Tempe is the hub of the metropolitan Phoenix area, located in central Maricopa County adjacent to the cities of Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Phoenix. Its strategic location is a boon to both businesses and residents who have convenient access to all areas of the Valley of the Sun, as well as major cities throughout the Southwest. Ten minutes away from the city is Sky Harbor International Airport, the hub of US Airways, whose corporate headquarters are located in Tempe.
Tempe is surrounded by four freeways – Interstate 10, Loop 202 (Red Mountain), U.S. 60 (Superstition Freeway) and Loop 101. Tempe business firms and manufacturers have access to two railways and dozens of motor freight carriers that serve the Phoenix area.
METRO light rail offers Valley residents and visitors a fast, convenient, economical and environmentally friendly addition to the city’s transit system. Light rail runs through the heart of Tempe, showcasing its growth, business opportunities and attractions to a whole new audience. With trains running frequently, the 20-mile light rail line creates a seamless connection between Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, including 5.5 miles through Tempe, serving employment, activity and cultural centers, downtown Tempe, ASU and Apache Boulevard. The city’s bus system offers numerous connections to light rail, making mass transit a viable option in Tempe.
TIM (Tempe In Motion) provides public transportation throughout the city seven days a week, and bus service in Tempe operates on most major streets and runs every 15 to 20 minutes during rush hour Monday through Friday. Most routes run until midnight Monday through Saturday, and through 10 p.m. on Sunday.
The FLASH (Free Local Area Shuttle) circulates throughout downtown and the Arizona State University campus. The Orbit neighborhood circulator service is a free public system that uses mini-buses to serve residential areas and connect them to local destinations such as downtown Tempe, ASU, shopping areas, other neighborhoods, major bus and light rail routes, schools and multi-generational centers.