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Phoenix Transportation 2050 Plan Earns USCM ‘Livability’ Award Phoenix Transportation 2050 Plan Earns USCM ‘Livability’ Award <div class="ExternalClass62AAFAA50A7141B0AA45E787F8B75D42"><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/T2050"><img src="/publictransitsite/MediaAssets/T2050%20logo%20for%20web.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:375px;height:90px;vertical-align:middle;" /></a><br></p><p>PHOENIX – Mayor Greg Stanton and the City of Phoenix have been awarded an Outstanding Achievement Large City 2017 City Livability Award at the 2017 City Livability Awards Program during the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors' 85<sup>th</sup> Annual Meeting.</p><p>The award recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities, focusing on the leadership, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by the mayors.  This year's winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of over 150 applicants. </p><p>The city of Phoenix was recognized for the work surrounding the <a href="/T2050">Phoenix Transportation 2050 Plan (T2050)</a>, a $31.5 billion, 35-year comprehensive plan to improve existing transit services, such as local bus and Dial-a-Ride, expand high-capacity transit with light rail and bus rapid transit, as well as bolster street improvements. This plan makes Phoenix a more mobile and livable city by providing connections to diverse destinations across the metro area.</p><p>"I'm particularly proud of this recognition because it showcases what's best about our city," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "For months we worked with residents across our community to develop their vision of a more connected, more livable, more walkable and more bikeable Phoenix -- with truly sustainable transit options. Thanks to our voters that vision is becoming a reality." </p><p>In addition to Phoenix's award, Outstanding Achievement Awards were given to four other cities with populations of 100,000 or more:</p><p>Irvine (CA), Gresham (OR), Pembroke Pines (FL), Port St. Lucie (FL) -- and five cities with populations of less than 100,000 — Aguadilla (PR), Doral (FL), Dubuque (IA), East Orange (NJ) and Greenville (MS).</p><p>"Our City Livability Awards Program gives us the chance to express our pride in cities' mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable," said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the Conference of Mayors.  "We are grateful to Waste Management for its many years of support for the City Livability Awards Program, and for the opportunity to showcase the innovation and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country."<strong>  </strong></p><p>This is the 38<sup>th </sup>year in which cities have competed for the award, which is sponsored by the Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, Inc., the nation's largest environmental solutions provider. </p><p>For program descriptions for the Outstanding Achievement and Honorable Mention award programs please go to: <a href="https://www.usmayors.org/city-livability/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">https://www.usmayors.org/city-livability/</span></a></p></div>6/30/2017 7:00:00 AMRobbie Sherwood, 480-246-7944