Valley Metro receives awards from transit, tech groups

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PHOENIX — Industry and tech groups are recognizing Valley Metro for its efforts in light rail and transit development. So far this summer, the Phoenix-area transit agency has received three awards.

Esri, a geographic information system software company recently presented the agency with its 2017 special achievement in GIS award. The award recognizes the agency’s ridership data portal for its outstanding efforts in GIS technology. According to Valley Metro, the data portal provides access to customized transit ridership records.

The American Public Works Association Arizona Chapter has also presented the agency with the 2017 public works project of the year for Valley Metro’s Northwest light rail extension initiative. The Northwest light rail extension is a 3.2-mile light rail line that extends rail service north on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue. The extension, which opened in March 2016, serves about 5,000 riders per day.

The agency was also presented with the South West Transit Association spotlight award for its unique way of educating riders on alternative modes of public transportation. The agency’s "change your game plan" campaign uses board games and testimonials from agency customers to showcase the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation.

See the news release online.

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