Council Approves Bus Service to Match Light Rail Hours this April

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Jan. 11, 2017 Big transportation moves continue to happen in Phoenix, thanks to the voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan. Today, the Phoenix City Council approved extending the weekend hours of local bus and Dial-A-Ride starting in April, so bus and Dial-A-Ride hours will match light rail hours every day of the week. This means Friday and Saturday hours will extend until 2 a.m. and Sunday to 11 p.m. “Our riders and community members have been telling us they want to be able to do more,” says Public Transit Department Director Maria Hyatt. “More bus and Dial-a-Ride service not only helps our transit-dependent citizens get to places of education, work and entertainment, it also helps to create jobs.” This service day expansion, which will occur April 24, is a major step in the way Phoenix moves. The first step came last October when three hours of service was added to every day of the week, as well as an improvement to frequency to ensure all local routes in now operate at 30 minutes or less intervals, seven days a week. The improvements were planned in two steps to allows Phoenix’s service providers time to hire and train more than 200 new drivers, cleaners, mechanics and other jobs needed to implement the improvements. Since the T2050 started one year ago, the plan has been instrumental in other service upgrades as well, such as a new bus route, new buses and a contract for a new vehicle location system to replace the existing, aging system. For more on the latest T2050 year wrap up watch our video or visit our news page. About the Phoenix Public Transit Department: The Phoenix Public Transit Department provides Phoenix residents a variety of transit options and is the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system. Services range from local and commuter buses to alternative transportation for senior citizens and special needs. The city of Phoenix funds transit, and other transportation improvements, through Transportation 2050 (T2050) – a local sales tax approved by Phoenix voters in 2015 – as well as county and federal funds. T2050 allows for enhanced bus service, transit-related technology improvements and fare media upgrades under the leadership of the Citizens Transportation Commission. Visit us at or follow us on Twitter for the latest news. Media Contact: Lars Jacoby, 602-261-8254 and Brenda Yanez, 602-261-8392 Phone Number:]]]]> ]]>