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Stop that bus! Phoenix extends transit services by three hours

(Valley Metro Photo)

PHOENIX — Those working the late shift throughout the Valley no longer have to worry about how they’re going to get home.

The city of Phoenix has extended its transit service by three hours every day of the week, with all of Phoenix’s 44 local bus routes and Dial-a-Ride services now running from 4 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. Service on the weekends is now available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition, all routes now operate with a frequency of 30 minutes or less, seven days a week.

“We have a large transit-dependent population in Phoenix that have second and third shift jobs, and they’re going to be able to get to work and home a lot easier now,” Phoenix Public Transit Department Public Information Officer Lars Jacoby said.

“And of course with any event happening downtown, the people who used to take the light rail to a park and ride can now take the bus home. They can enjoy their night downtown and get home on a bus.”

The improvements are part of the $17-million, voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 plan, and go into effect Monday.

More citywide transit improvements are scheduled to take place in April as part of the plan.

A full list of current service changes can be found here.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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