Phoenix Public Transit Receives Grant to Study New West Valley Transit Modehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2380Public Transit6/9/2022 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2380/Public_Transit_Newsroom_39.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Receives Grant to Study New West Valley Transit Mode<div class="ExternalClassD643DA18650A449C91224A490E56B135"><html> <p>The Federal Transit Administration announced the awards for the<a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/route-planning-restoration-program" target="_blank"> American Rescue Plan Route Planning Restoration Program grants</a> in June, and Phoenix Public Transit was awarded a grant total of $514,045. This funding will be used to conduct a west Phoenix High Capacity Transit (HCT) study.  The study will provide a recommendation for transit modes that specifically provide a higher level of rider capacity and efficiency. <br></p> <p>Today, Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the city council expressed their support for this grant to examine transit in that area. <br></p> <p>“Improving access, ease, equity, and efficiency of transit for the people of Phoenix is a priority for me, and this grant will better inform our efforts under <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 (T2050)</a>, a voter-approved local plan for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements,” says Mayor Kate Gallego. “It would combine with Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act grant opportunities and should escalate large and small T2050 transportation projects from plan to completion.”<br></p> <p>“This study will help pave the way for a greatly improved transit system in west Phoenix that connects our residents to better opportunities for education, employment and recreation,” notes Councilmember Betty Guardado.<br></p> <p>“Bringing more efficient and clean public transit to west Phoenix is long overdue. With booming population growth, we need a study that outlines how to best serve diverse communities,” Councilmember Yassamin Ansari adds. <br></p> <p>“Phoenix continues to head in the right direction by finding opportunities for high capacity transit options that support the riders who depend on public transit,” states Vice Mayor Laura Pastor. <br></p> <p>The study area will be focused on west Phoenix encompassing the Maryvale area from Central Avenue (on the east boundary) to 91st Avenue (on the west) and from McDowell Road (south) to Camelback Road (north).<br></p> <p>The goal is to evaluate multiple modes of transit, and how transit improvements will benefit all the surrounding communities. <br></p> <p>Background - In 2019, the Phoenix City Council took action to postpone the west Phoenix light rail extension, from 19th Avenue to 43rd Avenue along Camelback Road, until the end of the <a href="https://t2050.org/" target="_blank">Transportation 2050</a> program.  This grant provides an opportunity to accelerate transit planning in west Phoenix.<br></p> <p> <strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Department</strong>: 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="/t2050" 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> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Central Avenue at Salt River Bridge Closed June Weekendshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2371Public Transit6/6/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2371/Public_Transit_Newsroom_38.pngCentral Avenue at Salt River Bridge Closed June Weekends<div class="ExternalClass2B5A5359F2774F4A8A4A1CBD47165D47"><html> <p>​Construction crews are making progress on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/">South Central Extension/Downtown Hub</a> light rail project. In addition to 5.5 miles of new track and eight stations, the project also includes upgrades to existing infrastructure.<br></p> <p>Beginning Friday, June 10, crews will be reinforcing the Salt River Bridge to allow the historic bridge to support light rail trains when the extension opens in 2024.</p> <p>To complete the work, the bridge will be closed to motorists during June weekends:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li>10 p.m. Friday, June 10 – 5 a.m. Monday, June 13</li> <li>10 p.m. Friday, June 17 – 5 a.m. Monday, June 20</li> <li>10 p.m. Friday, June 24 – 5 a.m. Monday, June 27</li> </ul> <p>During these three weekends, Central Avenue will be closed south of Watkins Street to Rio Salado Scenic Drive. Motorists may use 7th Avenue or 7th Street to cross the Salt River. Additionally, all bus stops along Central Avenue between Buckeye and Broadway roads will be closed. <a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro-vulcan.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/projects/downloads/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/construction-notices/CB_20220603_Salt-River-Bridge-Work_Detour-Notice_English.pdf">View the closure notice and detour map here</a>.</p> <p>To stay updated on the latest construction information, download the <a target="_blank" href="https://drupal-space.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/s3fs-public/uploads/event-resources/construct_vm_app_qr_code_directions.pdf">Construct VM- South Central app</a> or visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/">valleymetro.org/southcentral​</a>.​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal Mask Mandate No Longer in Effect for Public Transit Ridershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1078Public Transit4/19/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1078/Public_Transit_Newsroom_37.jpgFederal Mask Mandate No Longer in Effect for Public Transit Riders<div class="ExternalClass7CDFCBA1AE5043BF82B045D07AC75178"><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></p><p>The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has lifted their federal mask mandate. Masks are optional and no longer required for riders or employees of the Valley Metro system. The CDC continues to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html">recommend masks in indoor public transportation settings</a>.<br></p><p><strong>Phoenix Public Transit Centers Continue to Offer Free Masks</strong></p><p>Customer service windows at the following Phoenix transit centers are open and have free masks for those who want them​:​<br></p><p>• Central Station (302 N 1st Ave., Suite 120, north side of the building)</p><p>• Ed Pastor (Central Avenue and Broadway Road)</p><p>• Sunnyslope (3rd Street and Dunlap Avenue)</p><p>• Metrocenter (Metrocenter Mall)<br></p><p>Riders also have the opportunity to get free face coverings at Phoenix public libraries.​<br></p><p>For an appointment to reclaim lost and found items, call (602) 534-5053 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. You may also pick up lost and found items at Central Station.<br></p><p>Access to Public Transit Department offices at 302 N. First Ave. including the Business and Workforce Development Center are by appointment only. To make an appointment with Public Transit, email pubtrans@phoenix.gov, or call (602) 262-7242.​<br></p><p>To make an appointment at the Workforce Development Center email phoenix.business.center@phoenix.gov, or call 602-256-3147.<br></p><p>For general transit-related information, contact Valley Metro customer service at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org</a> or call (602) 253-5000 or TTY (602) 251-2039 between 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturdays or 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays or you can email csr@valleymetro.org.<br></p><p>We continue updating riders and community members on valleymetro.org and social media. Twitter: <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">@valleymetro​</a> <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">@PhoenixMetroBus</a>​<br></p><p>Thank you for your patience and stay safe.​<br></p><div><br></div><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
Valley Metro and City of Phoenix Renew Light Rail Business Assistance Program https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2306Public Transit4/8/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2306/Public_Transit_Newsroom_48.jpgValley Metro and City of Phoenix Renew Light Rail Business Assistance Program <div class="ExternalClass3383CB24D2C144DAA7E3A4591F84753A"><html> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start">After a successful first year, the Small Business Financial Assistance Program (SBFAP) pilot will continue through 2024, which is the completion of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub and Northwest Extension Phase II light rail projects. In its first year, the SBFAP granted over $360,000 to 62 businesses impacted by construction.<br></span> </p> <p> As the program enters its second funding year, both new applicants and those who received funding previously are encouraged to apply. In order to allow additional businesses to qualify, two of the requirements have changed:<br></p> <p> -The annual revenue of a business must not exceed $750,000 (compared to $500,000 previously) </p> <p> -The business must have been in business prior to the start of light rail construction (compared to one year prior to construction previously).<br></p> <p> Businesses located adjacent to construction on Phoenix light rail projects can apply for up to $9,000 in direct financial assistance, depending on their eligibility. To view all eligibility requirements and apply, visit <a href="https://www.prestamosloans.org/valleymetro/" target="_blank">prestamosloans.org/valleymetro</a>. ​<br></p> <p> The program is funded through <a href="https://t2050.org/" target="_blank">Phoenix Transportation 2050​</a> and the Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation. Prestamos CDFI is the program administrator.<br></p> <p> In addition to the SBFAP, Valley Metro also offers a number of free business assistance programs, including social media promotion, community events, accounting and financial planning, marketing assistance and more.<br></p> <p> Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego understands that thriving local businesses are key to the city’s vibrant future – a future that includes a strong investment in public transit. “The extra income these grants offer can make an enormous difference in the lives of local business employers and employees during light rail construction,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “What originally started out as a pilot program has been so successful, it will continue through 2024.”<br></p> <p> “Thank you so much for the grant,” said Albert Bahram, Crazy Jim’s restaurant owner and grant recipient. “This really has made a big difference during a rough year.” <br><br></p> <p> “Small businesses are the heart of our community, and we will keep fighting for them,” said Phoenix Councilmember Carlos Garcia. “We hope that the extension of this program will ensure that businesses have additional support through this phase of construction.” <br><br></p> <p> ​​​​“With two years left of construction, I would like to ensure that we support our small businesses that are being impacted by light rail development,” said Phoenix Councilmember Yassamin Ansari. “From technical assistance to rent relief, these grants will allow businesses to build the cash buffer needed for a slower Phoenix summer. I encourage every business that hasn’t taken advantage of this opportunity to apply. My office is here to help.”​​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Public Transit Gathering Feedback on Proposed Service Changeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2156Public Transit12/1/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2156/Public_Transit_Newsroom_47.jpgPublic Transit Gathering Feedback on Proposed Service Changes<div class="ExternalClass2E05C955EE7F4ECAB03DD3D393B01BF9"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>Attention public transit riders! Share your thoughts by Dec. 5, 2021 on the proposed service changes for April 2022. Proposed changes include expanding service, increasing frequency and route modifications. </p> <p>• Route 128—Stapley Dr: Expand weekday service span to 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Improve Saturday and Sunday service span to 6 a.m.-9 p.m. and increase frequency to 30 minutes.</p> <p>• Avondale ZOOM: Modify route to run along 107th Ave. and Thomas Rd. instead of Lakeshore Dr. and 111th Ave. Change bus stop locations for rider convenience and efficiency.</p> <p>• Phoenix—MARY Circulator: Extend route along 59th Ave. to run clockwise around Estrella Village via Fillmore St. and Roosevelt St. </p> <p>• Scottsdale 68th St/Camelback Rd: Extend route along Camelback Rd. to provide service to Indian School Rd. between Miller Rd. and Hayden Rd.<br></p> <p>Give your comments on these proposed changes now through Dec. 5, 2021. Here are ways you can submit your feedback and view information: </p> <p>• Taking the online survey: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PA22WEB" target="_blank">surveymonkey.com/r/PA22WEB</a></p> <p>• Email: <a href="mailto:input@valleymetro.org?subject=April%20%2722%20proposed%20service%20changes" target="_blank">input@valleymetro.org</a><br></p> <p>• The public hearing for Proposed April 2022 Service Changes was on November 16, 2021. To view a recording of this meeting, please <a href="https://youtu.be/ud_Zo9Z-YSs" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p>• To view the Spanish translation of this meeting, <a href="https://youtu.be/iKFh4sNJLYc" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br></p> <p>For more information visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/service-changes/april-2021" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/service-changes/april-2021​</a>.<br></p> <div> <br> </div> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Federal and Local Leaders Celebrate Light Rail Fundinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2150Public Transit11/23/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2150/Public_Transit_Newsroom_46.jpgFederal and Local Leaders Celebrate Light Rail Funding<div class="ExternalClass54FA082EDE2441AFA7BB1609B7863679"><html> <p>Federal and local dignitaries gathered Friday, Nov. 19 to celebrate the signing of a $158 million full funding grant agreement for the Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II (NWEII). <br></p><p>The extension adds 1.6 miles of track, three stations and a multimodal transit center to the existing 28-mile light rail system. The event culminated an exciting week for transportation with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law on Monday. <br></p><p>“This extension is going to enable more people to enjoy safe, fast, frequent and reliable public transportation, and it’s an environmentally-friendly project,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “This connection will tie people to downtown, to Arizona State University and Sky Harbor International Airport—high-activity areas where there is job generation.”<br></p><p>Connecting from the existing end-of-line at 19th Avenue and Dunlap, the extension will provide greater transit access to Phoenix residents west of the I-17 thanks to a new rail-only bridge that will be built over the freeway and the first elevated station. It is expected to serve 5,700 riders each day.<br></p><p>“With the Northwest Extension Phase II, we see a community identifying transportation needs, developing smart solutions, standing up for its values and investing local dollars in these projects.” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Thanks to this project, communities will now have better and more affordable access to jobs, healthcare, services, downtown and everywhere that Valley Metro reaches.” ​<br></p><p>“The construction of this light rail connection will serve thousands of daily riders, opening up opportunities for folks to access education and good-paying jobs,” said U.S. Senator Mark Kelly. “That’s how we continue to make the Valley a great place to live and to work. Like the other infrastructure projects we will see in our state, it’s going to put folks back to work.”<br></p><p>“One of the things I’m most proud of from my time as mayor is asking voters to grow our economy with an expansion of light rail into new neighborhoods throughout the city,” said U.S. Representative Greg Stanton. “But even with voter approval, it cannot happen without federal investment. Making this extension a reality is a catalyst for economic and social transformation, connecting the Northwest Valley to economic opportunities, jobs, education, health care, social services and more––in this region and beyond.”<br></p><p>“This extension will power our economy, connecting new parts of the city to educational institutions, employment centers, and a vibrant offering of arts, culture, and sports,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Combined with support coming from President Biden’s new infrastructure plan, we will strengthen our multi-modal transit system, reduce greenhouse gasses, and speed towards our climate goals.”<br></p><p>“Transit plays a major role in serving our diverse community and the fastest-growing county in the United States,” said Valley Metro Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Francisco Heredia. “We will need all transit and transportation solutions on the table as we expect over a million more people to be coming to the Phoenix area in the next 10 years.”​<br></p><p>“Our system is relatively young—only 13 years old—but in that time, has changed our communities for the better,” s​aid Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith. “We have seen unprecedented mobility, development and change for the good. Northwest Extension Phase II has a huge impact because of where it is, crossing a boundary between central and west Phoenix, and ending at one of the most exciting and unique redevelopment efforts in the entire country.”  ​<br></p><p>The project’s total cost is $401 million, paid for by the federal Capital Investment Grant, Proposition 400 regional funds and city of Phoenix Transportation 2050 funds. Construction began in September 2020 and the extension is scheduled to begin operating in 2024.</p><p>For more photos of the event, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/valleymetro/albums/72157720177583457">visit ​​​the Valley Metro Flickr site</a>.<br></p><p>For more information on Phoenix light rail projects <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project">valleymetro.org/project​</a>.​<br><br></p><p><br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Light Rail Progress is on Trackhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2140Public Transit11/16/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2140/Public_Transit_Newsroom_45.jpghttps://youtu.be/43z7lhdD1J0Light Rail Progress is on Track<div class="ExternalClass59594261C4CD4BEBB453B2DF002C9517"><html> <p>Check out this month's Phoenix City Update episode to learn more about the light rail expansion in Phoenix. The episode takes us from northwest to south central Phoenix where light rail projects are making progress. <br><br></p> <p>Phoenix light rail administrator, Markus Coleman, chats with PHXTV's Deborah Sedillo Dugan about light rail construction, connections and community firsts. </p> <p>And remember to stay update to date with everything light rail by downloading the Construct VM app. For the latest details on Phoenix light rail projects visit valleymetro.org/project.</p> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitVideopublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Distributing Free Transit Passes to Those Most in Needhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2120Public Transit10/28/2021 7:10:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2120/Public_Transit_Newsroom_44.jpgPhoenix Distributing Free Transit Passes to Those Most in Need<div class="ExternalClass19FB3E13A12C4E49B92A83C7942E6116"><html> <p></p><p>Many Phoenix residents now have help with the cost of riding public transit - for both bus and light rail. Earlier this year, the Phoenix city council developed a strategic plan for the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to be received by the city of Phoenix. A component of that plan is to utilize $1 million for the purchase and distribution of transit passes to Phoenix residents to ensure that transit-dependent passengers can continue riding transit during these challenging times.  </p><p>The Public Transit Department is working with other city of Phoenix departments as well as partner organizations to distribute the passes to communities that can benefit from use of these passes. <br></p><p>City staff, with the help of the Phoenix city council, identified more than <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/ARPA_bus_passes_agencies_2022.pdf" target="_blank">30 organizations</a> that can assist with the distribution of these passes including (but not limit​​ed to) Phoenix Arizona@Work, Equality AZ, the Human Services Campus and others. <br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Members of the public can visit the list of <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/ARPA_bus_passes_agencies_2022.pdf" target="_blank">participating organizations​</a> and connect with them to get a pass. Pass recipients are asked to fill out a <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2GZKRY" target="_blank">short survey​</a> ab​​​out how they will utilize this assistance.  ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><p>These organizations have existing programs in place to provide various types of assistance to those in need. And transit passes add to the benefits such programs already provide.<br></p><p>Assisting with transportation costs will be beneficial for those individuals that may need temporary help to get back on their feet, go to work, school, medical appointments, and continue moving their life forward. This can make a positive impact across Phoenix communities who rely on public transit in their daily lives. See the <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/ARPA_bus_passes_agencies_2022.pdf" target="_blank">attached list of agencies and programs​</a> the Public Transit Department has partnered with for the distribution of these passes.  <br></p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Public Transit Departmen</strong><strong>t</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="/t2050" 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



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