Goodyear Becomes Valley Metro Member
PHOENIX (November 6, 2006) – The Goodyear City Council recently approved membership into Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA), the regional transportation agency that provides regional bus and paratransit service for Maricopa County residents and visitors. Valley Metro also promotes the use of alternative modes of transportation and provides a vanpool program and online carpool matching.
As a member, Goodyear will be incorporated into current transportation studies and will receive assistance from the RPTA in future operations and planning of bus service.
Vice Mayor Frank Cavalier will represent Goodyear on the Valley Metro Board of Directors, and Councilmember Dick Sousa will be an alternate. According to Goodyear officials, transit and transportation are crucial because of the direct relationship to housing and the economy. Due to the city’s long and narrow footprint, officials believe it’s very important to establish effective methods of mobility in their community.
“We are thrilled to be more involved in transit,” said Goodyear Vice Mayor Frank Cavalier. “We need alternative transportation to accommodate for future growth because we must consider air quality and quality of life for our residents.”
Valley Metro is the brand name for the 14 local governments that have joined to fund the Valleywide transit system that residents see on the streets today. The name, Valley Metro, was adopted as the identity for the regional transit system in the greater Phoenix area in 1992. With passage of Proposition 400 by Maricopa County voters in November 2004, the transit portion of the Regional Transportation Plan will provide $5 billion in transportation improvements over the next 20 years.
For more about Valley Metro, go to www.ValleyMetro.org or call (602) 262-7433 (RIDE).
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