[Source: Arizona Republic] — Public meetings are scheduled in Phoenix over the next two weeks to discuss how to best transport commuters along Interstate 10 in the West Valley. Meetings are scheduled in Phoenix on Thursday and Nov. 13 to give a project update and share the latest analysis of an Interstate 10 West transit corridor study. The I-10 West transit corridor project is examining the potential for a light-rail or bus rapid transit-service connection to the West Valley.
Considerations being evaluated include how to connect this transit corridor with the 20-mile Metro light-rail starter line, station, and park-and-ride locations and the transit mode that best meets the needs of this area. Metro plans to use the 50-foot median of I-10 West between I-17 and 83rd Avenue for this transit service. Several routes east of I-17 are still being evaluated for their connection to the State Capitol and downtown Phoenix.
Over the past several months, analysis has been conducted for the various options on capital cost, travel demand, land use compatibility, connectivity to the regional transit network, potential economic development opportunities, environmental factors and other components. Metro and Phoenix staff will be on hand to review the project’s status, listen to comments, and answer questions. The meeting dates and locations are:
- Thursday, Nov. 6, 5-7 p.m., University Park, Safe Haven Room, 1002 W. Van Buren St.
- Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m., Carpenter’s Union Training Center, 4547 W. McDowell Rd.
Opportunities for public involvement will continue throughout the project development process, according to Metro officials. Those unable to attend the meetings may send their comments to Monica Hernandez at 602-322-4427 or via e-mail. Meetings are held in buildings that are handicapped-accessible. Any individual who requires special assistance should contact Hernandez at least 48 hours before the meeting.