Are you tired of fighting the stop and go traffic as you drive to work each day? If you live in North Phoenix and work downtown, those frustrating days of commuting may soon come to an end. That's because Valley Metro is now putting the finishing touches on a new park-and-ride facility which is scheduled to open next month.
The Happy Valley Park and Ride is a new facility under construction at 24700 N. 29th Avenue in North Phoenix. When completed, it will allow commuters in the far north part of town to leave their vehicles in a covered, security-patrolled lot and take an express bus to downtown Phoenix. This will not only help reduce congestion on the freeways during rush hour, but it will also help the environment by reducing pollution from vehicle emissions.
Valley Metro have recently announced that they will begin service of RAPID busses to the Happy Valley Park and Ride on Monday, January 24th, 2011. Ten busses per day will shuttle passengers back and forth between downtown Phoenix via Interstate 17.
This will be the new location for RAPID bus riders in North Phoenix. The current location at Deer Valley Community Center on 19th Avenue and the Loop 101 freeway will see its service discontinued early next year. I hope that North Phoenix residents will make the most of this fast and convenient way to get downtown.
To learn more about RAPID busses and other bus routes, please visit www.valleymetro.org. To read more about the history and construction of the Happy Valley Park and Ride, please read my previous article entitled "Happy Valley Park and Ride Scheduled for 2010 Opening."