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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    
September 16, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer         

Office:  623-882-7053;

      Valley Metro seeks public input on route expansions, enhancements

                     Changes would expand and adjust frequency on two routes in Goodyear

The public can offer feedback in a variety of ways on proposed Valley Metro transit service changes that provide many enhancements that would begin on January 27, 2014 and would increase the frequency of one route in Goodyear and expand another in the city.

Service changes occur with Valley Metro as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. Comments on the following changes or improvements are being requested between September 9 and October 11.

The proposed change to the Van Buren Route, known as Route 3, would be modified west of 75th Avenue in Phoenix and Avondale to provide a weekday frequency increase from every hour to every half hour. Routes run from about 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Another proposed change would include the McDowell Road/Avondale Boulevard Route, known as Route 17/17/A will be combined with service continuing to the Desert Sky Mall Transit Center in Phoenix. The weekday frequency will increase to 30 minutes west of the mall in Phoenix and in Avondale/Goodyear. The route will also be expanded about four miles west of McDowell Road at Litchfield Road to Pebblecreek Parkway in Goodyear.

Overall, the other proposed route changes throughout the Valley would be: 

  • Extend the route:  Routes 7, 10, 12, 16, 17/17A, 43, 51, 56, 59, 61, 154, ZOOM
  • Add trips:  Routes 72, 81, 156
  • Adjust the schedule:  Routes 562, 563, light rail
  • Modify the route:  Routes 0, 7, 12, 16, 17, 19, 41, 45, 70, 72, 154, 511, 685
  • Adjust frequency:  Route 3, 17/17A, 29, 50
  • Combine routes: Routes 17 and 17A 



Valley Metro and City of Phoenix service changes occur as a way to build and refine an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. Public input is requested on the following proposed service changes and enhancements scheduled to take effect January 27, 2014. All Valley Metro-operated service requires approval by the Valley Metro Board of Directors.

Open houses for public input:

September 16, 2013 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.               September 18, 2013, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Town of Buckeye, Public Library                              City of Glendale Council Chambers

310 N. 6th St., Buckeye                                            5850 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 


September 19, 2013, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.              September 24, 2013, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

City of Chandler Council Chambers                         City of Scottsdale 

88 E. Chicago St., Chandler                                     One Civic Center Building, Plan Review Rooms 1, 2, 3

                                                                                            7447 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale 

September 25, 2013, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

City of Phoenix

Burton Barr Library, Lecture Room

1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix



September 23, 2013, 11 a.m. to noon

Listen to a presentation and staff will respond to your questions. Click here to register.


Public hearing

October 8, 2013, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Valley Metro Boardroom, 10th floor

101 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix

Persons needing disability accommodations should contact Valley Metro at 602.262.7433 or by email at


Tweet chat

October 8, noon to 1 p.m.

Using #vmservice, learn more about the proposed service changes and ask questions of @ValleyMetroRPTA 


Online Comment Card

Go to the website,, to complete an online comment card in English or Spanish. Submit comments by Friday, October 11.


Email Valley Metro

For questions or additional information, email Valley Metro at or call Customer Service at (602) 253-5000.


All comments must be received by Friday, October 11, 2013.



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