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
David Schwartz, Executive Director
Christina Bird, Treasurer
Maria Hyatt, Executive Committee
Gene Van Wagner
C.J. Eisenbarth Hager
November 20, 2017 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith Continues Role into 2020
PHOENIX—Today, the Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail Boards unanimously approved an extension of Scott Smith’s employment agreement for an additional two years. Smith began serving a...
November 17, 2017 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit