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Councilmember Scott Somers named Chair of RPTA Board
By: Randy Policar
07/9/13 9:02 AM

District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers has been named the Chair of the Valley Metro Regional Public Transit Authority (RPTA) Board of Directors. Somers has been a member of the RPTA for the past five years, including serving as Vice Chair since January 2012.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Chair for the RPTA Board of Directors,” Councilmember Somers said. “Having been a member of the board for the past five years and having served as Vice Chair, I believe the board can work to gain more cost control in order to improve service regionally, as well as increase the accountability to our customers.”

Somers sits on the RPTA Budget and Finance Committee and was a member of the Mesa Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He has worked with Valley Metro RPTA on several cost saving and efficiency improvement projects in Mesa including implementing the Mesa Downtown Buzz, acquiring land for the Gilbert and Power Road Park-and-Ride and improving regional service delivery with the addition of Route 184.
Valley Metro RPTA Board member agencies include Mesa, Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Maricopa County, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Wickenburg.

Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, and bicycle and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local, state and federal revenues; and administered by a board of 16 governments working to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

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