A Message from Gov. Napolitano March 29th, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Every time you sit, stuck in traffic on congested streets and highways, you are paying a hidden price – itâ€™s something I call the â€œtime tax.â€Â It is an especially ugly tax, because it pulls time away from the things you value most: your family, your home, your community.
We now know that Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation, and no county in this state is untouched by that growth.Â Keeping up with this demand and developing smart alternatives is a challenge we face together.
Over the past four years, weâ€™ve done a lot.Â We added more than 500 additional lane miles of freeway throughout Arizona and directed millions of dollars to improve road safety and increase capacity.Â Last year, with the help of the legislature, an additional $307 million went towards accelerating highway construction and this year, one of my budget proposals generates $400 million for transportation projects throughout the state.Â Weâ€™ve made progress, but we canâ€™t stop there.
Earlier this year, I issued an Executive Order directing the Arizona Department of Transportation to look at transportation alternatives besides freeways.Â Can we add light rail at the state level?Â What about commuter rail?Â Are there other new ideas to explore?Â What will it take to make those ideas work?
Those are the kinds of questions that will be answered when the ADOT report is presented to me in just a few weeks.Â I look forward to sharing that information with you, and to begin working with our communities toward a comprehensive, statewide transportation plan that makes sense.
As Arizona continues to flourish and grow, we will need to â€˜play it smart,â€™ and invest our precious dollars where they will count the most.Â Together, we will build an Arizona that acknowledges growth, coordinates between government and the private sector and embodies an exceptional quality of life.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please contact my office at 1-800-253-0883 and ask to speak to Constituent Services.
Yours very truly,
Light rail’s power lines are going up along Washington [Street] March 24th, 2007
“Workers are stringing light rail’s overhead power lines along Washington Street, another sign that testing trains in the street is only weeks away.
“The lines, strung between new poles spaced every 100 feet, offer a glimpse of the finished product when the 20-mile system opens in December 2008…”
Tucson set to approve streetcar route March 24th, 2007
Tucson’s modern streetcar project… is approaching the end of its gestation period… The City Council is scheduled to vote March 27 on what is called “the locally preferred alternative route.”
The route begins near Helen Street and Campbell Avenue, just south of University Medical Center. It will head south on Cherry Avenue to Second Street and the Main Gate shopping district, then go west on University Boulevard and south on Fourth Avenue.
From there it will go under the new and as-yet-unbuilt Fourth Avenue underpass. The streetcar will then head west on Congress Street and end up west of Interstate 10 in the cultural campus now under construction near the base of “A” Mountain…
Amtrak services in Arizona March 24th, 2007
|Condensed Schedules, Amtrak Arizona Service & Connections|
|Grand Canyon Railway||Open Road Tours||Amtrak Southwest Chief #3||Greyhound||Greyhound||Amtrak Southwest Chief #4||Open Road Tours||Grand Canyon Railway|
|3:15 PM||Chicago||3:20 PM|
|10:55 PM||Kansas City||7:26 AM|
|3:55 PM||Albuquerque||12:55 PM|
|4:30 PM||lv||Phoenix Sky Harbor||10:30 AM|
|5:00 PM||Phx Metro Ctr. Transit||10:10 AM|
|6:00 PM||Cordes Jct.||9:00 AM|
|6:30 PM||Camp Verde||8:30 AM|
|7:30 PM||ar||Flagstaff Amtrak Sta.||7:30 AM|
|‘—->||9:51 PM||—–v||Flagstaff||,—->||5:56 AM||—–^|
|11:20 PM||ar||Flagstaff Greyhound Sta.||1:45 AM|
|2:05 AM||lv||Phoenix Greyhound Sta.||11:00 PM|
|3:30 PM||Grand Canyon||12:15 PM|
|5:45 PM||Williams GCRY Sta.||10:00 AM|
|‘—>||10:33 PM||Williams Jct||5:20 AM||—–^|
|12:46 AM||Kingman||3:03 AM|
|5:32 AM||San Bernardino||8:29 PM|
|8:15 AM||Los Angeles||6:45 PM|
Viability, cost of rail lines questioned March 17th, 2007
from the The Business Journal of Phoenix – March 16, 2007; by Mike Sunnucks.
Gov. Janet Napolitano’s pursuit of a possible commuter rail line between Phoenix and Tucson is facing skepticism about its financial and practical viability.
Napolitano ordered the Arizona Department of Transportation to study possible rail and transit lines throughout the state, including routes between Phoenix and Tucson as well as one between Phoenix and its West Valley suburbs…
The idea of a passenger rail line between Phoenix and Tucson has been proposed before, facing similar questions about viability and cost…
“If passenger rail was cost effective, private businesses already would have done it. If we look at the Amtrak boondoggle, this really gives us food for thought,” said state Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Ron Gould…
Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett said he is open to looking at rail links between Phoenix and the West Valley, as well as Phoenix and Tucson…
“What would you do when you get there?” said Barrett, pointing out that Phoenix and Tucson do not have large downtown areas or existing mass transit like older cities such as Boston, Washington, D.C., or San Francisco…
A rail link to Phoenix has some support from business and political leaders in Tucson… John Dougherty, vice president of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, said a rail line could link to downtown Tucson and offer commuter service to Pinal and other suburbs south of Phoenix…
“We are very much in favor of rail, especially as an alternative to building ever more and ever wider freeways,” said Sandy Bahr, state director for the Sierra Club…
Rest of the story at the Business Journal