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Despite Pandemic Decreasing Ridership, Valley Metro To Expand Light Rail

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - 12:21pm
Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 9:00am

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Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith
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Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith in 2018.

The pandemic has dramatically affected how — and how many of us — use public transit.

Buses and light rail vehicles in the Valley that were typically full during morning and afternoon rush hours have seen significant drops in ridership. Thousands of people have lost their jobs, while many others are working from home.

In the midst of that shift, though, Valley Metro’s light rail line is going to receive more than half a billion dollars to help fund expansion and keep light rail at the center of area transit.

To find out about that money and public transit during the pandemic, The Show spoke with Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith.

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