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Federal Government Advances Full Funding for Northwest Light Rail Extensionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2116Public Transit10/22/2021 7:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2116/Public_Transit_Newsroom_43.jpgFederal Government Advances Full Funding for Northwest Light Rail Extension<div class="ExternalClass4E73465E279B4F8AB787EA241DF2A68C"><html> <p style="text-align:center;">USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) action greenlights the next step in connecting the West Valley to downtown Phoenix and the East Valley via light rail. </p> <p>Federal and local leaders are pleased to see the $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) for Valley Metro’s Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II (NWE II) advance to Congress for review.  This highly competitive grant will complete the funding necessary for this project, with the final grant signing anticipated in early November.  <br></p> <p>The NWE II gives new communities greater access to major destinations along the existing light rail line. Those destinations include educational institutions, employment centers, entertainment amenities as well as the airport. The extension also will link the West Valley to high-capacity transit as a convenient and reliable travel option.  <br></p> <p>1.6-mile extension will connect the current end-of-line located at 19th Avenue and Dunlap to Metrocenter Mall at approximately 29th Avenue and Dunlap. The extension is unique: it will reach its destination via a bridge over the Interstate 17 highway and terminate at the region’s first elevated light rail station platform. The project also includes three transit stations, a multi-modal transit center, a parking garage and extensive public art. <br></p> <p>USDOT’s announcement means a $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) will be dedicated to the project. Total cost of the NWE II is $401 million and includes $213 million in local Transportation 2050 (T2050) monies; $30 million from regional transportation sales tax funds; and the $158 million federal grant in the pipeline. <br></p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the project will now be able to meet its intended goal: to breathe new life into the neighborhoods around Metrocenter. “Projections tell us this new section of rail will serve 5,700 daily riders, and that the majority of riders will come from households without cars, opening up new options for good jobs and a good education,” said Mayor Gallego. “This will stand as a legacy project in Councilmember Ann O’Brien’s district, and for Councilmember Laura Pastor, who I recently appointed to represent Phoenix on the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors.”<br></p> <p>“Today’s funding announcement represents a critical next step in the Northwest Light Rail Extension. Investing in Arizona’s public transit creates jobs, expands transportation options, and grows Arizona’s economy,” said Arizona’s senior U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act I negotiated with Senate Republicans and the White House includes historic investments in public transit projects like this, and I’ll continue supporting crucial infrastructure investments in our state and creating opportunities for all Arizonans.”<br></p> <p>Funding of the Northwest Light Rail Extension project will expand Arizonans’ access to reliable public transportation and connect them to more economic opportunities,” said Arizona U.S. Senator Mark Kelly, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Upgrading and modernizing our transportation infrastructure remains one of my top priorities which is why I worked to secure key investments in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. I will continue working to ensure that Arizonans see more critical investments into our state’s infrastructure.”<br></p> <p>“Years of work and advocacy have made this project possible. When it’s complete light rail will be a new connection to the Northwest Valley, opening it up to new economic opportunities—jobs, private and public investments, education, health care, social services and more,” said Rep. Greg Stanton. Stanton has been a fierce advocate for public transit since his time as mayor of Phoenix, leading the charge on T2050, one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country—a bipartisan, voter-backed plan to extend Phoenix’s light rail system, expand bus service, and improve thousands of miles of roadways over the next 35 years. He has continued to fight for federal funds and increased resources for the CIG program as Vice Chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.  <br></p> <p>“As America’s fifth-largest city, Phoenix requires robust infrastructure that brings better jobs and opportunities for our residents,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego. “The Biden Administration recognizes these needed investments, and I’m excited by the announcement of full funding for the Northwest Light Rail extension. Whether going to work, out to a restaurant, or to shop, this redevelopment will connect our city in a new, innovative way.”<br></p> <p>“Moving a million more people across the Valley in the next three to five years is our regional transportation challenge," said Valley Metro Rail Board Chair and Mesa Councilmember Francisco Heredia. “The Northwest Extension Phase II will be instrumental in increasing access, connecting neighborhoods, reducing future congestion and, ultimately, providing high-quality, affordable public transportation to generations. Thank you to our partners at DOT and FTA for sharing our vision, now and into the future."​<br></p> <p>Work on the Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II is expected to be complete in 2024. ​<br><br></p> <p>About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved <a href="/t2050" target="_blank">T2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan​</a>. 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 from federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitLight Rail ConstructionPublic Transit#T2050 #NWEII #PhoenixLightRail #ValleyMetroRail #FullFundingGrantAgreement #Grants #Mobility #PhoenixPublicTransit #FederalGrantsTransportation 2050, Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II, Valley Metro Rail, Full Funding Grant Agreement, Phoenix Public Transit, Moving Phoenix ForwardBrenda Yanez602-571-5895602-261-8254brenda.yanez@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/28/Brenda_Yanez.jpgPhoenixMetroBus

 

 

Burton Barr Central Library To Host Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Jun. 20https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3137Library6/18/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3137/Newsroom_Libraries_001.jpgBurton Barr Central Library To Host Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Jun. 20<div class="ExternalClass649E9591A9114228A5007BF2C91AA8F8"><html> <p> Join us on the 5th Floor of Burton Barr Central Library to celebrate the <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/12295942" target="_blank">Summer Solstice </a>on Thursday, June 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  </p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Welcome the first day of summer and the longest day of the year while witnessing the architectural magic of Burton Barr Central Library. Observe the moment when man-made engineering combines with the power of the sun to reveal the moment of solstice. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Since 1995, it’s been a tradition to welcome guests at Burton Barr Central Library on this special day. Residents leave in awe of the light and community that shines through this building. This year, Phoenix Public Library celebrates milestone markers such as the 90th anniversary of Arizona Room, the 15th anniversary of College Depot, and adding new amenities such as the Bookmobile to our catalog of cornerstone public resources.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>What to Know: </strong>This year’s commemorative Summer Solstice prints will pay homage to James McClintock and Dorothy McClintock, whose donation made the Arizona Room possible. We will also have special John Milton prints to celebrate the <a href="/newsroom/library/3099" target="_blank">historic treasure recently discovered in the Rare Book Room​</a> and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library will have t-shirts for sale.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>Activities: </strong>Head to <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/12387838" target="_blank">MACH1 to celebrate the Summer Solstice​</a> to create your own solstice sun catcher! Using collaged tissue paper, we'll learn all about light and color and create fun sunlight-catching art pieces for you to hang up on your window at home. This is a walk-in program for children of all ages and their families.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Music will begin at 11:30 a.m. The solstice presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m.</span> </div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNews
Safety Considerations While Driving During Monsoon Stormshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3136Police6/18/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3136/Newsroom Graphic Monsoon.pngSafety Considerations While Driving During Monsoon Storms<div class="ExternalClassF0D2DF5C7CA74A50B93D8B9ADA5F273A"><html> <p>​Stay safe before, during and after the storm hits. Inclement weather forms rapidly during our monsoon season and presents a dangerous driving conditions for all valley drivers.</p> <p>With the monsoon season upon us, heavy rains, strong winds, and flash flooding will be experienced by many Phoenicians. The Phoenix Police Department would like to remind our community of a few safety tips before, during and after monsoon storms. </p> <p>Before leaving check: <br></p> <ul> <li>Gas is topped off</li> <li>Windshield wipers are good</li> <li>Major components in your car are working</li> <li>Recent weather reports</li> <li>Your travel route and secondary routes</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>If you find yourself driving DURING a monsoon storm don't panic and follow the 1-2-3's<br></p> <ol> <li>Slow down and pull into the nearest parking lot or residential street </li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Turn your lights off</span> </li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Wait out the storm</span> </li> </ol> <p></p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> </p> <p>If you are on the freeway and cannot exit to find a parking lot:<br></p> <ol> <li>Pull off to the far-right side of road and turn you lights off<br></li> <li>Set parking brakes and keep feet off the pedals<br></li> <li>Wait out the storm <br></li> </ol>After the storm: <br><ul><li><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Have a towel and water bottle to clean your windows. This will provide a better view for your drive home. </span></li><li><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Driving after a haboob storm take your time, the roads will be covered with objects left over from the wind such as down trees, power lines and pooled up water areas.</span></li></ul></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews
Phoenix Fireworks Shows Return in 2024https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3134Parks and Recreation6/17/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3134/Fabulous-Phoenix-Fourth.jpgPhoenix Fireworks Shows Return in 2024<div class="ExternalClass244F2B2B1D674A099D86B80625E51D18"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce the return of its annual fireworks events, Fabulous Phoenix 4th, Light up the Sky and After Dark in the Park. <br></p> <p>Fabulous Phoenix 4th takes place at Steele Indian School Park (300 E. Indian School Road) on Thursday July 4, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Light Up the Sky occurs on Wednesday, July 3, 2024,  from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  at American Family Fields of Phoenix, 3600 N. 51st Ave.  </p> <p>After Dark in the Park takes place on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Deer Valley Park, 1 9602 N. 19th Ave. Fireworks being at 8:45 p.m.</p><p>The 36th Annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th features one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest with more than 7,800 aerial effects. This free, non-alcoholic family event attracts thousands of attendees.</p> <p>The event will include a spectacular fireworks display with plenty of food, music, and games for all ages. We look forward to seeing you all at Fabulous Phoenix 4th!</p> <p> <b>Know Before You Go<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Please note on July 3, the entire park will be closed for event load-in until 6:00 p.m. event time on July 4.</span> </p> <p> <b>Is there an admission fee?<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Admission is FREE! Vendors will be selling a variety of items, including food and beverage, arts and crafts, and promotional items. </span> <em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ATMs will NOT be available for this year's event, please plan accordingly.</em> </p> <p> <b>How do I get to the event?<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Fabulous Phoenix 4th is held at Steele Indian School Park, located at 3rd St. and Indian School Rd. There is no vehicle entrance and no public parking at the event. There are three pedestrian entrances: Central Ave. and Glenrosa Ave., 3rd St. and Indian School Rd., and 7th St. just north of Turney Ave.</span> </p> <p>Learn more about road closures for the event on the <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4/know-before-you-go" target="_blank"><strong>Know Before You Go</strong></a> site.<br> <br><b>What should I definitely bring?<br></b><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Lots of cold water! Though water will be available for purchase at the event, having an ample supply of water will help ensure that you stay hydrated. Also, it's suggested that you bring shade. Personal shade devices are allowed and encouraged, however, at sunset all standing shade devices must be lowered and safely put away.</span></p> <p> <b>What items can I NOT bring?<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Items you cannot bring include drones, alcohol, fold-out tables, personal fireworks, barbecue grills, glass bottles, pets (service animals are permitted), laser pointers, skateboards, inline skates and kites. Fishing is prohibited during the event.</span> </p> <p>For more tips and information, visit our <a href="/parks/special-events/fabphx4" target="_blank"><strong>Fabulous Phoenix 4th website</strong></a>. For recorded event information call 602 534 FEST (3378).<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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