Daily Archives: December 15, 2009

Future light rail extensions to Glendale in study phase

[Source: EV Living] — Glendale is home to two professional sports franchises, an Air Force base, and more than a few casinos, but not the Metro Light Rail.  Valley Metro introduced the light rail in December, 2008, with a 20-mile route extending from Mesa through Tempe, and into Phoenix.

The light rail is the first of its kind in the Valley.  Although effective in transporting Arizona State University students between campuses, fans to downtown Phoenix sports complexes, and commuters going to work, the rest of the Valley has yet to feel its impact.  But Valley Metro has future extension plans in the works.

According to http://www.valleymetro.org, they plan to extend further into north Phoenix, further east into Mesa, and west to Glendale between 2012 and 2030.  The Valley Metro board is already beginning to enter into a study phase of five different routes to the Glendale area, Metro Light Rail Public Information Officer Hillary Foose said.

Some of the proposed routes include one to historic downtown Glendale, one west along Interstate 10 and north on Loop 101, and one going along Glendale Avenue, Foose said.  Initial plans were to have the extension go directly to downtown, however after some uproar they decided to look into other options.  “Plans are still very preliminary at this point,” she said.   [Note: To read the full article, visit Future light rail extensions to Glendale in study phase.]

Regents OK $187M expansion for downtown Phoenix medical school

[Source: Angela Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal] — The Arizona Board of Regents has endorsed a $187 million expansion for the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University.  At its recent meeting in Tucson, the board approved plans to build a 268,000-square-foot health sciences education building and other improvements on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus.  This will allow the medical school to train more physicians and strengthen the presence of the UA College of Pharmacy and other health-related colleges on the campus.

While it has been endorsed by the regents, UA must wait for a review by the Joint Committee on Capital Review before ground can be broken.  The expansion plan has been approved twice by the Arizona Legislature and signed by the governor, but still must be reviewed by the committee.  The committee is scheduled to reconvene after the first of the year.  [Note: To read the full article, visit Regents OK $187M expansion for downtown Phoenix medical school.]

Phoenix mayor asks feds for millions of dollars to help city

[Source: ABC News 15] — Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is looking for federal dollars.  The mayor is in Washington pressing the Obama Administration and Congress for millions of dollars to help the city build sewers, bridges, schools, and other capital projects.

Gordon said he will pitch projects costing between $2 million and $300 million.  He wants the money for 20 to 30 years with payments deferred for the first ten years.  If Phoenix fails to pay it back, Gordon said the city will forgo future federal funding.  Gordon reasons if the federal government can bail out banks and the auto industry, why not U.S. cities?  [Note: To read the full article, visit Phoenix mayor asks feds for millions of dollars to help city.]

Downtown Phoenix trolley route map