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Phoenix transportation plan outreach receives recognitionPhoenix transportation plan outreach receives recognition<div class="ExternalClass8DFE6FA9D0E14294A37F7D1AA654F6D3"><p>​The city of Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation departments, along with Arizona State University, received an AzTA/ADOT Excellence Award for Outstanding Transit Innovation at the 29th annual Arizona Transit Conference.</p><p>The award recognizes the innovative approach Phoenix and ASU used to get feedback from the public about the city's transportation needs, which was then used to create the 35-year plan titled Transportation 2050 (T2050).</p><p>"This recognition shows that our process for creating Transportation 2050 was transparent and focused on the needs of the public we serve," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "We wanted to hear from as many residents as we could, we made it easy and accessible, and that feedback made it a much stronger plan."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to the Arizona Transit Association, the Outstanding Transit Innovation award recognizes innovative program creation, development, management and/or delivery for public transportation service, existing or new public transportation program or system, or transit resources.  </p><p>"It was absolutely essential to go the extra mile to develop a transportation plan that represented all of Phoenix's residents and their transit and street needs," said Phoenix Public Transit Director Maria Hyatt. "To receive an award is further validation that shows Phoenix's continued development in our approach to gathering public input for this plan." </p><p>The city and ASU collaborated on a workshop for the committee who created the plan, as well as survey questions used during outreach via online polls and open forums, traditional face-to-face presentations at community fairs and meetings and through a consistent social media push. In the end there were more than 3,000 comments collected via talktransportation.org and at public meetings.</p><p>Public input helped create the $31.5 billion transportation plan, which not only addresses transit improvements, but also streets, including paving projects, new lighting and bike lanes.</p><p>"Transportation 2050 was crafted through a collaborative effort with Phoenix residents and poises Phoenix with one of the most comprehensive plans in the country to address our city's long-term transportation needs; including that of our aging street infrastructure" said Street Transportation Director Ray Dovalina.</p><p>The result of the outreach led to a plan directly created through public input, and ultimately approved by a majority of voters at the polls in August 2015.</p><p>To learn more about T2050, please visit phoenix.gov/publictransit.</p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Department:</strong></p><p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department provides Phoenix residents a variety of transit options and is the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system. Services range from local and commuter buses to alternative transportation for senior citizens and special needs. The city of Phoenix funds transit, and other transportation improvements, through Transportation 2050 (T2050) - a local sales tax approved by Phoenix voters in 2015 – as well as county and federal funds. T2050 allows for enhanced bus service, transit-related technology improvements and fare media upgrades under the leadership of the Citizens Transportation Commission. Visit us at phoenix.gov/publictransit or follow us on Twitter for the latest news.</p></div>4/14/2016 7:00:00 AMLars Jacoby, 602-261-8254; Brenda Yanez, 602-261-8392Public Transit Department, 602-262-7242