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.
Maria Hyatt, Chair
Scott Smith, Executive Committee
Jesus Sapien, Executive Committee
Marc Soronson, Executive Committee
David Schwartz, Executive Director
August 06, 2019 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- Koch-Funded Group Helped Develop Plan to Kill Future of Phoenix Light Rail
Much of the plot to kill the future of light rail in Phoenix was hatched in a window-tinting shop on South Central Avenue. At first, the plot was narrow.
August 05, 2019 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- Local high school students complete STEM light rail internship program
After a summer full of mentorship, engineering and design training and career mentorship, 17 high school students presented their group projects in a celebration ceremony at South Mountain Community College Tuesday.