November 21, 2007
We received an interesting report of findings from West
Group Research about people’s opinions about Toll Roads in
this state. As you know, we try to pass around information
about all forms of transportation. Regardless of your
opinion of whether you support or oppose Toll Roads, we
thought you might find this information insightful.
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Friends of Transit Tuesdays:
November 27, 2007 lunch
November 20, 2007 winners
In the News:
Fares to change as Valley Metro
goes electronic, The Arizona Republic, Nov. 19, 2007
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We gave away over
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Arizona Residents Not Excited By Toll Roads
WestGroup Research Survey Finds More Than Half View Toll
13, 2007) – It’s no secret that traffic congestion and
freeways are hot issues in Arizona. As the fifth largest
city in the country, and according to the U.S. Census the
fastest growing state in the nation, Arizona has been trying
to make up for lost time in building an infrastructure and
establishing a freeway system. Many have noted that state
and federal transportation funding will not meet the state’s
needs. So what solutions lie on the horizon? Recent
discussions have revealed - toll roads.
Funded by private companies, toll roads offer a viable
alternative to higher taxes and future gridlock. WestGroup
research asked 405 Arizona residents during the month of
October whether they favored toll roads as an alternative to
While more than a third of Arizona residents are clearly
amenable to toll roads as a solution (39% stating they were
very or somewhat favorable to the solution), more than half
indicated that they consider toll roads an “unfavorable”
option (20% + 33% stating they were somewhat to very
An additional 8%
indicated they were not sure. Interestingly, Hispanic
residents were slightly more likely to say they are “very
favorable” to toll roads as an option compared to
non-Hispanics (24% vs. 12%).
Of those who indicated they felt toll roads were a “very
favorable” alternative (13%), more than half expressed the
sentiment that it is a better option than raising taxes and
at least those who use it will be the ones to pay for it
(52%). Others cited improved and faster
access as well as improved roads (23%), and the fact that it
will help relieve traffic congestion (15%).
For residents who reported that they were “very unfavorable”
to the idea of toll roads in Arizona (33%), a quarter
indicated that the government could do better with the funds
an additional 18% simply don’t way to pay.
Other reasons included the belief that toll roads are not
the right answer (11%), general opposition to raising taxes
(8%), the belief that toll roads slow traffic down and are
inconvenient (8%), or a stated preference to raise taxes
is a telephone omnibus study that has been conducted monthly
by WestGroup Research since 1971. The October 2007 study
was conducted with a random sample of 405 statewide adults.
The sample accurately represents the market with a +5%
margin of error at the 95% confidence level.
Source: WestTrack Arizona October,2007
Monthly n= 405 adults
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The Arizona Republic
Nov. 19, 2007 03:52 PM
Valley Metro will eliminate its bus token and transfer pass
system beginning Dec. 1 to make way for a newer, redesigned
With the new system, bus users can expect a reduced price
for all-day bus passes, from $3.60 to $2.50. Single-ride
tickets will remain the same price at $1.25, but transfer
slips will be eliminated, said Susan Tierney, spokesperson
for Valley Metro.
Transfer slips are good for a bus transfer ride 60 minutes
after disembarking the first bus, but the time limit is an
inconvenience for some users, she said.
"People that transfer buses several times a day would
benefit the most from this pass because they don't have the
time limitation of a transfer slip," Tierney said. "It's the
convenience of having a transfer pass with you all the
The all-day passes are good from 4:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. the
next day, she said.
Elizabeth Encinas, 31, currently purchases single-ride bus
tickets to run her errands. She said that she usually is not
terribly restrained by the 60-minute time limit, but that
she will purchase an all-day pass when the new fare system
goes into effect.
"The all-day pass is good for if you have to go somewhere
and then back a few times," said Encinas, who usually takes
two buses to reach her destination and two buses to go back
In addition to the all-day pass, three-day and seven-day
passes will be introduced to the public for $7.50 and
$17.50, respectively, Tierney said.
"These passes are good for the out of town guests, who may
be coming in to Phoenix for a few days for a convention or
who may be spending the whole week here," Tierney said.
As for fare increases, the price of 31-day passes will go up
from $34 to $45. The price of reduced local 31-day passes
will go up from $17.50 to $22.50, and the price of express
bus/RAPID 31-day passes will go up from $51 to $68, she
Valley Metro has not changed its prices since 1994, but
rising operation costs have prompted the fare increases,
The price changes were implemented to reach the company's
"fare box recovery goal," which aims to have 25 percent of
fare revenue go to operational costs, she said.
Also, a more technologically-based fare system will make it
easier for Valley Metro to track ridership, Tierney said.
Those with already-purchased Valley Metro bus tickets and
tokens have until Feb. 29, 2008, to exchange for new fare
Orvalee Lairson, 49, said that he had previously worked as a
bus driver with Valley Metro and he didn't want to see the
fare system change.
"I don't understand why they're getting these new fare
boxes," Lairson said. "I think they should just keep the old
ones that worked just fine and just raise the price (of
tickets) instead of going all high-tech."
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