About Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit was incorporated in 2001 as an Arizona nonprofit corporation. The mission of Friends of Transit is to educate the public on the benefits and importance to the Greater Phoenix community of a well-designed and accessible mass transit system, which represents a major component of a balanced regional transportation plan.
The idea of forming Friends of Transit came about after the Phoenix electorate approved a sales tax increase in 2000 to fund a comprehensive transit system, consisting of improved bus service and the addition of a light rail transit component. As a result of the successful transit elections in the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, several community leaders identified the continuing need to educate the public about the benefits of the voter-approved plans, especially given that some elements of the system would not be implemented for several years following the vote.
Skip Rimsza, then Mayor of the City of Phoenix, led the charge on this initiative and invited more than 40 corporate and community leaders to meet and discuss the need for such an educational organization – thus, Friends of Transit was created and for 10+ years, has continued to educate the general public on the benefits of a balanced transportation system.
Yvonne R. Hunter, Chair
Scott Smith, Executive Committee
Amanda McGennis, Vice Chair
Marc Soronson, Executive Committee
Mayor Mark Mitchell
David Schwartz, Executive Director
Christina Bird, Treasurer
Maria Hyatt, Executive Committee
Councilman Jim McDonald
Gene Van Wagner
C.J. Eisenbarth Hager
January 04, 2017 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- Inside the Ride - An Inside Look at Your Total Transit Network
Local artists act out on light rail. The moral of this story? A unique, and sometimes unexpected, ride for audience members. See what happens when reality and theatre intersect on light rail an...
December 30, 2016 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- Friends of Transit Partners with Valley Metro to Sponsor Internship
Friends of Transit Memorial Internship The Friends of Transit Memorial Internship honors five late transit advocates: Jim Brahaney Mayor Al Brooks, City of Mesa Councilman Len Copple, ...