ADOT forms new Public Transportation Division December 23rd, 2003
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
For Immediate Release December 23, 2003
Contact: Doug Nintzel or Matt Burdick
ADOT forms new Public Transportation Division to facilitate federal and state transit programs
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Director Victor Mendez today announced the creation of a Public Transportation Division to facilitate federal and state transit programs.Â ADOT has long been involved in supporting urban, rural and special needs transit programs throughout Arizona.
â€œI am very pleased that ADOT is creating a Public Transportation Division,â€ said Governor Janet Napolitano.Â â€œIn Arizona’s modern urban centers, public transit plays an integral role in ensuring responsible, sustainable growth.Â Adding this Division is good for Arizona’s future.â€
The Public Transportation Division better positions ADOT to support public transit planning around the state.Â The agency will work with urban and rural regional partners to facilitate the development of transit programs across jurisdictions and regions.
â€œTransit is part of the multi-modal solution needed to maximize Arizonaâ€™s transportation system,â€ said State Transportation Board Chairman Ingo Radicke.Â â€œThis is an important step to prepare for the stateâ€™s growth and give people more choices in how they travel our state.â€
“It is exciting to see ADOTâ€™s commitment to changing the way the state views public transportation and providing choices in the future for all who live, work or visit Arizona,â€ said John Anderson, Executive Director of the Arizona Transit Association.
ADOT provides technical expertise to state and local decision makers about transit programs.Â The agency distributes planning, operational and capital funding for local transit programs in rural areas.Â ADOT also administers federal grants for transit planning in metropolitan areas and will perform state regulatory safety oversight for the Valley light rail system.
“This is an exciting step forward for the future of Arizona transportation,â€ said Phil Gordon, City of Phoenix Mayor-Elect.Â â€œThis positive change will guarantee not only Phoenix’s future, but the future of the entire Valley and State by unifying and integrating all modes of transportation into Arizona’s transportation infrastructure.â€
â€œGovernor Napolitano and ADOT should be commended for taking this significant step toward addressing the future transportation needs of the State,â€ added Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano, chairman of the Maricopa Association of Governmentâ€™s Transportation Policy Committee.
The Public Transportation Division joins ADOTâ€™s existing structure consisting of Intermodal Transportation, Motor Vehicle, Transportation Planning and Aeronautics divisions.