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DVC December 13, 2014 Meeting Agenda

C604RWHo Ho Ho Friends of Downtown Voices Coalition:

Time once again for DVC’s monthly Steering Committee Meeting. Please join us on Saturday, December 13, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Roosevelt Commons Clubhouse, 825 N. 6th Avenue. This is the group’s annual holiday mixer, so we’ll try to keep business “short and sweet.” And you’re welcome to bring a holiday treat for all to enjoy.

As Santa would want, take a peek at Saturday’s DVC agenda. Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice since we last met? New items are highlighted in red. The “other” bullet points allow for new/other/just-came-up items to be discussed under each section.

Welcome & Introductions

DVC Business

  • Proposed 2014 Recap of Issues & Actions (Tim Eigo)
  • Treasurer’s Report (Louisa Stark)

Today’s Guest Speaker

  • Jonathan Koppell, Dean, ASU College of Public Programs; Lattie & Elva Coor Presidential Chair, ASU School of Public Affairs

Development Updates

  • Jefferson Hotel/Barrister Place (Mark Davis)
  • Containers on Grand (Kathleen Santin)
  • Other

Community/Neighborhood Updates

  • City Observatory Report on High Poverty Neighborhoods
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services Overflow (Capitol Mall)
  • Airport Flight Pattern Changes (various downtown neighborhoods)
  • State Fairgrounds (Fairview Place)
  • Status of Ted DeGrazia Murals, 222 E. Roosevelt (Evans Churchill)
  • Hance Park (Evans Churchill)
  • Other

Transportation/Streetscape Updates

  • City of Phoenix Ordinance Review re trees, trees, trees
  • Transit Open Data Release
  • Other

New/Other Business

  • PlanPHX “next steps”
  • Other

Adjournment… to holiday mixer

At any time you’re welcome to check out our Downtown Phoenix Community Calendar, online here. If you know of events to add to the calendar, please send us an email.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! Thanks for all that you do for our community. Happy Holidays!

Tim Eigo

Chair, Steering Committee

Downtown Voices Coalition

City plans to cut free downtown Phoenix DASH bus route

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Phoenix plans to downsize the free Downtown Area Shuttle’s bus routes on July 26, but a downtown business group is lobbying prevent some of the cuts.   Because of city budget reductions, the DASH will lose its “downtown loop,” which stops at or near many key downtown cultural attractions, including the Phoenix Convention Center, Heritage Square, hotels, and the Orpheum Theatre.  The more heavily-used “government loop” will continue.  It links the county government campus and the state government complex, which lie farther west.

The change will save Phoenix’s Public Transit Department $317,000 annually in its $175 million bus operations budget.  “When we cut there is a method to the madness.  We want to affect the least amount of people,” transit spokeswoman Yvette Roeder said.  The government loop had 459,984 boardings in fiscal 2009, city figures show, while the downtown loop had 71,266 boardings. A boarding is a one-way trip made by one rider.

The Downtown Phoenix Partnership wants the city to save at least part of the downtown loop, said David Roderique president and CEO of the business group. The partnership, which contributes $18,000 annually to the DASH, plans to meet with transit officials in a few weeks to discuss options, Roderique said.   [Note: Read the full article at City plans to cut free downtown Phoenix DASH bus route.]

Major changes to Valley Metro bus service coming in December

[Source: City of Phoenix] — Bus service in Phoenix will undergo significant alterations on Dec. 29, so passengers should double check their routes and bus schedules before they travel.  The Phoenix Public Transit Department is making a number of changes to Valley Metro bus service within the city to connect passengers with METRO light rail; and, because of funding reductions, has suspended bus service for a number of early morning and late night bus trips during the weekdays, as well as bus frequency levels on Saturdays.  The Phoenix City Council hopes to restore service when the economy improves.

“Every passenger’s situation is different, so our best advice is to plan ahead by checking the bus and rail schedules; for many riders their usual route or schedule may be changing on Dec. 29,” says Public Transit Director Debbie Cotton.  She adds that to help passengers understand the changes, transit staff will be at Phoenix transit centers to answer questions (see schedule below) and information will be available online in early December.

On Dec. 29, some bus routes along or intersecting with the light rail route will be permanently changed to complement light rail service: the Red Line is eliminated (in Tempe and Mesa, as well) with most of the route replaced by light rail; the Blue Line (renamed Rt. 39-40th St.) south of Camelback Road is eliminated; and Route 15-15th Avenue is extended to serve both the Metrocenter Transit Center and Sky Harbor Airport. In addition, adjustments will be made to routes: Route 1-Washington/Jefferson, Route 13-Buckeye, and Route 60-Bethany Home Road.

Weekday bus trips will start within Phoenix after 5 a.m. and before 10 p.m. — the exact start times for trips vary from route to route.  Late night service will be available if the trip begins before 10 p.m., allowing the bus finish its route.  Other changes include:

  • Saturday service – frequency levels on all routes will be similar to that of the Sunday schedule
  • I-17 RAPID – elimination of one afternoon trip
  • SR-51 RAPID – reconfiguration of route to serve CityNorth (56th St. & Deer Valley Road); elimination of two afternoon trips
  • Phoenix Neighborhood Circulators – Saturday service changes for ALEX, DART, Deer Run, MARY, and SMART
  • DASH Downtown Loop – elimination of late night service 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Phoenix buses carry about 161,000 boardings each weekday, or about 70% of all bus riders in the Valley.  Phoenix transit service has several funding sources based on sales taxes that haven been in decline: Transit 2000, a citizen-approved sales tax for transit improvements; the city of Phoenix’s general fund, and a one-half-cent regional sales tax for transportation.

The bus schedule changes will be available in the December 2008 edition of the Valley Metro Transit Book and online.  In addition, public outreach meetings will be held in early December:

  • December 1, 4:30 – 9 a.m. Central Station, Central Ave & Van Buren St
  • December 1, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Ed Pastor Transit Center, Central Ave & Broadway Rd
  • December 2, 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 3, West Mezzanine
  • December 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St
  • December 3, 5 – 7 a.m., Paradise Valley Transit Center, Cactus & Tatum roads
  • December 4, 4:30 – 9 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Metrocenter Transit Center, Metrocenter Mall
  • December 5, 4:30 – 9 a.m., Sunnyslope Transit Center, Third Ave & Dunlap Rd
  • December 5, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Central Station, Central Ave & Van Buren St
  • December 5, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Desert Sky Transit Center, 75th Ave & Thomas Rd

Check out new bus designs, submit your top downtown Phoenix spot, and win prizes

Old Dash...We Want New Dash!The Phoenix Public Transit Department is celebrating the upcoming July 28 launch of its new DASH routes and the bold, newly painted DASH buses by holding a contest that asks people to tell them their favorite places in Downtown Phoenix.  The contest begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 21 and ends at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28.  The department will post illustrations of the new bus paint schemes along with a contest ballot box at the courtyard kiosk at Central Station (Central Avenue and Van Buren Street).

People are encouraged to stop by the kiosk to check out the new bus paint schemes, which include bold new colors and decals of various activities available in Downtown Phoenix.  The decals portray all facets of downtown ranging from work and play to education and dining.  Some decals include a cupcake icon to represent bakeries, a bistro icon to represent restaurants, and music notes to represent musical attractions.

While checking out the new bus paint schemes, people can enter to win several Downtown Phoenix-themed prizes by simply submitting a favorite downtown restaurant, school, sports complex, cultural attraction, or retailer.  The contest is open to all ages, and participants need not be present to win but must include contact information on their entries to be eligible.  Submissions are limited to one per person, must be completed and submitted during regular business hours of operation (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday) and must be turned in no later than 11 a.m. on July 28.  [Note: For complete details, click here.]