September 18, 2018
On Saturday, September 15, Valley Metro held the last of its six community meetings to discuss two-lane vs. four-lane configuration of the South Central Light Rail Extension. The purpose of these meetings was to provide specific information and address community concerns surrounding the light rail extension, which will stretch 5.5 miles from the current system in Phoenix to Baseline Road on Central Avenue.
Over the course of the meetings, Valley Metro and City of Phoenix staff had more than 450 conversations with community members providing information on the differences of a two-lane vs. four-lane configuration, how the project will be funded, and the potential economic impact of the expansion into South Phoenix. In addition, participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and better understand the project. Overall, more than 400 questions were answered, and Valley Metro was able to provide clarity on several misconceptions surrounding the project.
All presentations, FAQs, and community questions from these meetings can be found at valleymetro.org/southcentral.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2018, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity transit extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. In October 2017, the Boards approved a “Respect the Ride” Code of Conduct, focusing on creating a safe and positive rider experience, while also discouraging disruptive, intrusive, unsafe or inappropriate behaviors in a public setting. Get the latest news by following us onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.