Phoenix Scores $1.2 Million Transit Oriented Development Light Rail Grant https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3074Public Transit4/12/2024 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3074/Public_Transit_Newsroom_49.jpgPhoenix Scores $1.2 Million Transit Oriented Development Light Rail Grant <div class="ExternalClass8462171C179549C9BFD524A1AFFD2C54"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix received a $1.2 million <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/fiscal-year-2023-transit-oriented-development-tod-planning-projects" target="_blank">TOD (Transit Oriented Development) grant</a> from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help with efforts to improve access to public transit and create a transit-oriented walkable, livable and sustainable community.<br></p> <p>These types of grants help organizations, like the City of Phoenix, plan with the community around major transportation projects to improve access to public transit and affordable housing. <br></p> <p>Accessible public transit is critical to the economic health and growth of our City’s communities. After the completion of the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub" target="_blank">South Central Downtown Hub</a> light rail extension, scheduled for 2025, the existing light rail line - the Phoenix Light Rail Main Line -  will become a multi-line system with the downtown Phoenix area serving as the center for system transfers. The FTA awards this TOD grant for Phoenix’s Light Rail Main Line that includes the <a href="/pdd/reinvent-phx" target="_blank">Reinvent PHX</a>, <a href="/pdd/tod/19north" target="_blank">19North</a>, downtown Phoenix and the 50th Street station areas.<br></p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Councilmembers expressed their support for the award: ​<br></p> <p>“Transit oriented development has been an inextricable part of our mission to build a Phoenix that works for everyone. This new grant will help us build a more dynamic city that seamlessly connects residents to work, the grocery store, to school or their doctor’s office—all without having to rely on a car. Together, we will continue working towards a more equitable city that prioritizes mixed-use projects,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>“This grant signifies continued progress for the City of Phoenix and for our residents,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor and Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee Chair Debra Stark. “Having access to a reliable and efficient transportation system helps strengthen our economy and revitalize our communities. This is a win-win not just for public transit accessibility but for all our community.”</p> <p> “We are excited to receive the Transit Oriented Development grant from the FTA,” said Councilwoman Ann O’Brien. “These funds are important to the City’s continued effort to create transit-oriented communities. FTA funds are currently helping build the Metro Transit Oriented District, which is part of the Northwest Extension Phase II project.” </p> <p> “The City of Phoenix has achieved a great milestone in receiving this FTA grant. This will help us reach our goals to support our communities and create access to affordable housing and mixed-use development opportunities,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. </p> <p> “With the newly awarded TOD grant, the City of Phoenix can continue its efforts to create strategies around transit oriented development and equitable communities – congratulations to all our teams for securing these funds,” said Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington.“ </p> <p>This marks the 5th Transit Oriented Development (TOD) grant awarded to Phoenix under the <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/TODPilot" target="_blank">Transit Oriented Development Planning program</a>. <br></p> <p>The TOD funds will be utilized with the following primary goals in mind:<br></p> <p>• Evaluate current and projected growth and development.</p> <p>• Assess affordable housing and development opportunities with emphasis on city-owned, vacant and large development sites.</p> <p>• Make recommendations to streamline permitting for rental housing and other community visions.</p> <p>• Educate and engage community stakeholders on the various transit-oriented development growth opportunities.<br></p> <p>Phoenix is one of 20 cities to receive a portion of the <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/TOD" target="_blank">$17.6 million awarded​</a> in 16 states.<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Grants Available for Light Rail Construction Businesseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3064Public Transit4/3/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3064/Public_Transit_Newsroom_49.jpgGrants Available for Light Rail Construction Businesses<div class="ExternalClass814718E2A25443DB98455CBEDEC05AAA"><html> <p> After three successful years, the Small Business Financial Assistance Program (SBFAP) will enter its final year on April 1 providing support to small, locally-owned businesses along our <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub" target="_blank">South Central Extension/Downtown Hub​</a> light rail project. New this year, eligible businesses can apply for between $4,500 (up from $3,000 in past years) to $9,000 in program funding.  </p><p> </p> <p>Since launching in 2021, SBFAP has distributed more than $1M in grant funding to more than 200 small and micro businesses immediately adjacent to light rail construction in Phoenix. Last year alone, the program granted more than $370,000 to 70 businesses located along two separate light rail construction routes. </p> <p>“The grant was very helpful to our business. It helped pay our bills, including rent. Everyone should apply,” said David Herrera, owner, Comedor y Panadería La Tapatía.<br></p> <p>“The program has made a profound difference in my life and my business,” said Cerrone Burton, Owner, Gallery Hair Experience. “I am proud to say that, despite the challenges, the Gallery Hair Experience is not only still standing but thriving.”</p> <p>As the pilot program enters its fourth and final year, new applicants and those who received funding previously are encouraged to apply. The program aims to assist businesses with 15 or fewer employees located along the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub construction corridor whose annual revenue does not exceed $750,000. To view all eligibility requirements and apply, visit <a href="https://prestamoscdfi.org/vm2024/" target="_blank">https://prestamoscdfi.org/vm2024/</a>.<br></p> <p>The SBFAP is a program Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix created, with significant community feedback and financial backing from Phoenix Transportation 2050 <a href="/streetssite/Documents/FY_2023_T2050_Annual_Report.pdf" target="_blank">(T2050)</a> and the Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation <a href="https://pcdic.org/" target="_blank">(PCDIC)​</a>. <br></p> <p>In addition to the SBFAP, Valley Metro offers a number of free <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/scedh-business-assistance-program" target="_blank">business assistance programs​</a> including business consulting, hosting community events, marketing assistance and signage. To date, more than 460 businesses have participated in one or more elements of these business programs.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix and Valley Metro to Provide Free Rides to NCAA Final Four Attendees April 5-8https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3048Public Transit3/20/2024 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3048/Valley Metro NCAA Lightrail 2024 Web-13.jpgPhoenix and Valley Metro to Provide Free Rides to NCAA Final Four Attendees April 5-8<div class="ExternalClassB289268BAEF94780AF26CFA19AB42E1C"><html> <p><a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/FF_FreeRides_2024_SPA.pdf" target="_blank">​Leer en español​</a><br></p><p>Don’t drop the ball! Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix are making it easy to travel to your favorite NCAA Men’s Final Four® events April 5-8 by providing free rides through the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a>.</p><div>“We’re excited to bring fans the full Phoenix experience with our investment in the sponsored rides program on our light rail system,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Now, it’ll be even easier for visitors and Phoenicians alike to reach all the Final Four activities and entertainment in downtown Phoenix.”</div><div><br></div><div>To take advantage of the sponsored rides program supported by the city of Phoenix, fans are encouraged to follow these simple steps:<br></div><div>1. Download the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a> and create an account. The app and account are required to access the complimentary pass.</div><div>2. Visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncaa.com/mens-final-four/know-before-you-go">‘Know Before You Go’</a> section of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncaa.com/mens-final-four">NCAA Men’s Final Four® website</a> or the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncaa.com/mens-final-four/mens-final-four-app">Official App​</a>. Under ‘Transportation,’ click the link to access the Final Four transit pass. This link will take you back to the Valley Metro app. </div><div>3. Complete the transaction for your complimentary Final Four transit pass.</div><div>4.Scan the QR code at the purple fare readers before each ride. This pass is valid April 5-8 for up to four people. </div><div><br></div><div>“We provided more than 250,000 safe rides on light rail during Super Bowl LVII in 2023 and we are looking forward to doing it again for the weekend of NCAA Men’s Final Four® events,” said Phoenix Councilwoman and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Laura Pastor. “Whether you are a resident or visitor to the Valley for the first time, let public transit be your <em>fast break</em> through traffic to connect you, your family and friends to all the action.”</div><div><br></div><div>Hop on board light rail from any one of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/park-and-ride">13 free park-and-rides</a> in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Use the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a> to plan your travel in advance. Riders can plan a trip, locate trains in real-time and check rider alerts. Learn more about how Valley Metro is welcoming basketball fans at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/basketball">valleymetro.org/basketball</a>.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“We are excited to partner with Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix to offer free rides for our basketball fans traveling to the 2024 Men’s Final Four® events in Phoenix,” said Jay Parry, CEO of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee. <br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About Valley Metro:</strong> Located in the fastest-growing county in the U.S., Valley Metro connects people to their most important destinations each day. Riders travel across the metro-Phoenix area on eco-friendly public transit including bus, light rail, paratransit and streetcar. Progress continues on additional high-capacity transit extensions that are either in planning or under construction to create a 50-mile rail system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/accessibility">seniors and people with disabilities</a>, commuter vanpools, <a target="_blank" href="https://sharetheride.com/#/">online carpool matching</a>, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/about/boards-directors">Boards of Directors​</a> from 19 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. In addition to federal and local funds, Valley Metro receives critical capital and bus operations funds from Prop. 400, the 20-year, regional half-cent transportation sales tax that is set to expire in 2025. 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/use/ValleyMetro">YouTube</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">X</a> or by visiting <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">valleymetro.org</a> and downloading the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/how-to-ride/online-tools/app">Valley Metro app</a>.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>About City of Phoenix:</strong> As the fifth largest city in the country and the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a vibrant community, home to 1.7 million residents. Phoenix has led the nation in new population growth over the decade. Ranked in the top 10 for the best city to start a business, companies thrive in Phoenix because of its friendly business environment. Within the 517 square miles of the city, renowned mountain trails, and three of the largest city parks in the country, Phoenix is not only a great place to live, it also attracts visitors worldwide. Downtown Phoenix continues to draw major events such as the 2023 Super Bowl, the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four, as well as a variety of music and food festivals. For more information, visit <a target="_blank" href="/">phoenix.gov</a>. <br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>About the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee:</strong> The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC) is a non-profit organization that is hosting the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The committee is comprised of Arizona business, Native American, tourism and sports leaders and will collaborate with the NCAA to support the Men’s Final Four’s myriad ancillary events and to establish legacy projects that will ensure the lasting impact of the Men’s Final Four in Arizona. The PLOC will fundraise with local stakeholders to support the event and ensure that the 2024 Men’s Final Four sets a new standard of excellence. The PLOC will also work with Arizona State University, the host institution. The 2024 Men’s Final Four will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., with the national semifinals on Saturday, April 6 and the national final on Monday, April 8, 2024. For more information, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenixfinalfour.com/">www.phoenixfinalfour.com​</a>.<br></div><div><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Feedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Routehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3028Public Transit2/22/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3028/Newsroom_PublicTransit_005.jpgFeedback Needed for Proposed West Phoenix Transit Route<div class="ExternalClass2A2C5DAAC35B486C985E3347039287E3"><html> <p>​Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix are seeking input on the recommended route for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">West Phoenix High-Capacity Transit Alternatives Analysis</a>. Based on community feedback and significant technical analysis, a route beginning at Central Avenue/Indian School Road to 75th Avenue/Thomas Road will be shared with the community and recommended for approval. </p> <p>Additionally, two starting points, off the current light rail line at either Central or 19th avenues, were further evaluated based on community feedback. This additional analysis will also be presented to the community. </p> <p>The recommended route is proposed to travel west on Indian School Road from Central Avenue, south on 75th Avenue and west on Thomas Road, ultimately connecting central Phoenix and Maryvale neighborhoods. This route is being advanced based on several factors including highest ridership potential and ability to serve the highest number of transit-reliant customers of the more than 10 potential routes evaluated. </p> <p>The project team will host three public meetings, as well as open up a public comment period to garner input. </p> <p>Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m.</p> <p>Westwood Elementary School</p> <p>4711 N. 23rd Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85015</span></p> <p> <br> </p> <p>Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 (in person)</p> <p>6 – 8 p.m. </p> <p>Desert West Community Center</p> <p>6501 W. Virginia Ave., <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix, AZ 85035</span></p> <p><br></p><p>Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (virtual)</p> <p>6 p.m.<br></p> <p>Join online at <a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro.webex.com/valley-metro/j.php?MTID=mb9d193a9f676a9a3b80630eba935f288">valley-metro.webex.com</a></p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2483 146 4471</p> <p>Webinar password: WestPhoenix (93787463 from phones) </p> <p> </p> <p>Spanish Audio Channel: </p> <p>Join by phone: 1-408-418-9388</p> <p>Webinar number: 2484 040 1581</p> <p>Webinar password: 93787463</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>All meetings will provide identical presentations and will be available in English and Spanish. View the digital flyer with .<a target="_blank" href="https://t.e2ma.net/click/h6j7tg/5stcedxe/h2khj4">more information here​</a>. Presentation materials along with a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/webforms/wphx-comment-form-feb-2024">public comment form</a> to submit feedback will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">project website​</a> between Feb. 23 and March 15, 2024. Following this round of public feedback, route approval will move forward to the Phoenix City Council, associated subcommittees, and the Valley Metro Rail Board across the months of March – May 2024. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Seeks Feedback on High-Capacity Transit Projectshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3003Public Transit1/30/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3003/Newsroom_PublicTransit_004.jpgPhoenix Seeks Feedback on High-Capacity Transit Projects<div class="ExternalClassF3AFAA87CD5A4A7D9B9E4116170C2DC6"><html> <p>Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix will host three public meetings to provide updates and gather community input on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/future-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-projects">future Phoen​ix high-capacity transit projects</a> currently in progress or in the planning stages.</p><p>Meetings will be held in-person Feb. 3 and 8 and virtually on Feb. 15<br></p><p>Project teams from Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix will present on the following projects: </p><ul><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/capex">Capitol Light Rail Extension (CAPEX)</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/i-10-west-extension">I-10 West Light Rail​ Extension (10WEST)</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/pddsite/Pages/Capitol.aspx">CAPEX/I-10 West Transit ​Oriented Development Policy Plans</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/publictransit/brt">Phoenix Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/west-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-alternatives-analysis">West Phoenix High-Capacity Transit Alternatives Analysis</a>: </p></li></ul><p>Information will also be provided for these related projects in Phoenix:</p><ul><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://azdot.gov/planning/transportation-studies/grand-35-study">US 60 (Grand Avenue), 35th Avenue and Indian Scho​ol Road Intersection Improvements</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="/streets/35thavesafety">35th Avenue Safety ​Corridor</a></p></li><li><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/northwest-extension-phase-ii">Northwest Extension Phase II Transit Oriented Communities Policy Plan</a> </p></li></ul><p>Spanish translation will be available at each meeting. View a digital flyer with more information <a target="_blank" href="https://vulcan-production.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/projects/downloads/future-phx-high-capacity-transit-projects/20240119_wv_transportationoverview-eng-esp.pdf">here</a>. Meetings will be held on the following dates: </p><p>Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 (in person)</p><p>9-11 a.m.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr">Burton Barr Central Library</a>, Pulliam Auditorium</p><p>1221 N. Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85004​</p><p><br></p><p>Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 (in person)<br></p><p>6-8 p.m.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="/parks/recreation-and-community-centers/centers-d/desert-west">Desert West Community Center</a></p><p>6501 W. Virginia Avenue</p><p>Phoenix, AZ 85035 <br><br></p><p>Thursday, Feb, 15, 2024 (virtual)</p><p>6 p.m.</p><p>Join online at <a target="_blank" href="https://valley-metro.webex.com/wbxmjs/joinservice/sites/valley-metro/meeting/download/e3226a70ad5e4f2c878a90bd659281f0?siteurl=valley-metro&MTID=ma8ccfb17a188b6dd3cf2d30fadbc6569">valley-metro.webex.com</a></p><p>Meeting Number: 2493 599 9907 </p><p>Join by phone: 408.418.9388</p><p>Webinar password: FuturePhoenix (38887374 from phones)<br></p><p>Residents can review information and submit comments beginning February 3 through February 29 at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/future-phoenix-high-capacity-transit-projects">valleymetro.org/phxfuture</a>. ​</p><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Celebrates Light Rail Extension Openinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3000Public Transit1/29/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3000/Photo_Thelda-Williams-Transit-Center_1-27-24_021.jpgPhoenix Celebrates Light Rail Extension Opening<div class="ExternalClassD4D48F41042A407C8B3EF8766A01AB29"><html> <p></p><div><div>More than 2,000 people, including federal, state and local leaders, gathered to celebrate the opening of the Northwest Phase II extension of light rail in Phoenix. The project includes a series of "firsts" for Valley Metro and the community including the first elevated station, rail-only bridge over I-17 and a multi-modal transit center named after regional transit champion, former Phoenix Mayor and Councilmember Thelda Williams. </div><div><br></div><div>"I am proud to be back in Phoenix, less than three years after signing the grant that funded this important extension that will make such a difference in the lives of people in this region,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “This was the first project funded by FTA under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the city and Valley Metro have done incredible work building it on budget and delivering the project earlier than expected. Congratulations to all.”</div><div><br></div><div>The project received $158 million from the nationally competitive Capital Investment Grant program through the FTA. The city of Phoenix T2050 funds provided $213 million and regional transportation funds from Proposition 400 provided the final $30 million. Construction began in 2020, creating 3,000 direct jobs in our community and more than 6,000 indirect jobs across the country.  </div><div><br></div><div>“This project represents years and years of hard work, at the city, county and federal level,” said U.S. Congressman Greg Stanton. “There’s no question light rail has been a resounding success—not just as a way to move people, but as an economic development tool. Phase II is going to connect residents in the West Valley to jobs and education in central Phoenix, and all the way to Tempe and Mesa.”</div><div><br></div><div>The new extension includes three stations and is anticipated to initially attract 1,400 new, daily riders to the system each day. Crossing the I-17, the project gives greater transit access to the West Valley, connecting current and future riders with opportunities in central Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.  </div><div><br></div><div>“This extension has been part of Phoenix’s transit vision for more than two decades,” said Phoenix Mayor and Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Council Chair Kate Gallego. “Today’s expansion is not only a celebration of our community’s vision and commitment to sustainable growth, but also the region’s Proposition 400 investment totaling nearly $1.3 billion to establish and grow our light rail system. Light rail has changed the way our community travels, fostering mobility freedom and economic opportunity across our county.”</div><div><br></div><div>Featured along the new extension, there are nine different art elements created by seven artists reflecting the character and history of the local community. Art is incorporated into the new stations, parking garage and the Thelda Williams Transit Center. The four-story parking garage has solar panels to support the facility's infrastructure and the transit center is served by five bus routes and, in the future, potentially Bus Rapid Transit. </div><div><br></div><div>“This is a wonderful day for Phoenix residents and everyone who travels across the Valley,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Laura Pastor. “Riders from northwest Phoenix will now have access to jobs and education across our entire region. ASU campuses, Sky Harbor, employment centers, housing, recreation and entertainment are all easily accessible.”  </div><div><br></div><div>According to Valley Metro CEO, Jessica Mefford-Miller, “We have made the leap over one of our busiest and most vital freeways with a bridge that opens the door to the West Valley. Congratulations to the Valley Metro team, our contractors and our neighbors, working in lockstep with the city of Phoenix, to deliver a project ahead of schedule and on budget that beautifies and enriches our community, as depicted by Alberto Rios’ Light Rail Hummingbird.”​<br><br></div><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Opens for Service Jan. 27https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2971Public Transit1/9/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2971/Newsroom_PublicTransit_003.jpgNorthwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Opens for Service Jan. 27<div class="ExternalClass723C4CE1F6E542188B3FC6C1158785EB"><html> <p>​The region will soon have a new connection from Mesa, Tempe and downtown Phoenix to northwest Phoenix. The <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/northwest-extension-phase-ii" target="_blank">Northwest Extension Phase II</a> light rail project will officially open for service Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. A ribbon cutting and community celebration from 9 a.m. to ​12 p.m.​ is being planned on that day to commemorate the occasion.</p> <p>“As Phoenix continues growing, so does the need for reliable, affordable transportation options that can connect Phoenicians to opportunities all over town,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Whether it’s going to work, to the doctor’s office, or to visit loved ones, I believe every person should be able to get where they need to go without relying on a car. The Northwest Extension II -- by way of the newly named Thelda Williams Transit Center -- is going to deliver on that vision, while at the same time helping us reduce carbon emissions in the long-term. Three years in the making, the extension is going to breathe life into neighborhoods around the Metrocenter development, accelerate private and public investment in the area, and improve quality of life for Phoenix residents.”<br></p> <p>The 1.6-mile extension expands light rail service farther into northwest Phoenix running west from 19th and Dunlap avenues, going north on 25th Avenue, then west on Mountain View Road crossing the I-17 freeway to the redeveloping Metrocenter area.</p> <p>This extension introduces unique features including the first elevated rail station, a rail-only bridge over the I-17 freeway and seven community-driven public art installations. The project also includes a transit center named in honor of former Phoenix Mayor and Councilmember Thelda Williams, who also served as Chair of Valley Metro Rail.</p> <p>Other project features include:</p> <p> </p><ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li>3 new light rail stations</li> <li>Four-story parking garage<br></li> <li>200 new trees along with enhanced landscaping</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>In addition to federal grants, funding of the extension comes from Phoenix Transportation 2050 and regional Proposition 400. This project builds upon the success of the <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/northwest-extension-phase-i" target="_blank">Northwest Extension Phase I</a>, which opened in 2016.</p> <p>In 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity transit system under the <a href="/T2050" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 plan</a>. As a result, construction on the project began in 2020 and is opening two years ahead of the original 2026 projected opening date.</p> <p>“The opening of the Northwest Extension Phase II is a remarkable milestone in Valley Metro Rail’s vision to provide multi-modal connectivity across our region,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Laura Pastor. “Extensions like this demonstrate our ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality public transit that our region both needs and deserves.”</p> <p>Since light rail service began in metro Phoenix in 2008, the system has attracted more than <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/about/transit-oriented-community" target="_blank">$17 billion in public and private investment development </a>with another $2.1 billion in planned commercial and residential development. This extension is expected to spur continued community investment and economic growth in northwest Phoenix and serve thousands of new riders each day.</p> <p>For more information about the project visit <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/project/northwest-extension-phase-ii/opening" target="_blank">valleymetro.org/northwest2opening</a>​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Your Feedback is Important: Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goalhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2830Public Transit8/15/2023 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2830/Newsroom_PublicTransit_002.jpgYour Feedback is Important: Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal<div class="ExternalClassEF8A4A06B8804EAD8A3990D08F009120"><html> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Did you miss the previous presentation? Phoenix Public Transit is holding a second public hearing on <strong>Wednesday, Aug. 23</strong>. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Details: </span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">DBE Triennial Goal Public Hearing </span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023</span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">10:00 - 11:00 a.m. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Join via</span> <a style="font-size:14.6667px;background-color:window;" href="https://cityofphoenix.webex.com/cityofphoenix/j.php?MTID=m372d6525d0a6138402f03ef5e657d598" target="_blank">Webex​​</a><br></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong>Aug. 4, 2023</strong></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong>​​<br></strong></span></div><div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">It’s that time again! Every three years, Phoenix Public Transit updates its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal and we need your feedback. For more information, visit </span><a href="/publictransit/dbe" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">phoenix.​gov/publictransit/dbe</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> to find the following: </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div> <ul> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Post%20Meeting%20City%20of%20Phoenix%20FTA%20Triennial%20DBE%20Goal%20Public%20Notice_8-4-2023.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">DBE goal public notice (PDF)</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/CH_2024-2026%20Goal%20Setting-08-04-23_Public%20Meeting.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Aug. 4, 2023, downloadable presentation (PDF)</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a href="https://youtu.be/UTFPEkmCc1I" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Video link to Aug. 4 presentation recording</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></li> </ul> </div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">The presentation includes upcoming projects the City of Phoenix and its subrecipients have planned for 2024-2026. It has great information on projects that the public can comment on. </span> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The DBE triennial goal public feedback period will end on <strong style="">Sept. 5, 2023,</strong> at the close of business. Comments regarding the goal can be directed to:</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Valeria Williams</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">DBE Specialist </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">City of Phoenix Public Transit Department </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">302 N. 1st Ave, 9th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">(602) 534-2667</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">valeria.williams@phoenix.gov</span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <br style=""> </span></div> <div><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">About the Phoenix Public Transit Department:</strong><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> 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 </span><a href="/t2050" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Transportation 2050 (T2050)</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> – a local sales tax approved by Phoenix voters in 2015 – as well as county and federal funds. Visit us at </span><a href="/publictransit" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">phoenix.gov/publictransit</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> or follow us on </span><a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Twitter​</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> for the latest news. ​</span><br><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit



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