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Tue, Apr 21, 2015

24th Street Park-and-Ride Opens

The Phoenix Public Transit Department welcomes residents to board a RAPID™ bus in southeast Phoenix before new service starts April 27.  To introduce new riders to the limited stop commuter route, the Public Transit Department will host a welcome event and open house with Councilwoman Kate Gallego at its new 24th Street and Baseline Road Park-and-Ride 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25. As part of the event, attendees will be able to learn more about the Central South Mountain East RAPID™ route that will connect the park-and-ride to downtown Phoenix destinations along Washington Street. 

The event will also showcase a new work of art, Nothing But Flowers, by Mary Lucking. Created through the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture’s public art program, the sculptural artwork doubles as a shade structure with seating to enhance the comfort of passengers waiting to ride.  Ms. Lucking drew inspiration for the images of gardens in the shade structures from conversations with South Mountain area residents and the history of Japanese flower gardens that once lined Baseline Road.

“This new route is an important transit option for residents who work in downtown Phoenix,” said Councilwoman Gallego. “When you’re able to enjoy your commute, you can be more productive. This kind of investment in our community truly improves people’s lives.”

The new East Baseline Road Park-and-Ride has 205 shaded parking spaces for riders using the new Central South Mountain East RAPID route or who are making local service connections to routes 30-University, 70-Glendale/24th Street, and 77-Baseline.  Following the city’s commitment to build sustainable facilities, all of the site’s parking canopies will have solar panels to generate renewable energy. The project is funded by Transit 2000, the voter-approved 4/10ths of a cent sales tax supporting transit service in Phoenix, as well as capital funds from the Federal Transit Administration.

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