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.
Mark L. Yalung
Amanda McGennis, Vice Chair
Marc Soronson, Executive Committee
Mayor Mark Mitchell
David Schwartz, Executive Director
February 8, 2016 – Friends of Transit
Want More Information on the Tempe Streetcar Project?
Valley Metro and the City of Tempe are awaiting notification from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on the application submitted to receive project funding through the Small Starts grant program. Keep up to date on the Tempe Streetcar Project by checking Valley Metro’s project page. Read More
February 5, 2016 – Friends of Transit
February 4, 2016 – Friends of Transit
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