Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study

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The Downtown Phoenix Comprehensive Transportation Study was accomplished through the City's regional partnership with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) in coordination with the larger Central Phoenix Transportation Framework Study.  The effort focused on the area bounded by McDowell Road to the north, Buckeye Road to the south, 7th Avenue on the west and 7th Street on the east.  The study explored and analyzed potential roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements.  A set of transportation recommendations for three timeframes were developed using strategies and input gathered through a three-tiered public outreach process. This collaborative approach was used to ensure that ideas were received from as many people as possible and included feedback through committees, stakeholder focus groups, and public open houses.

The analysis of solutions focused on short-, mid- and long-term strategies.  A number of these strategies in the Downtown have been placed in the City's Capital Improvement Program as projects in the coming years including:

  • bike lanes on Washington and Jefferson Streets between 7th Avenue and 7th Street,
  • 3rd and 5th Avenue modifications,  and
  • 3rd Street improvements.

The overall goals were to effectively move people downtown, enhance economic opportunities, evaluate current conditions to identify transportation improvements, and identify possible changes to the transportation network to respond to recent downtown development and pedestrian, light rail, and bus activities.

Recommended strategies include: lane or street closures, changes in directional traffic flow (one-way versus two-way streets), new high capacity transit corridors, pedestrian improvements, message signs, gateway features, re-striping lanes to better accommodate pedestrian and bicycle traffic, etc.

Studies and Public Involvement:

Final Study Report


Focus Group Common Theme

Focus Group Summary Report - 10-07-13

Public Open Houses Summary Report - 11-20-13

Public Open Houses Summary Report - 02-28-14


Project Contact:    Leticia Vargas



Updated February 2021