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The Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority appointed Peoria Councilman Jon Edwards to serve as chairman. His one year began July 1.

Previously, Edwards served as the RPTA treasurer and has served on the RPTA board since 2015. On Peoria City Council, Edwards represents the Willow District.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as chair of the RPTA for the coming year,” Edwards said. “I am committed to working with each of my fellow board members as we work to further improve our regional transit system.”

Valley Metro serves as the regional public transportation agency, providing coordinated transit services to residents of metro Phoenix. Governed by a board of elected officials representing their member agencies, the RPTA plans and operates the regional bus system and alternative transportation programs for riders of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

“This work of this board is critical to meet the modern transit needs of our growing region,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said. “Council member Edwards’ dedicated service on the RPTA board has helped move key transportation projects forward to benefit Peoria residents and beyond. I am thankful that he answered the call to represent our city in this capacity.”