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T2050's First-Year Moves Phoenix Transportation ForwardT2050's First-Year Moves Phoenix Transportation Forward<div class="ExternalClassD752B47942C845F7B3ACBA790AF9B0C0"><p>Phoenix is putting your transportation plan to work – fast.</p><p>It has been one year since the voter-approved Phoenix <a href="/t2050"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Transportation 2050</span></a> plan (T2050) went into effect and already it has significantly improved the city's transportation scene.</p><p>Many streets across Phoenix show signs of progress and transit users are doing more thanks to the newly implemented service enhancements.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://bit.ly/2iKsYow"><img src="/streetssite/MediaAssets/Press%20Release%20Photos/T2050%20Major%20Highlights.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:544px;height:203px;vertical-align:middle;float:none;" /></a> </p><p>"With the Transportation 2050 plan Phoenix residents made a long-term investment in ourselves and our economy, and it's already starting to pay off," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "Expanded bus hours, improved Dial-a-Ride service and extensive street repairs have already made it easier for residents to get to work, school or important appointments throughout the city." </p><p>The 35-year T2050 plan was approved by Phoenix voters in August 2015 and is funded in part by a 7/10ths of a cent sales tax which went into effect Jan. 1, 2016. T2050 has already expanded bus service, sped up plans for light rail construction and improved Phoenix's streets. </p><p>"The value of the voter-approved T2050 plan is tremendous. Over the past year, we made improvements in our streets, bus, light rail and Dial-A-Ride service, and we continue to add more," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams who chairs the City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Transportation infrastructure benefits all of our residents and serves as a vital economic-development tool to attract and retain employees."  </p><p><strong>Public Transit Accomplishments</strong><strong> </strong></p><p>This was a great year for Phoenix transit users, with bus and Dial-a-Ride riders receiving many of the immediate benefits. Here's a look at what the Public Transit Department has accomplished under year one of T2050.</p><ul><li>Implemented Route 32, which services 32nd Street from Camelback Road to the light rail station at 44th and Washington streets</li><li>Improved Dial-a-Ride (DAR) with a new transfer-free feature that allows users to travel beyond Phoenix's borders without having to transfer to another city's DAR service.</li><li>Commenced design on a new light rail station to be built at 50th and Washington streets, near <a href="http://ability360.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ability 360</span></a>, a disability resource center in the area.</li><li>Began $17 million in improvements to local bus and DAR service on Oct. 24. The citywide service improvements included:</li><ul><li>Extended service day by three hours, seven days a week, matching light rail hours Monday to Thursday.</li><li>Increased frequency on Phoenix bus routes to 30 minutes or less.</li></ul><li>Procured contract for new Computer Aided Dispatch/Automated Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL) system in November. The new system replaces aging intelligent transportation systems currently installed in the entire Valley Metro bus fleet.</li><li> T2050 allowed the development of the South Central Light Rail Extension to accelerate more than a decade. In 2015 the project received a $2 million federal grant to assist during the planning phase and this past September was submitted for inclusion into the president's budget.</li></ul><p><strong>Street Program Accomplishments</strong></p><p>T2050 significantly helped the city's 2016 street improvement and maintenance budget.</p><p>Here's a quick breakdown of how T2050 boosted street funds:</p><ul><li>The existing street maintenance program (funded through the Arizona Highway User Revenue/Gas tax) received an additional $11.3 million from T2050.</li><li>Capital funds received $9.7 million (added to the existing $3 million). </li></ul><p>These T2050 funds allowed the Street Transportation Department to begin addressing the city's overdue capital and maintenance needs. Check out what we've done so far with T2050 funding:</p><ul><li>Quadrupled the number of street miles in the 2016 street pavement preservation program.</li><li>Had our busiest paving season ever including more than 250 miles of pavement preservation - of these more than 75 miles are T2050 funded.</li><li>Prior to repaving streets replaced damaged and degraded curb and gutter and repaired sidewalks, where required, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In short, the increase in pavement maintenance projects provides earlier and better mobility options to persons with disabilities.  </li><li>Installed more than 55 bicycle-lane miles of which 6.5 lane miles used T2050 funding.</li><li>Began a two-year effort to replace 3,000 damaged street name signs at major intersections with new illuminated street signs greatly improving visibility and legibility. The new illuminated street name signs are being upgraded to include internal light-emitting diode (LED) lighting to reduce energy consumption and provide longer life between lamp replacements.</li><li>Began a 10-year initiative to repaint all of the city's traffic signal poles at major intersections. </li></ul><p><strong>What's Next?</strong></p><p>2017 is another exciting year for both Streets and Transit, as both have many projects that either have been reviewed by the <a href="/T2050/Commission"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Citizens Transportation Commission</span></a> (CTC), or will be reviewed. The CTC is a 15-member commission appointed by the mayor and Council, to review appropriations and make recommendations to the City Council regarding Public Transit and Street Transportation department projects that are funded by T2050.</p><p>The Street Transportation Department plans to add left-turn arrows at up to 35 major intersections, over the next five years, to improve traffic flows and roadway safety throughout Phoenix. </p><p>With a $14.1 million boost from T2050 funding the anticipated number of miles that will be included in next year's pavement preservation program will be even higher than the number in 2016.</p><p>During 2017 staff will continue to work with the CTC to prioritize the $240 million that is planned for major street infrastructure improvements, such as new bridge and road projects.</p><p>Public Transit has a busy 2017 planned as well.</p><p>First up, council will consider proposed April service changes, in which service hours are extended Friday, Saturday and Sunday to complete matching light rail hours seven days a week.</p><p>In addition, the groundbreaking for the 50th Street light rail station takes place in early 2017, followed by plans to start constructing shade structures at transit stops throughout Phoenix. Over the next five years, Transit plans to build over 200 new shade structures for bus riders during hotter months.</p><p><strong>MEDIA RESOURCES:</strong></p><p>T2050 First Year Accomplishments <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQT5I5ZrKo"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Video</span></a> / <a href="http://bit.ly/2iKsYow"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Infographic</span></a></p><p>For more information about Transportation 2050, visit the program webpage at <a href="/T2050"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">phoenix.gov/T2050</span></a>.         </p></div>1/9/2017 7:00:00 AMStreets: 602-262-6284, Public Transit: 602-261-8254602-262-6284