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 Tyne, Chair
Jessica Mefford-Miller, Executive Committee
Jesus Sapien, Executive Committee
Andrew Haines, Vice Chair
Marc Soronson, Executive Committee
Christina Bird, Treasurer
Melissa Boyles, Executive Committee
David Schwartz, Executive Director
May 20, 2022 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- How Prop 400 Enabled Lifesaving Transportation During the Pandemic
Throughout the pandemic, Arizona and our region suffered through some of the deadliest and highest COVID-19 case rates in the country. To date, there have been more than 30,000 COVID-19 deat...
May 10, 2022 – Friends of Transit
Friends of Transit
- New temporary station closures in downtown Phoenix for Valley Metro Rail
New temporary station closures in downtown Phoenix for Valley Metro Rail Light rail trains arrive every 20 minutes through July 2 PHOENIX – Construction crews have nearly completed the...