[Source: Casey Newton, Arizona Republic] — For almost 30 years, commuters have relied on Phoenix’s reversible lanes to ease their morning and afternoon drives. That could change this week, when the Phoenix City Council meets to consider eliminating them. The council will hear the issue Tuesday, more than a year after receiving complaints from people who live and own businesses along Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue. The lanes operate on weekdays during peak travel times, from McDowell Road to Northern Avenue on Seventh Avenue and from McDowell to Dunlap Avenue on Seventh Street. In the morning, the center lane is used by motorists traveling south. In the afternoon, the lane reverses for use by motorists traveling north.
Phoenix’s streets staff said the lanes improve commute times, reduce air pollution, and discourage fed-up motorists from cutting through neighborhoods in search of faster routes. If the lanes are eliminated, morning commutes to downtown Phoenix are expected to nearly double: from 15 minutes to 29 minutes on Seventh Avenue, and 25 minutes to 44 minutes on Seventh Street.
But residents and business owners blast the lanes as a dangerous anachronism installed before Phoenix had Arizona 51 or Interstate 17. They say the lanes hurt business and diminish the quality of life between Camelback Road and downtown Phoenix. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]
To voice your opinion:
- What: The City Council meeting at which members will discuss eliminating reversible lanes
- When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 7
- Where: City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix