To educate the Greater Phoenix community about the benefits of a well-designed and accessible mass transit system, which represents a major component of a balanced regional transportation plan.
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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.

Board Members

Maria Hyatt, Chair
Scott Smith, Executive Committee
Jodi Sorrell
Mark Peterson
Katrina Heineking
Adam Rogers
Jesus Sapien, Executive Committee
Marc Soronson, Vice Chair
Shelly Seyler
Melissa Boyles
Andrew Haines
Deron Lozano
David Schwartz, Executive Director
Christina Bird, Treasurer
Christina Bird, Treasurer
Nick Wiatrowski
Melinda Alonzo
Amy Jenks
C.J. Eisenbarth Hager
Mike Smith
Ogbonna Abarikwu
Cristabel Dykstra

Transit News

December 07, 2020 – Friends of Transit

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November 10, 2020 – Friends of Transit

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  • April 2021 Proposed Service Changes

    Background Valley Metro and City of Phoenix service changes occur to develop an effective regional transit system that supports Valley communities, businesses and residents. Public input is requested...
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