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Phoenix Public Transit Seeks Input on DASH Route Optionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2627Public Transit1/13/2023 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2627/Public_Transit_Newsroom_47.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Seeks Input on DASH Route Options<div class="ExternalClass423D9C73564646CF852514770F7D3035"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Public Transit Department is rolling into Phase 2 of the Neighborhood Transit Study (NTS) and is seeking community input on the Downtown Area Shuttle Circulator (DASH) proposed routing options.<br></p> <p>Based on public feedback in Phase 1 and a technical assessment, four proposed options were developed for DASH. Each option includes an extension of the current (Government) loop into a proposed <strong>Downtown Loop</strong> to create connectivity to entertainment, shopping, and housing.</p> <p>The proposed options - on a specific part of the route - provide extended weekday hours (until 11 p.m.) and weekend service (Saturday and Sunday). The public is invited to check out <a href="/publictransit/neighborhoodtransit" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/neighborhoodtransit</a> and the corresponding <a href="https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/f6dc85e6e2294a0fb84dde9be8e983eb/" target="_blank">StoryMap</a> before <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HM6932W?lang=en" target="_blank">filling out the survey</a> on or before Feb. 10, 2023. </p> <p>The Neighborhood Transit Study is an important component of the <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">Transportation 2050</a> program to continue expanding and improving Phoenix's neighborhood circulator routes.</p> <p>The DASH is one of four (free) neighborhood circulators, and one of the busiest. Many people depend on the service to get where they need to go.</p><p>“We’re always looking at how we can improve our services,” says Public Transit Director Jesús Sapien “These proposed changes show we are listening to our community saying they need the service into the weekend as well as having it connect to light rail.”</p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050:</strong> In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a href="https://t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050 page</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro​</a>​ on Twitter.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Public Transit Full Speed Ahead on Zero Emission Bus Fleethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2603Public Transit12/16/2022 4:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2603/Public_Transit_Newsroom_46.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Full Speed Ahead on Zero Emission Bus Fleet<div class="ExternalClass93B844C7B3394B20BC508AD036785381"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Public Transit Department is paving the road toward​​s a zero-emission bus fleet. This week, the Phoenix City Council voted to transition the City’s heavy-duty bus fleet to zero-emission models by 2040. This means that the City’s Public Transit staff has the green light to move forward with purchasing newer technology buses beginning in the first quarter of 2023 and evaluating future infrastructure needs. <br></p> <p>“Phoenix is charting an ambitious timeline. At this rate, low- and zero emission buses will make up a third of our fleet in the next five years,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Reducing pollution on our roadways is crucial for our region’s air quality, and this effort must be matched with rapid decarbonization of the electric grid that powers these vehicles. Demonstrating success in our geography and climate will serve as a powerful model for communities across the country.”<br></p><p>“This week’s votes show just how far we’ve come as a city in the past year when it comes to clean transportation. A year ago, council was presented with a contract that did not consider low - or zero-emission options. This week, we passed one of the strongest zero emission transition plans in the country,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. <br></p> <p>Phoenix Public Transit provides transit service to about half of the Valley (the Phoenix metropolitan area) with 48 total bus routes including local, commuter, and neighborhood circulator service. The department’s fleet is currently made up of 500 buses which operate on compressed natural gas or biodiesel. <br></p> <p>“We’re excited to put these newer buses into our system and begin transitioning our fleet,” said Public Transit Director Jesús Sapien. “The region’s bus routes are the backbone of the transit system and adding these newer technology buses to the fleet will help us achieve our long-term goals for Phoenix and for the region.”<br></p> <p>Not only is this move forward one of the most significant in the nation - as the City of Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States, it also supports federal infrastructure modernization and implementation of local plans including the City of Phoenix’s <a target="_blank" href="/oepsite/Documents/2021ClimateActionPlanEnglish.pdf">Climate Action</a> and <a target="_blank" href="/sustainabilitysite/MediaAssets/sustainability/electric-vehicles/Draft%20Transportation%20Electrification%20Action%20Plan.pdf">Transportation Electrification Action​</a> plans. <br></p> <p>In August 2022, the Federal Transit Administration awarded the Phoenix Public Transit Department a <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-transit/2449">$16.3 million grant</a> for low- and no-emissions buses and supporting infrastructure. The grant is a catalyst for the department to begin transitioning its heavy-duty transit fleet to 100 percent zero emissions buses by 2040. <br></p> <p>Currently, there is a 24-month production timeline on new bus technology, and staff will start ordering these newer buses in the first quarter of 2023. That means that some of these buses will hit the road in 2025. <br></p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050:</strong> In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://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.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Receives $1 Million Grant for South Central Light Rail Developmenthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2587Public Transit12/7/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2587/Public_Transit_Newsroom_45.jpgPhoenix Receives $1 Million Grant for South Central Light Rail Development<div class="ExternalClass3CAF5758423D44408742F1B0EB6EE2A0"><html> <div>The City of Phoenix is excited to receive a <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grants/grant-programs/fiscal-year-2022-transit-oriented-development-tod-planning-projects" target="_blank">$1 million grant</a> from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help implement the South-Central / Downtown Hub light rail extension Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Community plan. The Phoenix project is one of 19 to receive a portion of the <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/TODPilot" target="_blank">$13.1 million awarded</a> in 14 states.  The grant is another step forward in Phoenix continuing to build modern infrastructure with an equitable future. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub" target="_blank">five-mile extension</a> will connect south Phoenix to the regional light rail system, which runs from downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road. The South Central/Downtown Hub light rail line is expected to open in 2024.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This federal funding will help the City with its mission of supporting affordable housing, increasing public transit ridership, connectivity and accessibility for residents and visitors. The funding also will assist in opportunities for investment in the local economy. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix Mayor Gallego and Councilmembers expressed their support for the award: </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“The City of Phoenix recognizes the rich history in this corridor. Many are second and third generation families and businesses, all of whom take great pride in their community,” says Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “As we continue to make progress on the South Central light rail line, this funding will further advance our goal to integrate effective transit driven by community collaboration.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>In March 2022, the Phoenix City Council approved the <a href="/pddsite/Documents/PZ/013122%20South%20Central%20TOD%20Community%20Plan8.5x11.pdf" target="_blank">South-Central TOD Community Plan</a> that shows a shared community vision for the corridor with the addition of light rail.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“With the South Central Light Rail Extension bringing much-needed transportation options and future revitalization to South Phoenix, community members took the lead in putting forward a plan that ensures the region redevelops in the right way from a bottom-up approach, that doesn’t simply push those who live there out,” explains Councilwoman Ansari. “This grant supports this vision.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“The core of this plan is to build an equitable future for residents and riders along the South-Central corridor,” notes Councilmember Carlos Garcia. “This grant is moving Phoenix forward and making sure the project is done with the community and not to the community.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The grant monies will be used to complete several actions identified in the plan towards achieving environmentally equitable and connected communities. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>About Transportation 2050: </strong>In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a href="https://t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050 page</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro</a> on Twitter.<br><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Launches Bus Rapid Transit Survey and Blog Sitehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2511Public Transit10/4/2022 7:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2511/Public_Transit_Newsroom_43.jpgPhoenix Launches Bus Rapid Transit Survey and Blog Site<div class="ExternalClassF4216567C0D443BA9FF68E4116FA9830"><html> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>​​Survey Open until Oct. 21</strong> <br> </p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department is starting initial design on the City's first <a href="/publictransit/brt" target="_blank">Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor</a> along 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street. To continue engaging the community in the BRT program, the city has launched a survey and the new Meet Phoenix BRT blog site <a href="https://meetphoenixbrt.com/" target="_blank">meetphoenix​brt.com</a>.  <br></p> <p>The blog site hosts a series of blogs, infographics, maps, articles and the latest BRT program information. </p> <p>Check out the site and then take the BRT survey today to provide your input. </p><p>Survey: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHX-BRT" target="_blank">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHX-BRT</a><br></p><p>Websites: <a href="/publictransit/brt" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/brt​</a>, <a href="https://meetphoenixbrt.com/" target="_blank">meetphoenixbrt.com ​</a><br></p><p>Community input will help guide the development of BRT along this corridor.</p> <p>Feedback will be accepted now through Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. </p> <p>As a new transit option for Phoenix, BRT will transform and improve transit speed, reliability and overall rider experience. The next steps for the BRT Program are to </p> <ul> <li> <p>refine the program schedule</p> </li> <li> <p>identify funding options and </p> </li> <li> <p>develop 15 percent design plans for the 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street corridor. </p> </li> </ul> <p>Together, we can create a successful BRT system that meets the needs of the Phoenix community.  </p><p><a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/2022_BRT_PressRelease_EnEspanol.pdf" target="_blank">Lea el articulo en Español (PDF)</a>.<br></p> <p> <strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a href="https://www.t2050.org/" target="_blank">T2050 page</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX" target="_blank">Phoenix Street Transportation </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro" target="_blank">Valley Metro </a> on Twitter.​​​<br><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Public Transit Launches Neighborhood Transit Studyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2478Public Transit9/14/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2478/Public_Transit_Newsroom_42.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Launches Neighborhood Transit Study<div class="ExternalClass85B70FC2D86548F7A2EA888313134240"><html> <p></p> <p>As part of the <a target="_blank" href="/t2050">Transportation 2050</a> program, the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department is launching a Neighborhood Transit Study (NTS) to get feedback from the community on existing neighborhood circulator routes such as the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/dash">DASH</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/mary">MARY</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/smrt">SMART</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules/alex">ALEX</a>. The first phase of the study will focus on the downtown Phoenix circulator known as the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH). ​<br></p> <p>The new web page on <a target="_blank" href="/publictransit/neighborhoodtransit">phoenix.gov/neighborhoodtransit</a> hosts plenty of information about what neighborhood transit is, how it is used and what the goals of the DASH study are. The web content also includes an interactive <a target="_blank" href="https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/f6dc85e6e2294a0fb84dde9be8e983eb/">Story Map</a> to view the study area and submit public comments. <br></p> <p>As part of the study, Phoenix Public Transit is seeking community input; the public and riders are encouraged to take a brief <a target="_blank" href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCDJ9SY">10-question survey</a> to provide feedback about current and future neighborhood transit conditions in the downtown DASH Phoenix area. The survey is open through Sept. 30, 2022. <br></p> <p>In addition, Phoenix Public Transit will hold a virtual public engagement meeting on Sept. 28, 2022 at 6 p.m. to present additional details about the study and gather community feedback. The survey is available online for those who are unable to attend the virtual event, but still want to provide feedback. ​<br></p> <p>Website: <a target="_blank" href="/publictransit/neighborhoodtransit">phoenix.gov/neighborhoodtransit</a></p> <p>Survey: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCDJ9SY">www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCDJ9SY</a> </p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/f6dc85e6e2294a0fb84dde9be8e983eb/">Story Map</a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://coptransit.webex.com/coptransit/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6e4b0fb972bba0df0dc74164c2e2e267">Virtual meeting</a><br></p> <p>“Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 in 2015 and already we’ve accomplished much including adding new bus shelters, added bus service and completing bus technology upgrades,” says Phoenix Public Transit Director Jesús Sapien. “It’s our goal to continue understanding our community’s transit needs and this study will allow us to do that.”<br></p> <p>For more information visit phoenix.gov/neighborhoodtransit.<br></p><p><strong> </strong></p> <div><p><strong>About Transportation 2050</strong>: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan's overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">T2050 page</a> or follow <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PhoenixMetroBus">Phoenix Public Transit</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/StreetsPHX">Phoenix Street Transportation</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro">Valley Metro</a>  on Twitter.<br></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Hosts News Conference to Highlight $16.3 Million Green Bus/Infrastructure Granthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2457Public Transit8/19/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2457/Public_Transit_Newsroom_41.jpgPhoenix Hosts News Conference to Highlight $16.3 Million Green Bus/Infrastructure Grant<div class="ExternalClass4CC7C8BFF1EA4A808EC9D27F033D8136"><html> <p>​Phoenix Public Transit is paving the way to a greener future!</p> <p>The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department a $16.3 million grant for greener (low and no emissions) buses and supporting infrastructure.</p> <p>The grant is made available through the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/#:~:text=The%20Bipartisan%20Infrastructure%20Law%20makes%2cas%20thousands%20of%20smaller%20bridges." target="_blank">Bipartisan Infrastructure Law</a> under the FTA’s <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/notices-funding/low-or-no-emission-and-grants-buses-and-bus-facilities-competitive-programs-fy2022#:~:text=The%20Low-No%20Program%20provides%2cleasing%20of%20required%20supporting%20facilities." target="_blank">Low-No Emission and Buses and Bus Facilities</a> competitive grant programs. The programs’ goal is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleets to more energy-efficient and cleaner transit vehicles.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="/newsroom/public-transit/2449" target="_blank">Phoenix Public Transit Secures $16.3 Million Green Bus and Infrastructure Grant</a></p> <p> <strong>WHAT:</strong> Press event will include guest speakers </p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> Ray Tellis, Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator </li> <li> Kate Gallego, C​ity of Phoenix Mayor </li> <li> Betty Guardado, Phoenix City Councilmember </li> </ul> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> <strong>WHEN:</strong> August 22, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.</p> <p> <strong>WHERE:</strong> Phoenix City Hall Atrium, 200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003</p> <p> <strong>​Media Contacts:</strong> <br>Gina Miller (day of event)<br>gina.miller@phoenix.gov<br>Cell: 602-478-1166<br></p> <p>Brenda Yanez<br>brenda.yanez@phoenix.gov<br>Cell: 602-571-5895<br></p> <p> <a href="/publictransitsite/Documents/Final_AdvertenciaNoticiera_GreenGrant_081822.pdf" target="_blank"> <strong>En Español</strong> </a> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
Phoenix Public Transit Secures $16.3 Million Green Bus and Infrastructure Granthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2449Public Transit8/16/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2449/Public_Transit_Newsroom_40.jpgPhoenix Public Transit Secures $16.3 Million Green Bus and Infrastructure Grant<div class="ExternalClass748FBC54F2984D159999EB4FF41C4824"><html> <p> ​​The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department a $16.3 million grant for greener (low and no emissions) buses and supporting infrastructure. The grant is made available through the <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/bipartisan-infrastructure-law/#:~:text=The%20Bipartisan%20Infrastructure%20Law%20makes%2cas%20thousands%20of%20smaller%20bridges." target="_blank">Bipartisan Infrastructure Law</a> under the <a href="https://www.transit.dot.gov/notices-funding/low-or-no-emission-and-grants-buses-and-bus-facilities-competitive-programs-fy2022#:~:text=The%20Low-No%20Program%20provides%2cleasing%20of%20required%20supporting%20facilities." target="_blank">Low-No Emission and Buses and Bus Facilities</a> highly-competitive grant programs. The programs’ goal is to support the transition of the nation’s fleet to more energy efficient and cleaner transit vehicles.</p> <p>The funding from the grant will be used to​<br></p> <ul> <li>replace aging buses with battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses,</li> <li>install new infrastructure needed for bus charging/fueling and maintenance, and</li> <li>assist in workforce development by training transit personnel to maintain the new fleet.</li> </ul> <p>Today, Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the city council expressed their support and gratitude for the federal funding, and how this is a win in moving towards implementing a cleaner and greener bus fleet.<br></p> <p></p> <p>“Phoenix is a leader in fighting climate change, and we are on our way to becoming the world's most sustainable desert city. This grant is adding to that success, increasing our ability to purchase clean vehicles and invest in needed infrastructure. A big thank you to Congressmen Greg Stanton and Ruben Gallego for their leadership and partnership in securing these funds,” said Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>“Phoenix is leading the way to an even greener fleet that is not only sustainable, but also equitable for the riders who depend on public transit across greater Phoenix,” states Vice Mayor Laura Pastor.</p> <p>“This grant gives Phoenix the opportunity to become a leader in green public transit, including developing the technology, infrastructure and training to support these advancements,” notes Councilmember Debra Stark, Chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee.</p> <p>“As the chair of the Mayor’s Electric Vehicle Ad Hoc Committee and a vocal clean transit advocate, we have worked to take advantage of every opportunity to fast-track our mission of transitioning our vehicles to low and zero emission,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. “This is the best way to tackle harmful air pollution and to ensure we can build a sustainable future for all, especially those who rely on public transit,” she added.</p> <p>“Equipping our fleet with zero- and low-emission buses allows us to continue efforts in providing our riders an efficient and green way to get where they need to go,” says Phoenix Public Transit Director Jesús Sapien. “We know public transit is a critical component of our community, and this grant further amplifies our ability to modernize our public transportation infrastructure.”</p> <p>Currently, Phoenix Public Transit has a fleet of 500 heavy-duty buses that run on alternative fuels including natural gas and biodiesel. This grant provides additional resources to add cleaner energy buses to the existing fleet. The new/greener buses are anticipated to hit the road in 2024.</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 public transit, and other transportation improvements, through <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">Transportation 2050 </a>(T2050) – 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.​ <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitPublic Transit
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

 

 

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