Last month videographer Efrain Robles shot this time lapse video of downtown Phoenix as the sun sets and the traffic is heavy.
The December 3, 2008 meeting of the METRO I-10 West Downtown Community Working Group has been cancelled and rescheduled to January 28, 2009. Considering that the Project Team does not have any new information to present at this time, they decided to cancel. Next meeting details:
- Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
- Place: METRO Offices, 101 N. 1st Ave., #1300 (13th Floor)
- RSVP: Rob Antoniak 602-385-1614 or e-mail
- An agenda will be seen approximately one week before the meeting
Two public meetings are planned for the METRO I-10 West high capacity transit study. At these meetings, METRO will present the study’s initial results and recommendations on the possible alignment routes, station locations, and type of transit mode (light rail or bus rapid transit) for this future extension. To date, METRO has identified the median of the I-10 West as the preferred transit alignment route between 83rd Avenue and the I-17 freeway. The alignment connecting from the I-17 to the downtown Phoenix light rail line including various station locations and type of transit mode are still under evaluation. You are encouraged to attend these meetings and provide input.
- Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
- Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
- Place: Carpenter’s Union Training Center, 4547 W. McDowell Rd.
The I-10 West Community Working Groups (CWG) were established to ensure pubic participation in the process which will help guide the direction of the alignment, transit technology, and station locations for the study area. The Downtown CWG represents the study area east of the I-17. The Mainline CWG represents the study area west of the I-17. Both CWGs meet once a month (see meeting details below). Stakeholders within the study area are encouraged to participate.
- Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (Note: They usually are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except during holidays.)
- Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
- Place: Metro Office, 101 N. 1st Ave., #1300
[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.
METRO invites you to participate in the community working group being formed for the I-10 West high capacity transit extension study. METRO is performing an I-10 West Alternatives Analysis to determine a route and transit technology that will connect the West Valley to the light rail starter segment. The boundaries used in the analysis are 7th Street to 83rd Avenue and Thomas Road to Lower Buckeye Road. The analysis is in the Tier Two phase; a detailed technical analysis will be applied to the possible alignment options and transit technologies that are under consideration in order to identify a recommended alignment and transit technology.
As METRO moves forward with the Tier Two phase, the I-10 West Community Working Group (Downtown) is being established to ensure that your respective organization/community is represented in this process which will help guide the direction of the alignment, transit technology, and station locations for the study area east of the I-17.
A community working group is also being formed to represent the area west of the I-17. Beginning in May 2008, the I-10 West Community Working Group (Downtown) will meet each month through approximately November 2008. The first meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 22, 2008 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at the Metro Office located at 101 N. 1st Avenue, #1300, Board Room in Phoenix. If you are interested in participating, contact Monica Hernandez via e-mail or phone 602-322-4427.
The public is invited to attend a public meeting (either March 4 or 5) to review the potential routes and transit options that are being considered for the Metro I-10 West extension to the West Valley. For flyer with meeting dates, times, and places; agenda; and map of route study area, click on i-10_west_flyer_page_11.jpg.