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AARP has joined the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) Education and other groups in voicing concerns over the impact of recent transit cuts in Phoenix and throughout the state.
Phoenix light rail service is now less frequent and peak hours of operation have been reduced by two hours each day. Some bus routes were also affected in addition to Dial-A-Ride service.
“Public transit services are a lifeline for many elderly, low-income and disabled Arizonans, providing them mobility and connecting them to their community. Whether it’s Dial-A-Ride, bus or light rail service, it’s an option by which they can get to their doctor, their job, to school or to shopping. It means independence for many who don’t have a car or are unable to drive,” said Cynthia Fagyas, Communications Director for AARP Arizona.
The Arizona Center for Disability Law, the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) joined AARP Arizona and PIRG in voicing their concerns about the impact of the transit cuts during a press conference July 26.
“At a time when transit service in the Valley should be expanding, these service cuts are particularly painful since more people rely on public transit for mobility during an economic downturn,” said Serena Unrein, Public Interest Advocate for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.
Additional information about specific service changes can be found on the Valley Metro Website.
The Arizona PIRG Education Fund also has tips for transit riders on how to deal with the service cuts.