Voice your opinion about proposed METRO Light Rail service changes

METRO light rail will take part in a public process to hear feedback on potential service changes; any changes would occur in July 2010.   Public input will be sought on the following service change options in February and March 2010 via the cities’ public hearing process and METRO public outreach efforts.   The input will help METRO and its member cities determine the changes that have the least impact on riders and finalize fiscal year 2011 operating budget and schedule.

Changes are being considered to address a decline in sales tax revenue as a result of the slow economy.  Sales tax revenue is the largest funding source for transit service Valleywide; fare revenue supports the balance of operating costs at approximately 25 percent.  While METRO ridership has surpassed all first-year projections, riders’ fare revenue contribution cannot keep up with the drop in sales tax collections.

METRO FY 2011 Service Change Options for Public Input

Reduce peak service frequency from 10 to 12 minutes (Estimated annual savings = $401,000)

  • CURRENT: Ten-minute peak service is provided on weekdays from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • OPTION: Peak service frequency would reduce to every 12 minutes from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Reduce peak service frequency from 10 to 15 minutes (Estimated annual savings = $496,000)

  • CURRENT: Ten-minute peak service is provided on weekdays from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • OPTION: Peak service frequency would reduce to every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Shorten the 10-minute service period by two hours (Estimated annual savings = $252,000)

  • CURRENT: Ten-minute peak service is provided on weekdays from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • OPTION: The peak period would decrease by an hour on each end to 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shorten the service day (Estimated annual savings = $321,000)

  • CURRENT: Service is provided from 4 a.m. – midnight on weekdays.
  • OPTION: The service day would decrease by an hour on each end to 5 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Eliminate late-night service on Fridays (Estimated annual savings = $229,000)

  • CURRENT: Service is provided until 3 a.m. on Friday nights/Saturday mornings.
  • OPTION: Service would be provided until midnight, similar to any weeknight.

Eliminate late-night service on Saturdays (Estimated annual savings = $144,000)

  • CURRENT: Service is provided until 3 a.m. on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings.
  • OPTION: Service would be provided until midnight, similar to any weeknight.

Implement holiday service on five more days (Estimated annual savings = $40,000)

  • CURRENT: Regular service is provided on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans Day, day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
  • OPTION: Service would reduce to a Sunday schedule on these days

METRO Public Meeting

Tues., March 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center, Don Cassano Community Room, 200 E. Fifth St., Tempe

Take light rail and disembark at the Veterans Way/College Ave. station. The Tempe Transportation Center shares the same plaza as this station. Public parking is also an option at the garage located on the southwest corner of Veterans Way and College Ave.; parking will not be validated.

City of Phoenix and Tempe Public Meetings

METRO service changes options will also be presented as part of the cities’ public meeting process to field comments from residents in attendance.  The city of Phoenix public hearings will discuss proposals for the entire city budget, including possible changes to transit service.  The meetings in Tempe will be entirely transit-focused.  Click here to download a list of meeting dates and locations.  Meetings begin Feb. 10 and run through the end of March.

Other Ways to Provide Comment

Comments are also welcome by sending an email to info@metrolightrail.org including your name, address, city and contact phone or email or by downloading the comment card and mailing to METRO at 101 N. 1st Ave., Ste. 1300, Phoenix, 85003 or faxing to 602-262-2682.  To receive this information in alternative formats, call 602-253-5000 or email info@metrolightrail.org.

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