‘Three Times Around the World’

City and Convention Organizers Plan to Move Thousands around Phoenix

PHOENIX — July 31, 2019 — Buses logging seventy-five thousand miles in 10 days – that’s just one staggering statistic in a comprehensive plan to move nearly 40,000 convention delegates around the City of Phoenix over the next two weeks. It’s all part of a massive effort to host 5,000 international delegates from 41 countries along with nearly 35,000 local attendees who will be attending the “Love Never Fails” International Convention at Chase Field August 9-11. The Chase Field event is part of a global convention series of 24 spanning six continents.

“Simply moving the delegates around the city and to Chase field is a huge undertaking,” says convention transportation coordinator Jesse McDonald of El Mirage. “In just 10 days, buses and shuttles will log nearly 75,000 miles. That’s equivalent to three times around the World!”

For more than two years city officials and convention organizers have collaborated on a plan to help move delegates around the city while lessening the impact on traffic congestion. “It takes years of coordination and planning, with close cooperation between city officials and our team,” said Timothy Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Thanks to the plan, most convention attendees will make full use of chartered buses, light-rail, carpooling and walking.”

City police will help direct traffic around Chase Field while City of Phoenix Ambassadors will be handing out water to ensure that all walking to the stadium stay hydrated. And Valley Metro plans to increase the number of trains in use to accommodate the influx of 30,000+ metro trips for the week.  

But that’s not all.  Before and after the convention, thousands of international delegates will enjoy touring various sights in Arizona, requiring 47 tour buses each day to take them as far as the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Nearly 1,700 volunteers will staff the various buses around town. “Our goal is to move people safely and seamlessly,” said Watkins. “We are planning for the maximum positive impact on our delegates and a minimum negative impact on our neighbors in Phoenix.”

The convention is open to the public and free. No collections are ever taken. For more information, please contact Timothy Watkins at 267-980-5572 or Timwatkins.jw@gmail.com.

PICTURED ABOVE: Local volunteer Rich Ruiz of Gilbert trains as a Bus Captain before the arrival of international delegates to Phoenix

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