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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
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
Phoenix Public Transit Department to Restore Pre-COVID Bus Serviceshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1585Public Transit10/23/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1585/Public_Transit_Newsroom_031.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Department to Restore Pre-COVID Bus Services<div class="ExternalClassA2CB5587B2BC40A3AF8AFEA2EE1D9C36"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City ​Council approved the partial restoration of public transit services beginning Oct. 26. The following service changes will be implemented:</p><p><strong>Hours</strong></p><p>Morning bus service on Phoenix-operated routes will return to a start time of approximately 4 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on weekends. </p><p><strong>Added Trips</strong></p><p>RAPID service will begin with the restoration to the I-17 route, with one inbound trip in the morning and one afternoon outbound trip. Public Transit staff will continue monitoring ridership closely to determine if additional trips are needed for additional RAPID routes in the future. </p><p><strong>On-board Adjustments</strong></p><p>Designated seats will now be marked as ‘unavailable’ to facilitate social distancing, rather than a specific limit of riders on each bus.</p><p>These changes will be implemented as part of the regularly scheduled biannual transit service changes on Oct. 26. Phoenix will work with Valley Metro to coordinate these changes.</p><p>Other safety measures and cleaning protocols implemented throughout the pandemic will continue. Face covering are also​​ still required on all public transit services, including bus, light rail, paratransit, Dial-a-Ride, and vanpoools. The Public Transit Department continues working jointly with the riding public to ensure a clean, safe, and comfortable ride. For complete information visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">www.valleymetro.org</a>.</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 target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">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 target="_blank" href="/publictransit">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Twitter​</a> for the latest news.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Major Construction Projects Bring Bus Service Detours, Road Closurehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1540Public Transit10/1/2020 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1540/Public_Transit_Newsroom_30.jpgMajor Construction Projects Bring Bus Service Detours, Road Closure<div class="ExternalClass361CF749D02A465F8EA2C40131978F07"><html> <p> Construction on two major projects in downtown Phoenix will lead to changes for commuters and residents beginning in October. The redevelopment of Central Station and construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project will result in modifications for 28 bus routes and the closure of part of Central Avenue to vehicular traffic. <br><br> </p> <p>• Due to construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, beginning October 5, 2020 through the duration of the project construction, Central Avenue will be closed to motorists between Washington and Jefferson Streets. </p> <p>     o With this road closure, bus riders will use the northeast corner of Washington St/Central Ave to board and deboard.​<br></p> <p>• Beginning October 26, 2020, the Central Station Transit Center will be closed while the center is being redeveloped. </p><p>     o    All local, Express/RAPID and DASH routes that travel through this center will be on detour for approximately three years. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/pardon-our-progress">View all detoured routes here​</a>.</p> <p>     o Light rail riders will be able to board and alight from the Van Buren/Central Ave and Van Buren/1st Ave stations for the duration of construction.</p> <p>     o Central Station Pass Sales and Customer Service will be closed from Oct. 19-25. Beginning October 26 through the duration of redevelopment, the office will be moved to the north entrance of the Phoenix Public Transit Department building, 302 N. 1st Avenue, Suite 120. </p> <p>These projects will transform the landscape of downtown Phoenix, enhancing the lives of Valley residents by providing greater access and connections. </p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://www.medistarcorp.com/in-development/">new Central Station</a> will be a mixed-use, walkable project that will include retail, workforce housing, and public open spaces. The new development will continue to include a transit center offering connections to light rail and bus routes in the area. </p> <p>For detailed information on the service detours happening in October, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://valleymetro.org/pardon-our-progress">valleymetro.org/pop</a>. </p> <p>For more information about the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extensiondowntown-hub">valleymetro.org/southcentral</a>.<br><br></p> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <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.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><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 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/system-accessibility">paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities</a>, commuter vanpools,<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sharetheride.com/"> online carpool matching</a>, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/boards-directors">Boards of Directors</a> 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 us on  <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro">Facebook</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/">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="http://valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org</a>.<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Construction Begins on Northwest Extension Phase II Rail Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1528Public Transit9/24/2020 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1528/Public_Transit_Newsroom_029.jpgConstruction Begins on Northwest Extension Phase II Rail Project<div class="ExternalClass48AE22FA18034215A416CC7036F23BFB"><html> <p>​Construction on a new 1.6-mile extension of light rail, which will include the system’s first elevated station, is now underway. Crews have begun utility relocation, the first phase of construction, on the north side of Dunlap Avenue just west of the existing 19th Ave/Dunlap station.​<br></p> <p>“This project takes connectivity in the greater Phoenix area a step further,” said Valley Metro Rail Board Vice Chair, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Public transit, particularly light rail, keeps our region vibrant and progressive. It facilitates development and connects residents and future generations to ​​jobs, education and entertainment options.”<br></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>“Light rail is an important component of our transportation infrastructure as it connects residents across the Valley and attracts new businesses and employment opportunities. Residents and businesses in the Metrocenter area are ready and excited for construction on the Northwest Extension Phase II to begin as the area is primed for quality development driven in part by light rail,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, whose district includes the Metrocenter area and is chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee.<br></p> <p>The extension recently received a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/about/news/us-transportation-secretary-elaine-l-chao-announces-400-million-federal-funding">$50 million allocation of grant funding</a> from the Federal Transit Administration, as part of the Capital Investment Grants Program. In addition to this project, Valley Metro currently has two other projects now under construction: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extensiondowntown-hub">South Central Extension/Downtown Hub</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/tempe-streetcar">Tempe Streetcar</a>.<br></p> <p>“With this extension of light rail, we’re building a north/south light rail line and new connections for our riders to offer greater flexibility and opportunity for travel,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “From the northwest to downtown and soon, south central Phoenix, we’re improving regional access for residents and visitors alike.”</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 in​formation, 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> <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 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/system-accessibility">paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities</a>, commuter vanpools, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sharetheride.com/">online carpool matching</a>, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/boards-directors">Boards of Directors</a> 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 us on  <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro">Facebook​</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/">Instag​ram</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="http://www.valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org​</a>.​​​<br><br></p><div><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
We Need Your Feedback: Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1456Public Transit9/4/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1456/Public_Transit_Newsroom_027.jpgWe Need Your Feedback: Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal<div class="ExternalClassC436C4105BE244B1B340E3F0BEC433D8"><html> <p>Phoenix Public Transit updates its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal every three years and it's​​ that time again! All the information you need is at <a target="_blank" href="/publictransit/dbe">phoenix.gov/publictransit/dbe</a>.<br></p> <p>There you'll find the following: </p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Phoenix_FTA_Triennial_DBE_Goal_Public_Notice_8-2020.pdf">DBE participation goal public notice (PDF)</a> <br> </p> </li> <li> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/publictransitsite/Documents/2021-2023_DBE_Goal_PUBLIC_Outreach_8-25-2020.pdf">Aug. 25, 2020 downloadable presentation (PDF)</a> <br> </p> </li> <li> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcPIGX-j6vc&feature=youtu.be">A ​​video ​link to the Aug. 25 presentation recording ​</a> <br> </p> </li> </ul> <p>The presentation includes information about upcoming projects the city of Phoenix and its subrecipients have planned in the next three years. This is a great way to learn about and plan for upcoming projects before they are formally advertised.<br></p> <p>The DBE triennial goal public comment period started August 26 and will run through September 28, 2020. At any time during the public comment period, comments can be provided in the following ways:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li> <p>Contact Renee Standing tree at Renee.Standing.Tree@phoenix.gov or (602) 534-2667</p> </li> <li> <p>Contact Donald Mayes at donald.mayes@phoenix.gov or (602) 262-7502</p> </li> <li> <p>Via direct mail: Public Transit Department, Attn: DBE Triennial, 302 N. 1st Ave., Suite 900, Phoenix, AZ 85003 </p> </li> </ul> <p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal will be submitted October 1, 2020, and will remain the department's aspirational (race and gender neutral) goal from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2023.  <br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p> <p>Remember - to view the public notice for the Phoenix Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal and provide your comments ​​visit <a href="/publictransit/dbe" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/publictransit/dbe</a>.<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Posted Aug. 17, 2020</strong> <br> </p> <p> <strong>Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Virtual Presentation Aug. 25</strong> <br> </p> <p>If you’re interested in learning about Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) mark your calendar for Aug. 25! <br></p> <p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department is updating its triennial DBE goals for federal fiscal years 2021-2023 and we need your input. <br></p> <p>To participate be sure to do the following:</p> <p>• Visit Eventbrite and RSVP today – search Public Transit DBE </p> <p>• Join the WEBEX presentation at the following link </p> <p>Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. </p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://coptransit.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=coptransit&service=6&rnd=0.4153719503812823&main_url=https://coptransit.webex.com/ec3300/eventcenter/event/eventAction.do?theAction%3Dlandingfrommail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004052e6e96b3ab42fb2c15bac8653c43b57dc5dbee5ee05b7589fbd49e0a54cc51%26siteurl%3Dcoptransit%26confViewID%3D169575327223282403%26SourceId%3Dacc4f20532763bb2e0533d06fc0a2b21%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAARB-At9CzfNJWHTp5tLTPEvgYfPhLIsxqGvKEAOv8cTRg2">https://coptransit.webex.com/coptransit/onstage/g.php?MTID= e2b2da1092d13d670363e4ce337e7061f​</a> <br> </p><p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Attend the virtual presentation to learn more. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on the draft DBE goal as well as hear about various Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded projects that need to be on your radar.<br></p> <p>For questions about this event, connect with Renee Standing tree at Renee.Standing.Tree@phoenix.gov. ​<br></p> <p>See you online! ​​<br></p> <p> About the Phoenix Public Transit Department: </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 target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">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 target="_blank" href="/publictransit">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Twitter​</a> for the latest news. <br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Virtual Meeting for Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Now Livehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1462Public Transit8/19/2020 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1462/Public_Transit_Newsroom_028.jpgVirtual Meeting for Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Now Live<div class="ExternalClassD27D605B85104E86984B70741F37B76A"><html> ​<p>Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix invite the public to attend an online public meeting for a final update on the Northwest Extension Phase II before construction begins at valleymetro.org/northwest2. The light rail extension will connect to the existing system at the 19th Ave/Dunlap station and head northwest, to the Metrocenter Transit Center.</p> <p>The online presentation will include the project’s final design, renderings of project art and information on what to expect during the different phases of construction. In addition to 1.6 new miles of light rail, the project includes upgraded utilities, six new bus pullouts and an estimated 240 new trees along the light rail corridor.</p> <p>The meeting materials can be accessed at any time from Aug. 19 through Sept. 4, 2020 by visiting valleymetro.org/northwest2.</p> <p>• All meeting information will be provided in English and Spanish.</p> <p>• Participants will be prompted to provide their comments and feedback within the online platform.  </p> <p>• Questions or comments may be submitted in either language.</p> <p>• Comments can also be submitted verbally during a call-in meeting on Aug. 29 from 10-11 a.m. or Sept. 1 from 6-7 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 </a>(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 T2050 page 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> <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 us on  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Facebook​</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/" 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></p> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Public Transit Secures Millions in Grant for New Buseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1451Public Transit8/12/2020 5:25:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1451/Public_Transit_Newsroom_026.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Secures Millions in Grant for New Buses<div class="ExternalClassEA59019CD4A446838A70F6026C16E063"><html> <p>U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced this week that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is awarding the Phoenix Public Transit Department over $6.9 million in funding for new buses.  <br></p> <p>This important news means there will be ad​​​​ditional funding to improve the reliability of Phoenix’s existing bus system. <br></p> <p>“This grant is critical for the funding of new buses,” says Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to provide essential public transit services to the community. This grant will help enhance the efficiency and reliability of our bus fleet while providing access to jobs, schools and important health services our residents need.”<br></p> <p>The Public Transit team worked hard to meet all the criteria needed for this funding opportunity. The application process was highly competitive (the FTA received 282 applications) as demand for grants for buses and bus facilities far exceeded available funds. <br></p> <p>“Improving transportation infrastructure is vital to our residents who rely on our transit system, and it is key to building and strengthening an economy.  I appreciate U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s commitment to provide grants that will improve the safety and reliability of bus service at this critical time,” says Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who chairs the City Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee.  <br></p> <p>The voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 plan, or T2050, identifies the need to continue to purchase new buses to modernize and expand the city's local bus fleet. Many riders depend on the bus system to get where they need to go and upgraded buses provide customers with even more reliable service. Phoenix has been actively purchasing new buses since 2014, replacing an average of 40 a year.<br></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 target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">Transportation 2050</a> (T2050) <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>–​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> 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 target="_blank" href="/publictransit">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank"> Twitter</a>​ for the latest news. <br></p>​<br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit

 

 

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