ARPA on the TIME Initiative July 31st, 2008
The Association’s Board, after reading this November’s ballot initiative, believes that its provisions for transportation improvements are consistent with the goal of improved rail passenger service and public transit in Arizona. We suggest that our members carefully consider the costs and benefits of the entire initiative.
The measure would create a fund, estimated at about $42 billion, of which over $7 billion would be channeled through ADOT and related agencies. Funds would be available for regional rail between Phoenix and Tucson, commuter rail service within the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, expanded light rail and bus service, a statewide rural bus route system, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
We await full details on the rail component of the plan, and on the phasing of monies to be spent.
Study to show Grand [Avenue] commuter rail options July 27th, 2008
A proposal for commuter rail service that would carry passengers between downtown Phoenix and Wickenburg is picking up steam.
The Maricopa Association of Governments Executive Committee this week hired URS to come up with detailed options to implement commuter service along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway line on the Grand Avenue corridor. The firm, which is based in San Francisco and has an office in Phoenix, also will look at such components as cost and potential ridership…
First Light Rail Train through Downtown Phoenix July 25th, 2008
Rest of the photos on ARPA member John Gale’s photo album, “Phoenix Light Rail – First train through downtown Phoenix”.