The threat of transit strikes in the Valley have been ringing loudly for a long time. Last week, the plug was pulled on a bunch of bus services in the Phoenix and Tempe areas. Thankfully, for light rail riders, the METRO light rail service has not been yanked.
Unfortunately, many of the people counting on bus rides today are hearing that it probably isn’t getting much better real soon. Need to get to work or to school via the city bus? Sorry. No bus for you.
The Cities of Phoenix and Tempe have been doing a good job updating people as has METRO rail, Valley Metro RPTA and the transit agencies.
I have listed a few links to places where you can follow more information about the bus strikes.
Phoenix Metro Bus on Twitter
Valley METRO Facebook
Valley Metro RPTA on Twitter
Valley METRO press release page
City of Tempe Twitter updates
Here is a press release from METRO today:
Bus service disruption in effect
Light rail not impacted and running regular service
Fifty percent of the Valley’s 100 bus routes are currently being impacted by a bus strike. Discover if your route is impacted and, if so, if it is running or running on a limited frequency online at www.valleymetro.org. Please visit the website first prior to calling Customer Service at 602-253-5000.
If your route is impacted, prepare to make alternate travel plans during these early days of the strike. Routes not impacted by the strike are running regular service, including METRO light rail.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this challenging time.
For all of the people that count on bus service to get them where they are going, transit agencies seem to be asking them to find alternate transportation. Use light rail, carpool, ride a bike, invent a jet-pack etc.
Hang in there, we hope this fiasco will be over soon.
**PLEASE note: Rail Life is NOT associated with ANY transit agency. If you have questions or complaints, please contact the people listed in the links above.++