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Federal Transit Administration Intends to Award $530 Million Grant for Light Rail Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/1655Public Transit12/7/2020 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1655/Public_Transit_Newsroom_33.jpgFederal Transit Administration Intends to Award $530 Million Grant for Light Rail Project<div class="ExternalClassFF4FADA2FA814CA0AE38C843A647B1E9"><html> <p> The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Friday announced its intent to award $528,830,295 for the construction of the 5.5-mile South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, connecting South Phoenix to the regional light rail system. </p><p> </p> <p>These funds constitute nearly 40 percent of the total project cost and follow two prior allocations that have contributed to the full grant amount. This announcement signifies the final step before the Full Funding Grant Agreement is signed, which is anticipated in January 2021. </p> <p>“It is thrilling to see this grant agreement, which comes at a time when investment could not be more important,” said Phoenix Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Vice Chair Kate Gallego. “We have been working towards this day for years and it is a personal passion for me because of the economic development, business, education and community connections that light rail can deliver.”</p> <p>In addition to 5.5 miles of new track, the project also includes the construction of a Downtown Hub which will create a two-line light rail system and provide support for major events in the region, such as Super Bowl LVII in 2023. It also represents reinvestment in the entire corridor and community with upgraded utilities, sidewalks, landscaping, local art and mobility being enhanced as part of the project.</p> <p>“We are grateful for the federal government’s continued support of public transportation in Maricopa County,” said Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith. “We are proud of our relationship with the U.S. Department of Transportation and FTA and look forward to delivering a project that will honor the life and work of the Honorable Ed Pastor.”</p> <p>Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly also praised the grant, recognizing the potential for new jobs and economic opportunities.</p> <p>“Today’s funding announcement of the South Central Light Rail Extension will create jobs, expand transportation options and grow Arizona’s economy,” said Senator Sinema.<br></p> <p>“This is a significant investment in South Phoenix and the entire Valley. By connecting South Phoenix with the rest of the Valley Metro light rail, this project will give folks a reliable transportation option and increase economic opportunity.” said Senator Kelly. </p><p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><strong>About South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project</strong>: With the voter-approved <a target="_blank" href="https://www.t2050.org/">Transportation 2050 citywide transportation plan</a>, the timeline for the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub">South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub</a>  is advanced by 11 years. The extension will connect to the light rail system in downtown Phoenix and travel south to Baseline Road. With eight new stations and art elements, the 5.5-mile expansion links South Phoenix to other areas of the Valley. The project includes a transit hub in downtown Phoenix, which supports improved access to education, entertainment and employment centers around the Valley. Valley Metro is collaborating with 18 artists to design art installations throughout the extension. <br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p><p><strong>About Valley Metro</strong>: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers  alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following Valley Metro on  <a href="https://www.facebook.com/valleymetro/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/valleymetro/?hl=en" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/ValleyMetro" target="_blank">YouTube</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/valleymetro?lang=en" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or by visiting <a href="https://www.valleymetro.org/" target="_blank">valleymetro.org​</a>.<br></p><div><br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitConstruction on the South Central light rail extensionPublic Transit#Transportation2050 @valleymetro #SouthCentralLightRail #Phoenix #DowntownHub #PublicTransit #T2050 Transportation 2050, Public Transit, Phoenix, South Central Light Rail Extension, Downtown Hub, T2050, Mobility, Transit OptionsBrenda Yanez602-571-5895602-261-8254brenda.yanez@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/28/Brenda_Yanez.jpgPhoenixMetroBus

 

 

Ceremonial Street Signs Installed to Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2494Street Transportation9/23/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2494/Pastor Stewart sign installation.jpgCeremonial Street Signs Installed to Honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. <div class="ExternalClass1268FBE152344B558EACCEC72938898D"><html> <p>​In partnership with First Institutional Baptist Church, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department on Friday unveiled and dedicated ceremonial street signs at the intersection of 12th and Jefferson streets that honor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., the church's the long-time senior pastor and a prominent community activist. The ceremonial signs are mounted on the intersection's northeast and southwest traffic signal poles to designate the location as Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. Way.<br></p> <p> Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor and District 4 Councilmember Laura Pastor, and District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia joined a host of church and community leaders to give remarks and celebrate the installation of the signs. <br></p> <p> Dr. Stewart, Sr. has served as senior pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church since 1977 and is a community activist who advocates for the spiritual, social and economic needs of the community. He is known for preaching and teaching "Jesus is Justice" in 38 states and 51 countries, and is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contributions to the community. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.fibcaz.org/drwarrenhstewartsr">Read a complete biography about Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr.</a></p> <p> Phoenix follows a <a target="_blank" href="/streetssite/Documents/Ceremonial_Street_Sign_Procedure.pdf">Ceremonial Street Sign Procedure</a> to honor landmarks and people of historical significance. The signs feature a blue background with white lettering. The requesting organization or individual is responsible for the fabrication, installation, maintenance and repair of ceremonial signs, which require City Council approval. The Street Transportation Department fabricates and installs all of the city's street name, speed limit and traffic control signs. </p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Installation of the signs was approved by City Council during its Formal Meeting on August 31, 2022.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Critical Incident Briefing: September 10th, 2022 – 39th Avenue and Cactus Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/24959/23/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IetHaJZFp8wCritical Incident Briefing: September 10th, 2022 – 39th Avenue and Cactus Road<div class="ExternalClass2A33537CA85B4A8E9FEC3832C2F97A43"><html> <p>​​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p><p> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on September 10<sup>th</sup>, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 39<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Cactus Road near the employee parking lot entrance of the Phoenix Police Cactus park precinct. Phoenix Police 911 operators received several calls saying a man was armed with a samurai sword and striking the police station fence near the employee gate. </p> <p>The man was later identified as 40-year-old Aaron Baughman.</p> <p>Witnesses saw Baughman walking to the fence by the employee entrance of the precinct and pulling out a sword from his waist band. Baughman then began hitting the fence with the sword for several minutes. </p> <p>A few minutes later, a two-man patrol unit arrived, and the officers got out of their car. Baughman began to move towards the officers with the sword raised. The officers ordered Baughman to drop the sword but he continues in their direction. This is when the officer involved shooting occurred.</p> <p>After the shooting, Baughman remained on the ground as a vehicle pulled up. A man driving the vehicle got out and began walking toward Baughman. The officers gave the man multiple commands to stop. The man did and he was detained. It was later determined he was Baughman's father.</p> <p>Officers provided aide to Baughman until fire personnel arrived. </p> <p>Baughman was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The sword used by Baughman was recovered on scene. The officers involved in this shooting have been with the department for two years and are assigned to the Cactus Park Precinct.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>Video
2022 Disability Awards and Recognition Event Virtual Celebrationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/439Equal Opportunity9/22/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/439/Newsroom_EOD_006.JPG2022 Disability Awards and Recognition Event Virtual Celebration<div class="ExternalClass7CA98B4E30534B60A399AC87F6EDC206"><html> <p>The Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI), Equal Opportunity Department and members of the disability community will be hosting the <strong>virtual</strong> MCDI 2022 Disability Awards and Recognition Event (D.A.R.E.), at <strong>5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3.</strong> </p> <p>Every year, the D.A.R.E. honors exceptional individuals, organizations and businesses for their dedication and service to the disability community, and for dedicating their lives to enhancing Phoenix's quality of life for all citizens and communities. </p> <p>The award categories this year include Architectural, Business, Nonprofit, Community Service, Outstanding Educator, and the Detective Walter Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award, also known as the Pride of Phoenix Award.<br></p> <p>Join us to honor the awardees and see the incredible work they do each day in their communities and greater Phoenix. </p> <p>To watch the virtual celebration on Oct. 3 or at a later date, visit <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/Youtube.com/CityofPhoenixAZ__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21IKUDTTcpuLq-1Abx9wS4DwUKmjb9tVSN_xG5rmuepzAWcAnLfRizbKfKfq3m9NanxbrvTqM$" target="_blank">Youtube.com/CityofPhoenixAZ</a>. ​<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews

 

 

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