Q&AZ: Why Can't Valley Metro Riders Use A Light Rail Ticket To Switch To Bus?
Phoenix’s public transit is a little different than other major cities because you cannot buy a one-way ticket that covers both a bus and light rail ride.
A KJZZ listener was wondering why they couldn’t use a light rail ticket to switch to the bus and complete their trip. They asked KJZZ via Q&AZ why the dual option was available for day passes, but not one-way trips.
Valley Metro said that buying a ticket based on destination - and having that cover all forms of transportation needed to get you to said destination - doesn’t make sense for a city like Phoenix, which is so sprawling.
Spokeswomen Susan Tierney encouraged riders to buy a single all-day pass. Tierney says this is more convenient for riders who will probably be taking multiple bus and light rail rides as they navigate the valley.
“The point behind a one day fare is that you have a lot of flexibility and then you don’t have to take the time to buy a fare somewhere else because you've already purchased it for the entire day,” she said.
If you’re taking a single trip using the light rail and the bus, the $4 all-day pass is expensive compared to one-ways in other major metro areas.
However if you’re looking at the price for unlimited rides, Phoenix is one of the most affordable compared to other major metro areas.