Daily Archives: December 10, 2008

Voice your opinion about Valley Metro’s potential fare hikes

[Source: Valley Metro] — Valley Metro, the regional public transit agency, is hosting public hearings to receive the public’s input on proposed changes to the fare structure that guides the price of bus service (local, regional, express, and RAPID), Phoenix and East Valley Dial-a-Ride, and METRO light rail service.  Public hearings encourage riders and interested individuals to give input on the proposed fare changes.  A final recommendation will be presented to city councils as required and the Valley Metro Board of Directors in early 2009.

The last fare change occurred in December 2007, which included the elimination of transfer.  Current proposed fare changes are due to a decline in sales tax revenues that fund a majority of transit service in the Valley.  The proposed fare changes include a fare increase of up to $1.00 on a one-ride local fare that is currently $1.25 and price increases on the all-day, 3-day, 7-day and 31-day passes.  The new fares could be in effect in July 2009.

Comments are being accepted through January 24, 2009 in the following ways: public hearings, e-mail, customer service phone line, and written responses mailed to Valley Metro RPTA.  Details for the Phoenix meetings are given below.  With the exception of the Jan. 15 meeting, open house begins at 5:30 p.m. and public hearing presentations and public input starts at 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 ~ Sunnyslope Community Center, 802 E. Vogel Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85020
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 ~ Cesar Chavez Public Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, Laveen, AZ 85339
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 ~ Maricopa Association of Governments, #200, Saguaro Room, 302 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 (open house begins at 12:30 p.m. and the public hearing begins at 1 p.m.)

Other methods to give input on the proposed fare changes:

  • E-mail comments
  • Customer Service will accept comments at 602-253-5000
  • Written comments can be sent to: Valley Metro RPTA, Attn: Fare Program Manager, 302 N. 1st Ave., #700, Phoenix, AZ 85003

North High in midtown Phoenix starts teen TV show

know99’s cameras went to North High School in midtown Phoenix, where a new show for teenagers is being produced.  The show, called T4, will begin airing in January.  American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, is one of the first guests.

Who owns the West (and half of Arizona)?

[Source: Strange Maps] — The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) — nearly 30% of its total territory.  These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and preserves, and indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture).  They are managed by different administrations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S Bureau of Reclamation, or the Tennessee Valley Authority.

This map details the percentage of state territory owned by the federal government.  The top 10 list of states with the highest percentage of federally owned land looks like this:

  1. Nevada 84.5%
  2. Alaska 69.1%
  3. Utah 57.4%
  4. Oregon 53.1%
  5. Idaho 50.2%
  6. Arizona 48.1%
  7. California 45.3%
  8. Wyoming 42.3%
  9. New Mexico 41.8%
  10. Colorado 36.6%

[Note: To read the full blog entry, click here.]

1902 Dining Hall next rehab project at Steele Indian School Park

Dining Hall, Steele Indian School Park (photo: phxpma)

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix] — Exterior abatement work is currently underway on the 1902 Dining Hall at Steele Indian School Park.  Lead paint from the exterior brick and wood surfaces are currently being removed using hand tools (to ensure that the soft historic brick is not damaged).  The exterior rehabilitation project includes roof repair and replacement, exterior brick repairs, window and door restoration, and other miscellaneous exterior work items.  Additional funds are needed to address the interiors and for the building to accommodate a new use.

The exterior rehabilitation project, funded with 2006 Historic Preservation Bond funds and Native American gaming monies, is slated to be completed in late spring 2009. Brycon, the contractor for Dining Hall, is also set to begin work within the next few weeks on the exterior rehabilitation of the adjacent 1932 Grammar School/Band Building.  [Note: For more information about the city’s historic preservation program, click here.]