Daily Archives: January 10, 2009

Phoenix light rail ridership meeting projections, officials say

[Source: Glen Creno, Arizona Republic] — Metro light rail estimates it is on track to meet or beat its ridership projections for the year.  The agency puts out its first official monthly totals in the middle of next month.  But based on estimates, Metro believes its daily ridership from Monday of this week to today ranges from 20,000 to 30,000.  The monthly totals will be based on automated counters in train doorways.  Metro did a first-week estimate to give an early snapshot on ridership.

Metro had projected that the 20-mile system that connects Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa would average 26,000 daily boardings per work day in its first year.  Metro opened on Dec. 27, and this week was its first full week of paid service.  Metro expects a bump in ridership when Arizona State University students return to class later this month.  Metro runs near ASU’s Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Agenda set for Jan. 15 meeting of Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

[Source: Ruth Ann Marston] — The next regular meeting of the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition will take place Thursday, January 15, 2009, starting at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Elementary District #1 Governing Board Room (turn south off Palm Lane, just east of 7th St., meeting in northeast corner of campus).  Top topics of discussion will be:

  • Update on planned preservation of The Light of the World Church, 1206 N. Laurel Ave. (Pastor Carlos A. Montemayor)
  • Phoenix’s Planned Urban Development (PUD) ordinance — threat or promise for historic preservation in Arizona?
  • Light Rail — Can we help to make it better?
  • Planning for 7th Annual Arizona Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference, June 18 – 20, downtown Phoenix Hyatt
  • 2nd Annual Historic Photographs Fair, Saturday, January 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Free admission to the Arizona Historical Society Museum, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe — Still time to enter!

For more information, visit the organization’s website here.