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Phoenix Public Transit and Region Promotes Social Distancing on Buseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1078Public Transit4/8/2020 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1078/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngPhoenix Public Transit and Region Promotes Social Distancing on Buses<div class="ExternalClass1DED07F4D44E4E9382EB1C9CF52D5B65"><html> <p> <strong>​</strong><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a><strong>​ </strong><br><span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"><em>U</em></span><span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"><em>se Translate button to read in another language​ </em></span></p><p>As a result of the continued impacts of COVID-19, the city of Phoenix Public Transit Department will reduce bus service beginning May 4. <a href="/newsroom/public-transit/1161" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information on service reductions. </p><p><strong>Effective Monday, April 13, Limited Seating on All Bus Routes </strong></p><p>Seating on all bus routes is limited in order to support social distancing measures between passengers. These measures were approved by the <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Local%20Emergency%20Declaration_Public%20Transit.pdf">Phoenix City Council</a> on April 6 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of all community members.  </p><p>Passenger limits will be as follows, with exceptions for wheelchair and mobility aid users as needed:</p><ul><li>Maximum of five (5) passengers on smaller neighborhood circulator vehicles (ALEX, MARY, SMART routes)</li><li>Maximum of ten (10) passengers on a regular 40-foot bus</li><li>Maximum of fifteen (15) passengers on a 60-foot articulated (bendy type) bus</li></ul><p>Should vehicle capacity be reached, bus operators may not allow additional boardings until additional capacity becomes available. In such cases, passengers may need to wait for the next bus. <br><br>The city of Phoenix and Valley Metro, who also operates bus services in the metro area, are coordinating a regional effort to further educate riders on social distancing while on board public transportation. The signage that will be added to buses will be consistent for passengers across this region.<br><br>Passengers are encouraged to plan additional travel time, as these measures may impact their trip. </p><p>Passengers are also reminded to use public transit only for necessary trips. We ask everyone to continue to practice social distancing while riding, including:</p><ul><li>boarding using the rear doors, </li><li>visually showing fare to the driver, </li><li>staying at least six feet apart while waiting at bus stops and </li><li>in accordance with CDC guidance, wearing a cloth mask covering their nose and mouth. </li></ul><p>Recognizing there is currently a lower demand, public transit is nonetheless a critical service for many essential service workers in our communities. We are working to ensure that those who depend on transit are able to continue using our system and get to their destinations safely.<br><br>We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these times. <br><strong></strong></p><strong><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Light Rail Schedule Adjustments </strong><strong>Effective April 11, 2020 Until Further Notice </strong><br>Beginning Saturday, April 11, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19">light rail </a>will be on the same schedule Monday-Saturday, 15-minute frequency 4 a.m-6 p.m. with no late night service on Friday and Saturday. Sunday service will remain the same. Local bus, circulators, and paratransit continue to operate on regular schedules.<br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><strong>Express and RAPID Bus Service Schedules Reduced Due to COVID-19 <strong>Effective April 6, 2020 Until Further Notice </strong></strong></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>Express and RAPID commuter bus route schedules will continuie to operate on a reduced schedule, and will operate fewer trips each weekday morning and evening. Riders should check <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19">valleymetro.org</a> for trip planning. This is a proactive step to maintain local bus route service for those who fully rely on public transit for critical trips.<br><br>There has been less demand for commuter trips, and we are reallocating our skilled workforce of operators, supervisors and maintenance workers to focus on our local bus routes at this time. <br><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Phoenix Transit Centers Effective March 23, 2020 Until Further Notice </strong><br>Customer service windows at the following Phoenix transit centers will remain closed until further notice: </p><ul><li>Central Station (Central Avenue and Van Buren Street)</li><li>Ed Pastor (Central Avenue and Broadway Road)</li><li>Sunnyslope (3rd Street and Dunlap Avenue)</li><li>Metrocenter (Metrocenter Mall)</li></ul><p>Various options for purchasing fares remain available to passengers, such as ticket vending machines located throughout light rail platforms, at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/where-to-buy">participating retailers</a> or <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/online-fare-purchase">online</a>.<br><br>For an appointment to reclaim lost and found items, please call (602) 534-5053 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.<br><br>Access to Public Transit Department offices at 302 N. First Ave. including the Business and Workforce Development Center (across from Central Station), will be by appointment only. To make an appointment with Public Transit, email pubtrans@phoenix.gov, or call (602) 262-7242. <br><br>To make an appointment at the Workforce Development Center email phoenix.business.center@phoenix.gov, or call 602-256-3147.</p><p>For general transit-related information, please contact Valley Metro customer service at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/valley-metro-customer-service-during-covid-19">valleymetro.org</a> or call (602) 253-5000 or TTY (602) 251-2039 between 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays or 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays or you can email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:csr@valleymetro.org">csr@valleymetro.org</a>. <br></p><p>Click here to view <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Local%20Emergency%20Declaration_Public%20Transit.pdf"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Local Emergency Declaration</a>. <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>We will continue to update riders and community members on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/our-response-coronavirus"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">valleymetro.org</font></span></a> and social media. Twitter: @valleymetro @PhoenixMetroBus<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience and stay safe. <br></p><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services​</strong></a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Face Coverings on Public Transit Now a Federal Mandatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1740Public Transit2/2/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1740/Public_Transit_Newsroom_38.jpgFace Coverings on Public Transit Now a Federal Mandate<div class="ExternalClass0BA87A8CC8594369B5E5B06241B18FA1"><html> <p>​On Jan. 21, 2021, President Biden issued an <strong>executive order requiring mask wearing on all modes of public transportation</strong> including intercity buses and trains. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order which requires people to wear masks while on all public transportation and conveyances (trains, airplanes, ferries, etc.) and at transportation hubs. <br></p> <p>On Jan. 31, the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/releases/2021/01/31/tsa-implement-executive-order-regarding-face-masks-airport-security" target="_blank">Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a security directive</a> to implement President Biden’s Executive Order and support enforcement of the CDC’s Order with an effective start date of Feb. 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST.</p> <p>Since June 20, 2020, Phoenix Public Transit passengers have been required to wear face coverings in conjunction with local and regional declarations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This federal mandate takes precedence over previously enacted local actions.</p> <p> <strong>Riders are urged to plan ahead</strong> and bring their own face coverings before boarding any public transit. Riders also are required to properly wear the face covering according to <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html" target="_blank">CDC guidelines </a>for their entire trip, including covering the face and nose. </p> <p>To assist transit passengers that do not have a face mask, Phoenix Public Transit will continue to provide<strong> free face coverings</strong> (as supplies allow) for riders at the following transit centers and libraries:<br></p> <p>• Transit Centers: Central Station, Ed Pastor, Metrocenter and Sunnyslope</p> <p>• Libraries: Burton Barr, Cesar Chavez, Desert Sage, Harmon, Palo Verde, Saguaro, Yucca</p> <p>The face-covering requirement applies to all people two years of age and older, on any public transit vehicle or at any public transit facility, including waiting areas and bus and light rail stops. Guidance from the CDC instructs public transit personnel to use best efforts to ensure that every person wears a mask when boarding, disembarking and for the duration of travel. Best efforts include:</p> <p>• Boarding only those persons who wear masks;</p> <p>• Instructing people that federal law requires wearing a mask on public transit and failure to comply constitutes a violation of federal law;</p> <p>• Monitoring persons onboard for anyone who is not wearing a mask;</p> <p>• At the earliest opportunity, disembarking any person who refuses to comply; and </p> <p>• Providing people with adequate notice to facilitate awareness and compliance of the requirement of the order to wear a mask.</p> <p>Read the detailed information on the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/21/executive-order-promoting-covid-19-safety-in-domestic-and-international-travel/" target="_blank">President’s Order</a> and the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html" target="_blank">CDC’s Order</a>, including definitions and instructions on wearing masks. </p> <p>For the latest service information and COVID-19 public transit preventative measures, visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/news/service-impacts-due-covid-19" target="_blank">valleymetro.org</a> and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">@PhoenixMetroBus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">@valleymetro</a> on Twitter. </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 <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 (T2050)</a> - 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 <a href="/publictransit" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Twitter​</a> for the latest news.</p> <div> <br> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Light Rail Temporary Schedule Change and Station Closureshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1724Public Transit1/27/2021 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1724/Public_Transit_Newsroom_37.jpgLight Rail Temporary Schedule Change and Station Closures<div class="ExternalClass41517F4E18B747A68AEB065BF5E45F01"><html> <p> Construction continues on the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/scedh-business-assistance-program" target="_blank">South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project</a>. Later this month, crews will build new track connections for the Downtown Hub. To complete the work safely, certain areas of the light rail system will not be available to riders. <br> </p> <p> February 13-26 work occurs at the intersections of 5th Street and Washington and Central Avenue and McKinley. Both eastbound and westbound trains will alternate travel on a single track in downtown Phoenix.  </p> <p> Riders can board and de-board east- and westbound trains at  </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Van Buren/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> Jefferson/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> 3rd St/Jefferson </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> The following platforms will be closed </p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span> </div> <div> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li><p> ​Van Buren/Central Ave </p></li> <li><p>Washington/Central Ave</p></li> <li><p>3rd St/Washington</p></li> </ul> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"></span> </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> March 13-26 work occurs at the intersections of 5th Street and Jefferson and 1st Avenue and McKinley. Both eastbound and westbound trains will alternate travel on a single track in downtown Phoenix. </p> </div> <p> Riders can board and de-board east- and westbound trains at:  </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Van Buren/Central Ave </p></li> <li><p> Washington/Central Ave </p></li> <li><p> 3rd St/Jefferson </p></li> </ul> </div> <p> The following platforms will be closed:  </p> <div> <ul> <li><p> Van Buren/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> Jefferson/1st Ave </p></li> <li><p> 3rd St/Jefferson <br></p></li> </ul> </div> <p> Because of this work, on February 13-26 and March 13-26, all light rail trains are estimated to arrive at platforms every 30 minutes during the entire service day. Typically, light rail service operates every 15 minutes on weekdays during peak hours, so riders are being asked to plan ahead to ensure timely arrivals at their destinations.  <br></p> <p> View the schedule that will be in effect during these two-week periods at <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/pardon-our-progress#light-rail-single-tracking" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/pardonourprogress​</a>. <br></p> <p> The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project team developed this work plan based on safety, ability to maintain traffic, construction scheduling and most importantly, minimizing impacts to riders.  ​​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Receives $530 Million Federal Granthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1702Public Transit1/12/2021 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1702/Public_Transit_Newsroom_36.jpgSouth Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub Receives $530 Million Federal Grant<div class="ExternalClassEF81805682EA418B8E26C6EB608B62AF"><html> <p>​​​The Federal Transit Administration announced a $529.8 million federal grant agreement for the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project on Jan. 6. These funds make up nearly 40 percent of the total project cost and show the federal government’s support of the extension.</p><p>In addition to​ 5.5 miles of new track, this project also includes the construction of a Downtown Hub which will create a two-line light rail system and provide support for major events in the region, such as Super Bowl LVII in 2023. It also represents reinvestment in the entire corridor and community with upgraded utilities, sidewalks, landscaping, local art and mobility being enhanced as part of the project.<br></p><p>Learn more about the project and celebrate the virtual grant-signing by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7ueDEyT-FE" target="_blank">viewing this video</a>. ​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p><strong>About Valley Metro</strong>: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers  alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors  from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following Valley Metro on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/?hl=en" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ValleyMetro" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or by visiting <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org​</a>.<br><br></p><p><strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050 page</a>​ or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro​ ​</a>on Twitter.<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal Transit Administration Allocates $49.5 Million to Northwest Extension Phase II Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1694Public Transit1/7/2021 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1694/Public_Transit_Newsroom_35.jpgFederal Transit Administration Allocates $49.5 Million to Northwest Extension Phase II Project<div class="ExternalClassEDC73F522DEE4CB88CF52D9CFB87B51A"><html> <p>Project includes new light rail bridge across I-17 and first elevated station<br></p> <p>The Federal Transit Administration announced the second allocation of grant funding for the Northwest Extension Phase II rail project. In addition to its <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-transportation-secretary-elaine-l-chao-announces-400-million-federal-funding" target="_blank">first allocation</a>, the project has now been allocated a total of $100 million in federal Capital Investment Grant (CIG) funds.<br></p> <p>Construction on the extension, which will include the system’s first elevated station, began in August 2020. </p> <p>In addition to a new transit center for light rail and bus service at Metrocenter, the extension also includes a rail-only bridge over the I-17 and two new stations. The community will also enjoy seven public art installations along the extension and updated landscaping, including more than 200 new trees.</p> <p>Find out more about the project and hear from local officials by <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLC5UeE-Ch8" target="_blank">clicking here</a> (YouTube link).<br></p> <p> <strong>About Valley Metro:</strong> Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers  alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors  from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following Valley Metro on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/">Facebook</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/?hl=en">Instagram</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ValleyMetro">YouTube</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">Twitter</a> or by visiting <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org​</a>.</p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">T2050 page​</a> or follow <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">Valley Metro​</a> on Twitter.</p> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Major Phoenix Transportation 2050 Improvements Continue https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1668Public Transit12/18/2020 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1668/Public_Transit_Newsroom_34.jpgMajor Phoenix Transportation 2050 Improvements Continue <div class="ExternalClassB61E6DED6C1E459D8A8499D195306ED2"><html> <p>​​<strong>Accomplishments in the 2020 Annual Report Highlight 5 Years of Work </strong></p><p>Happy 5-year anniversary to the Transportation 2050 program! January, 1, 2021 marks 5 years since Proposition 104 (Transportation 2050 or T2050)​​, a 0.7 percent sales tax,​ became effective. T2050 ​​expands investment in transit and street improvements​ lasting 35 years through 2050.<br></p><p>With the start of the 5-year commemoration, the city of Phoenix recently released the fourth annual <a target="_blank" href="/streetssite/Documents/T2050AnnualProgressReport%20_FY2020_EnglishInteractive.pdf">Transportation 2050 (T2050) progress report</a> and more is to come, so stay tuned! The report highlights the T2050 programs and projects accomplished and underway during fiscal year (FY) 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) and a financial summary of T2050 sales tax revenues. The report ensures transparency and accountability in the delivery of T2050-funded programs and projects.</p><p>The report is available in English and Spanish at <a target="_blank" href="/T2050/Progress">phoenix.gov/t2050/progress ​</a>and ​<a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">T2050.o​rg</a>.</p><p>Major highlights from the FY 2020 report include:</p><p>• Since the T2050 program began on Jan. 1, 2016, 257 shade structures (bus stop shelters) have been installed, with another 400 planned to be installed by the end of FY 2025.</p><p>• Since T2050’s inception, 359 new buses and 97 new Dial-a-Ride vehicles have been added to the Phoenix fleet. In FY 2020, 61 new buses, three circulator buses, and 25 Dial-a-Ride vehicles were purchased.</p><p>• The Public Transit Department continues providing transportation for essential workers every day throughout the pandemic.</p><p>• High Capacity Transit continues to make progress with virtual public meetings on the Capitol/I-10 West Light Rail Extension, early construction activities and public meetings for the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub and public outreach on potential corridors and networks for the Bus Rapid Transit program.</p><p>• The Street Transportation Department reported Phoenix’s most successful paving season to date. On Dec. 3, 2019 the department celebrated the completion of 296 miles of mill and overlay treatment and 686 miles of other pavement treatments.</p><p>• Phoenix installed 181.5 miles of new bicycle lanes since the inception of T2050, with 40.4 miles installed in FY 2020. The city also earned a bronze designation from the League of American Bicyclists for its commitment to improving bicycling conditions.</p><p><strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved T2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. </p><p>For more information, visit the <a target="_blank" href="/T2050">T2050 site​</a> or <a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">microsite</a> and follow <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX">Phoenix Street Transportatio</a>n and<a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro"> Valley Metro</a> on Twitter.</p><p> </p><p>Media Contacts</p><p>Public Transit: Brenda Yanez, brenda.yanez@phoenix.gov, 602-571-5895</p><p>Street Transportation: Ashley Patton, ashley.patton@phoenix.gov, 602-292-3704</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal Transit Administration Intends to Award $530 Million Grant for Light Rail Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1655Public Transit12/7/2020 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1655/Public_Transit_Newsroom_33.jpgFederal Transit Administration Intends to Award $530 Million Grant for Light Rail Project<div class="ExternalClassFF4FADA2FA814CA0AE38C843A647B1E9"><html> <p> The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Friday announced its intent to award $528,830,295 for the construction of the 5.5-mile South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, connecting South Phoenix to the regional light rail system. </p><p> </p> <p>These funds constitute nearly 40 percent of the total project cost and follow two prior allocations that have contributed to the full grant amount. This announcement signifies the final step before the Full Funding Grant Agreement is signed, which is anticipated in January 2021. </p> <p>“It is thrilling to see this grant agreement, which comes at a time when investment could not be more important,” said Phoenix Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Vice Chair Kate Gallego. “We have been working towards this day for years and it is a personal passion for me because of the economic development, business, education and community connections that light rail can deliver.”</p> <p>In addition to 5.5 miles of new track, the project also includes the construction of a Downtown Hub which will create a two-line light rail system and provide support for major events in the region, such as Super Bowl LVII in 2023. It also represents reinvestment in the entire corridor and community with upgraded utilities, sidewalks, landscaping, local art and mobility being enhanced as part of the project.</p> <p>“We are grateful for the federal government’s continued support of public transportation in Maricopa County,” said Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith. “We are proud of our relationship with the U.S. Department of Transportation and FTA and look forward to delivering a project that will honor the life and work of the Honorable Ed Pastor.”</p> <p>Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly also praised the grant, recognizing the potential for new jobs and economic opportunities.</p> <p>“Today’s funding announcement of the South Central Light Rail Extension will create jobs, expand transportation options and grow Arizona’s economy,” said Senator Sinema.<br></p> <p>“This is a significant investment in South Phoenix and the entire Valley. By connecting South Phoenix with the rest of the Valley Metro light rail, this project will give folks a reliable transportation option and increase economic opportunity.” said Senator Kelly. </p><p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong>About South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project</strong>: With the voter-approved <a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">Transportation 2050 citywide transportation plan</a>, the timeline for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub">South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub</a>  is advanced by 11 years. The extension will connect to the light rail system in downtown Phoenix and travel south to Baseline Road. With eight new stations and art elements, the 5.5-mile expansion links South Phoenix to other areas of the Valley. The project includes a transit hub in downtown Phoenix, which supports improved access to education, entertainment and employment centers around the Valley. Valley Metro is collaborating with 18 artists to design art installations throughout the extension. <br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p><p><strong>About Valley Metro</strong>: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers  alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following Valley Metro on  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/?hl=en" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ValleyMetro" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro?lang=en" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or by visiting <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org​</a>.<br></p><div><br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Bus Rapid Transit Continues Engaging the Community https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1594Public Transit10/29/2020 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1594/Public_Transit_Newsroom_32.jpgPhoenix Bus Rapid Transit Continues Engaging the Community <div class="ExternalClass78833A891B6A45878B7672492ECC1F83"><html> <p>​​​​Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is coming to Phoenix, and the public is invited to attend virtual public meetings to learn more about the program and provide input on potential BRT corridors.</p> <p>BRT is a high-capacity transit service currently being developed in Phoenix that focuses on improved speed, reliability and convenience.  It was included in the voter-approved Transportation 2050 (T2050) program in 2015.</p> <p>For any community members that missed the public outreach thus far (ongoing since Spring 2020), these additional virtual meetings offer opportunities to learn about the program, where it could go, and what amenities it could have.</p> <p>Meeting dates and times are below. For details and to request reasonable accommodation, visit <a href="/publictransit/brt" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/brt​</a>. The BRT page houses a host of information including video content and a survey that can be filled out at any time.</p> <p>Each meeting, one in English and the other in Spanish, will be hosted by the city of Phoenix and will offer the same materials and information. You can participate online or call in via phone.<br></p> <p> <strong>Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  (English)</strong> </p> <p>1. Online</p> <p>Copy and paste link into browser bit.ly/PHXBRTMTG-EN </p> <p>Meeting Number (Access Code): 146 526 4543<br></p> <p>Password: PHXBRT2020</p> <p>2. Call-in-IN</p> <p>Call: 408-418-9388</p> <p>Meeting Number (Access Code): 146 526 4543</p> <p> <strong>Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Spanish)</strong> </p> <p>1. Online<br></p> <p>Copy and paste link into browser bit.ly/PHXBRTMTG-SP<br></p> <p>Meeting Number (Access Code): 146 075 8728</p> <p>Password: PHXBRT2020</p> <p>2. Call-in</p> <p>Call: 408-418-9388</p> <p>Meeting Number (Access Code):146 075 8728<br>​<br></p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved T2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations, and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. </p> <p>For more information, visit the <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050 site </a>or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro​</a> on Twitter.<br></p> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit

 

 

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