Tempe is rapidly expanding its transportation options. From Valley Metro Rail to the free Orbit system to the upcoming street car, Tempe continues to ensure that everyone can move around the city quickly and efficiently. The City of Tempe caters to residents, visitors, businesses and ASU students, faculty and staff.
Valley Metro Bus
Services run 365 days a year with easy connectivity throughout Tempe, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the surrounding metro areas. In Tempe, bus routes run along all major arterial streets. Valley Metro’s trip planner is a good resource for route and fare information.
Valley Metro Rail
Valley Metro Rail runs over 25 miles on a single line from midtown Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Downtown Tempe, ASU Tempe Campus and Mesa. There are 9 station stops in Tempe. Valley Metro Rail provides schedules and maps to plan your travel.
Tempe offers a free neighborhood bus system. The system is called ORBIT and has 6 routes named after planets. The buses mainly run on smaller streets and connect Downtown Tempe and the ASU Tempe Campus with neighborhoods throughout Tempe.
Tempe offers 215 miles of bike paths and has been honored as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. Bike rental services, such as Grid Bikes, make it easy to check-out and return a bike to a designated location through Tempe. Many options to enjoy biking can be discovered throughout the City.
Ridesharing & Taxis
As in other major cities, rideshare and taxi services are offered by both Lyft, Uber and several local cab companies. All services also operate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Because of Tempe’s central location, ride services typically arrive 5-10 minutes from the time it is ordered.
Tempe is served by a few scooter rental companies who offer both stand up and sit down options. The scooters can be found on sidewalks and are available to rent through an easy mobile app process for quick point-to-point travel. The City of Tempe encourages all riders to adhere to bike and scooter safety rules.
Tempe 101 – a prep course for life at Arizona State University
Every August, a new group of wide-eyed freshman will descend upon Tempe, making it their home for the next four (or more) years. Tempe is a great place to go to school. It’s a fun college town that truly embraces Arizona State University into the culture. Tempe is also a great place to live, with lots to do all year round.
Outdoor Options in Tempe during COVID-19
To help you cope with the new stresses that we are all facing, you may want to get outside and enjoy the warm Tempe, Arizona sunshine that comes with spring. You can practice social distancing and experience the outdoors at the same time.