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-transitPhoenix Public Transit BusPublic Transit@PhoenixMetroBus #T2050 #PhoenixPublicTransit #FederalGrants #LowNoEmissionBusesTransportation 2050, Phoenix Public Transit, Moving Phoenix Forward, Federal Grants,Brenda Yanez602-571-5895602-261-8254brenda.yanez@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/28/Brenda_Yanez.jpgPhoenixMetroBus



Phoenix to Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2514Environment & Sustainability10/5/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2514/Newsroom_OEP_01_owlB.jpgPhoenix to Celebrate Urban Wildlife Conservation Day<div class="ExternalClassB5C39894D44142428935C0F1FD3BF2ED"><html> <p></p><span style="font-size:16px;">On Saturday, October 8, 2022 the public is invited to join the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Audubon Society for a celebration of <a href="https://www.fws.gov/project/rio-reimagined" target="_blank">Urban Wildlife Conservation Day</a>. The free community event is a chance for volunteerism, family fun, and local food. Mayor Kate Gallego will also be signing an Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) to support bird conservation.</span><br style="font-size:16px;"><br><strong style="font-size:16px;">Location:</strong><span style="font-size:16px;">  Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 2439 S Central Avenue. Phoenix AZ, 85004</span><br><br style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>Schedule of events:</strong></span><br style="font-size:16px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:16px;">7 a.m. - Salt River clean-up activity starts (no registration needed)</span></li><li><span style="font-size:16px;">8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Community activities</span></li><ul><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">2nd Annual 'Walk for the Wild'</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Audubon Native Plant Sale</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Nature Tent with fun presentations</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Story Walk for kids</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Community partner booths</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Food trucks - Pupusas Transitenas and Kona Ice</span></li><li style="text-align:left;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:16px;">Performances by Native American flute musician Ed Kabotie</span></li></ul><li><span style="font-size:16px;">​​9 a.m. - Mayor Gallego, USFWS, and Audubon Southwest sign Urban Bird Treaty</span></li></ul><p>UBT partnerships work on bird habitat conservation, bird hazard reduction, and community engagement in bird-related conservation, education, science, and recreation, especially for diverse and underserved communities. The partnerships provide these communities with opportunities to connect with nature through bird related activities.<br></p><p>Phoenix is known for its sprawling structure, diverse neighborhoods, and unique landscape. Over 300 bird species are known to breed in Arizona and many of them face a tenuous future due to water uncertainties and climate shifts. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Let Us Know What Topics are Most Impactful to Youhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/1476Equal Opportunity10/5/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1476/Newsroom_EOD_014.jpgLet Us Know What Topics are Most Impactful to You<div class="ExternalClassBA656C7663484A93B960A0CCD011BB7D"><html> <p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>The City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission and the Equal Opportunity Department are organizing free, virtual and in-person programs for 2023. They would like to hear your ideas and comments on the topics that are most impactful to you. Your answers will help them determine what topics and speakers to present.</p><p>Please provide your ideas and feedback by completing this <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUNDFZV1ZCQjYxVVdLUkdBN0xUNzRaQlFBVi4u&wdLOR=c452E834B-9D87-49AD-BB34-27E1BE47AB89" target="_blank">five-question survey</a>.</p><p>The mission of the <a href="/eod/commissions/humanrelations" target="_blank">Human Relations Commission</a> is to promote respect and understanding among all groups by eliminating discrimination throughout the city of Phoenix. The Commission is an advisory body to the Equal Opportunity Department whose purpose is to provide advice to the City of Phoenix to enable the City to meet the needs of its residents. The Commission provides educational awareness to the residents of Phoenix on issues impacting the community.</p><p>For more information, contact Shanna Archie at shanna.archie@phoenix.gov.</p><p> ​<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
New Cross-Field Taxiway to Connect North and South Airfields | News Feedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/phxtv/2513PHXTV10/5/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/qdk0Zcqs584New Cross-Field Taxiway to Connect North and South Airfields | News Feed<div class="ExternalClass4593B381F52D450BB832C4BFF1183711"><html> <p>Representative Greg Stanton, Mayor Kate Gallego, and the White House’s Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu today discussed a $194 million federal investment to construct a new 2,000-foot taxiway at our airport. This is the first project in the City of Phoenix to benefit from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The new taxiway will join the north and south airfields on the west end of the airport, allowing for better aircraft flow for airfield operations.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/phxtvVideo



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