Along with taxi and limousine companies or park-and-fly parking lots with shuttle service to the airport, Super Shuttle van service provides 24-hour airport service across the Valley:
Valley of the Sun
Very few metropolitan regions can MATCH The Valley of the Sun for its ease of navigation. The centrum of the city follows a simple crisscross pattern with Central Avenue (north/south) and Washington Street (east/west) at the starting point. All the numbered north/south roads west of Central are called “avenue, drive, or lane.” Numbered roads east of Central are called “street, place, or way.”
Here is a list of the 8 main traffic arteries:
1) Interstate 17 (north/south through Phoenix around 25th Avenue).
2) Interstate 10 (enters Phoenix east/west turning south to Tucson).
3) U.S. Highway 60 (Superstition Freeway through East Valley).
4) State Route 51 (Squaw Peak Parkway to Northeast Valley).
5) Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway provides a beltway through East Valley).
6) Loop 101 (Provides a beltway around major quadrants of the Valley).
7) Loop 303 (Phoenix bypass from I-10 to SR 74).
8) State Highway 87 (Beeline Highway links East Valley with Fountain Hills).
|Arizona Department of Transportation||General Inquiries||602-712-7355||www.azdot.gov|
|Arizona Roadway Conditions||Dial||511||www.az511.com|
|Valley Metro Public Transit||Info Line
Options include a network of fixed-route buses or car/van pools that enjoy “express” HOV lanes on freeways, local shuttles, and park-and-ride lots.
|Valley Metro Rail||Updates||602-253-5000||www.valleymetro.org/METRO_light_rail|
Call or visit online for the latest information on the new light-rail system connecting Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, and Mesa.
|Phoenix/Paradise Valley/Southwest Valley||-
|Greyhound Bus Line||602-389-4200||www.greyhound.com|
|Amtrak Passenger Rail||800-872-7245||www.amtrak.com|
MOTOR VEHICLE INFORMATION
As soon as state residency is established, a new resident is required to obtain an Arizona driver’s license. No grace period applies. Visit the nearest licensing office and bring all pertinent documents, including legal proof of age and identity. Newcomers must pass the vision test, although the written test and practical road test are usually waived.
Inform the Motor Vehicle Division employee that you have a valid out-of-state license to speed up service and avoid any delays. License fees are based on your age. While there remember to get your Arizona voter registration form as well.
New residents are required to register and title all vehicles in Arizona. In addition to a nominal registration fee, you must pay Arizona motor vehicle taxes. This tax takes the place of a personal property tax on automobiles.
Unlike some states, Arizona requires that you complete any required emissions testing before registering your vehicle.
You must also obtain proof of Arizona vehicle insurance. Other required documents include your out-of-state license and social security card of other form of ID and proof of age if applicable. You will also need the vehicle title along with any lien release papers and the current vehicle registration.
For answers to specific questions on drivers licenses and vehicle registration in Arizona, contact the following office:
|ADOT Motor Vehicle Division||-
|MVD Office Locations||602-255-0072||www.azdot.gov/mvd|
New residents can obtain information about the location and hours for the nearest Motor Vehicle Office by entering their zip code into the automated telephone system.
Enjoy telephone or Internet convenience for a wide variety of MVD services.
Every vehicle in Arizona must be insured for bodily injury and property damage before it can be registered.
You will be required to submit proof of this coverage, including the name of your Arizona-licensed insurance company and policy number at the time of registration. For details on mandatory insurance in Arizona including minimum required coverage, contact:
|Arizona Department of Insurance||602-364-2499
New residents must complete any required emissions testing before registration. Simply bring the vehicle’s current out-of-state registration and/or title to the testing center. When testing is complete, you will receive paperwork that will be necessary at registration and titling.
Vehicles in the Phoenix metro area are tested every other year, although most vehicles of the newest five model years are exempt. After the initial testing for newly registered vehicles, renewal registration forms clearly state whether an emissions test is required.
Take your vehicle with appropriate documents and test fee to any vehicle emissions testing facility. The model year and engine type of your vehicle determines which type of test your vehicle needs to receive. For more information about obtaining an emissions test or answers to specific questions on testing, contact:
|Car Care Hotline||800-284-7748||www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/vei|
|Phoenix Test Stations||1520 E. Riverview Drive
4949 E. Madison
10210 N. 23rd Avenue
15439 N. 40th Street
5302 W. Roosevelt
|Chandler Test Stations||20 North Beck
2360 S. Airport Boulevard
|Glendale Test Stations||5850 W. Beverly Lane
7140 N. 110th Avenue
|Mesa Test Stations||1851 West 1st Avenue
4442 E. Ivy Street
|Scottsdale Test Station||8448 E. Evans|
|Surprise Test Station||13425 W. Westgate Drive|
Vehicle Safety Regulations
Arizona law requires drivers and front-seat passengers to use safety belts when they ride in a passenger vehicle on Arizona roadways. Each front seat occupant must have the lap and shoulder belt properly adjusted and fastened while the vehicle is in motion.
A fine will be issued to the driver for each passenger under 16 years of age that is occupying the front seat and is not wearing a seat belt. Children under five years of age and weighing less than 40 pounds must be placed in a properly secured, federally approved child safety seat. For complete information on vehicle safety, contact:
|Governor’s Office of Highway Safety||602-255-3216||www.azgohs.gov|
|Safe Kids Arizona||602-542-7340||www.azdhs.gov/phs/owch|