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Public Transit Seeks Input on Fare System Upgradeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/2816Public Transit7/21/2023 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2816/Newsroom_PublicTransit_001.jpgPublic Transit Seeks Input on Fare System Upgrades<div class="ExternalClass10F8259758774340908AF1B327177EF6"><html> <p></p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Valley Metro and the Public Transit Department are asking for</span><a target="_blank" href="https://westgroup.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDlVfrbqwwGWqkS?SOURCE=Phoenix"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> rider feedback</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> regarding proposed changes to the regional fare policy as part of the </span><a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/fares/fare-technology"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Fare Technology Modernization</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> project. Updates to the fare structure are needed to reflect the upcoming technology improvements being made to the fare collection system.</span><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Fares are not proposed for increase, but rather are being modified to reflect the system’s upgrades.</strong><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> For those interested in learning more, there will be a hybrid public hearing on Wednesday, August 2, from 5-6 p.m. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Beginning</span><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Monday, July 17 through Friday, August 18,</strong><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> riders can provide feedback in various ways: </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">• Complete the </span><a target="_blank" href="https://westgroup.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDlVfrbqwwGWqkS?SOURCE=Phoenix"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">online survey</span></a><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">• Participate in the hybrid public hearing in-person or virtually</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Wednesday, August 2 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">To participate virtually and for address, </span><a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/event/fare-system-upgrades-public-hearing/2023/08/02"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">register here</span></a><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">• Call Valley Metro public hearing voicemail: (602) 322-4479</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">• Email: input@valleymetro.org</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">• Mail: Valley Metro ATTN: Community Relations</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">101 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 1400</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Phoenix, AZ 85003 </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">In-person outreach to collect feedback will be conducted during the public comment period on-board buses, and light rail and streetcar vehicles. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Proposed changes include:<br></strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Smart Fare</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Currently, local riders purchasing passes must pay the full upfront cost: $4 for a 1-Day pass, $20 for a 1-Week pass, or $64 for a 31-Day pass. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">With Smart Fare, riders will add money to their transit account, scan their phone or tap their reloadable fare card </span><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">every time they board,</strong><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> and the appropriate fare will be deducted from their account. Regardless of how many trips they take,</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Local bus and ​​​​light rail riders paying full fare will not pay more than $4 per day, $20 per week or $64 per calendar month.</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Express and RAPID riders will not pay more than $6.50 per day or $104 per calendar month. <br style=""></span></li></ul><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Reloadable Copper Card </strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">In late 2023/early 2024, riders will have the option of using a Copper card (full or reduced fare), the mobile app (full or reduced fare) or cash. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The Copper card is a reloadable smartcard that will serve as a rider’s transit fare. The cards can be purchased and value loaded at fare vending machines, retail locations and on the new fare website. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">All Platinum Pass holders will continue to be able to utilize their pass until new ones are distributed.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Reduced Fare Account Requirement</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">All riders who are eligible for reduced fare will be required to have a reduced fare account to access the Smart Fare program at the reduced fare rate. Qualified riders will be able to apply for reduced fare via a new fare website or in person at the Mobility Center. </span><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNewspublic-transitBus rider scanning the Valley Metro mobile app upon boarding a bus. Public Transit#Phoenix #T2050 #ValleyMetro #FareTechnology #PhoenixPublicTransitFare Policy, Transportation 2050, Fare Technology Modernization, Smart Fare, Moving Phoenix ForwardBrenda Yanez602-571-5895602-261-8254brenda.yanez@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/28/Brenda_Yanez.jpgPhoenixMetroBus

 

 

World Atlatl Day 2024https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3112S’edav Va’aki Museum5/25/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3112/WorldAtlatlDay_SVM_001.jpgWorld Atlatl Day 2024<div class="ExternalClassDA51B92BB34B4991877310DCB7803D4A"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On June 2</span><sup style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">nd</sup><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, the C</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ity of Phoenix will officially celebrate it's first 602 day. Like other cities throughout the country, area code day gives Phoenix the opportunity to promote the city as a </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">great place to live, work, and enjoy live. The goal of 602 day is to partner with businesses, cultural organizations, and other groups to provide events and community engagement opportunities that cultivate. civic pride</span></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. <br></p> <p>The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. It is a stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, that  increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. ​<br></p> <p>This FREE event is open to the public with free museum admission from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">      </span></p> <p>The goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this ancient technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. S.A.L.T. is a local Arizona group whose mission is to teach, share, learn, and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Phoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3111Public Transit5/24/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3111/Central Station East Tower Newsroom.pngPhoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completion<div class="ExternalClass8E328A4B8DC04CBF995AF00B775D0E7E"><html> <p> Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project hosted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower May 23, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of Central Station.</p><div> </div> <div> Located in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Security Building, Civic Space Park, and ASU's Downtown Campus, Central Station is set to become a new city landmark consisting of two residential towers that will offer student and workforce housing, two levels of below-grade parking, City of Phoenix public transit hub, and retail/office spaces.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Slated to open in early 2025, Central Station will transform how users experience the city's primary downtown bus and light rail transit center, which serves two million passengers annually. Central Station is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and the development partners entering into a long-term ground lease for the project.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Representatives from the City of Phoenix, including Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with members from the development and project teams, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management, Medistar Corporation, Layton Construction, and Multistudio attended the topping out to celebrate this important milestone.  </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increasehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/budget-and-research/3110Budget & Research5/24/2024 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3110/Phoenix City Hall.pngTruth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increase<div class="ExternalClass90890A8C2D23431CB2A2ED63C2A90F26"><html> <p> <strong>​Tax Notice Explained</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>The accompanying Truth in Taxation notice is required by state law. The required notice addresses the city's primary property tax, which supports the General Fund services such as police and fire, parks and recreation, libraries and senior and community centers. </p> <p>The City of Phoenix's proposed primary property tax rate for 2024-25 of $1.2658 per $100 of assessed valuation is reduced from its 2023-24 rate of $1.2851 per $100 of assessed valuation. However, overall increases in assessed valuation result in a 2% increase in primary property taxes for the average City of Phoenix property owner. Individual experiences may differ based on unique property variances. </p> <p>State law requires the notice below any time the average primary property tax bill increases, even if the primary property tax rate is reduced.  </p> <p>The Truth in Taxation notice prescribed by state law does not address the City's secondary property tax. The City's secondary property tax rate for 2024-25 will be unchanged from its 2023-24 rate of $0.8141 per $100 of assessed valuation. Secondary property taxes pay the bonded debt service for facilities like libraries, police and fire stations, storm drains and parks. </p> <p>For more information, call 602-262-4800, or visit phoenix.gov/budget. </p> <p>Truth in Taxation notice publication dates and locations: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – May 24, 2024 and June 3, 2024. </p> <p>Additionally included in published estimates of revenues and expenses: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – June 10, 2024. </p> <p> <strong>Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Tax Increase</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>In compliance with section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Phoenix is notifying its property taxpayers of the City of Phoenix's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.  The City of Phoenix is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $4,177,285 or 2.00%. </p> <p>For example, the proposed tax increase will cause the City of Phoenix's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $126.58 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase). Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $124.10. </p> <p>The proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides. </p> <p>All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held June 12, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the City of Phoenix Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/budgetNews

 

 

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