates on freeways throughout Phoenix, using commuter-style vehicles. The Phoenix City Council approved changes to RAPID™, as well as changes to some Express routes and the Grand Avenue Limited. Details are below.

Express Service

Elimination of Express routes 570, 582, and 590
(each travel on Central Avenue between Indian School and Thomas Roads)

Changes to transit service were made after a study of Express and RAPID™ commuter routes by Phoenix Public Transit planning staff showed high demand in northern parts of Phoenix, and underutilization of Express routes. The changes will save an estimated $300,000 annually.

“We had to look at all forms of transit service for savings and efficiency, including RAPID and Express,” said Phoenix Public Transit Department Director Debbie Cotton. “The changes to I-17 RAPID service will offer an alternative to driving for some users, while allowing us to direct funds to service for Phoenix riders who have provided the backbone of our city’s transit funding.”

More information on RAPID™ and other transit services is available online at
, or by calling Valley Metro Customer Service at 602-253-5000.

Source: City of Phoenix Public Transit

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