[Source: Elias C. Arnold, Arizona Republic] — Southwest Valley commuters on Monday will have a new way to downtown Phoenix when Valley Metro begins express bus service from Goodyear. Buses will depart from a Goodyear park-and-ride facility three times each morning starting about 5:45 a.m. Return buses leave Phoenix starting at 4:15 p.m. Trips are scheduled to take about an hour. “The biggest advantage is going to be probably saving money” and making better use of time, such as reading on the way to work, said Susan Tierney, a Valley Metro spokeswoman.
Commuters can ride for free through next Friday. After that, trips are $1.75 each way or $68 for a monthly pass, which many downtown employers subsidize, Tierney said. The buses pick up from Goodyear’s first park-and-ride lot, on Cornerstone Boulevard west of Dysart Road. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
[Source: The Associated Press] — Bus ridership in metro Phoenix increased during January, February, and March from the same time a year ago as more and more commuters left their cars at home, Valley Metro officials said. In March, Valley Metro recorded an average of 6,861 bus boardings daily, an increase of 15.9 percent from March 2007’s numbers. January and February posted increases of 8.5 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively, Valley Metro officials said. “Gas prices have an impact on the demand of our services,” said Susan Tierney, Valley Metro spokeswoman.
Gas prices last week according to AAA hit a state average of $3.40. A less strenuous commute, continued promotion, employer subsidies, and air-quality concerns were other factors cited by riders and officials as reasons for getting more people on the bus. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
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