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Mon, Oct 24, 2011

METRO Receives Grant Award for South Central Corridor

PHOENIX, AZ — METRO and City of Phoenix applied for and won $1 million from the Federal Transit Administration’s Alternatives Analysis (AA) competitive grant program.  METRO will conduct an AA, analyzing various high-capacity transit alternatives, for the South Central Phoenix corridor on Central Avenue between downtown Phoenix and Baseline Road.

An AA consists of evaluating the feasibility of several high-capacity transit routes and modes, including light rail, bus rapid transit and modern streetcar.  The study will also develop preliminary ridership forecasts, cost ranges, engineering and community issues and economic development opportunities.  The end result is identification of a single transit route and mode that best serves the South Phoenix community and larger transit system.  An AA study takes approximately two years to complete and is the first step in the process to compete for federal capital funds.

“Connecting where people live to where jobs and services are located is important to our quality of life, and becomes more important given where developments have occurred in the last decades,” said Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor.  “With this funding the City and METRO light rail will be able to explore and identify how to make the best use of the South Central corridor to connect residents from the south and southwest areas throughout Phoenix.  This study gives everyone an opportunity to discuss possibilities and constraints to help put the best plan forward.”

METRO previously received $500,000 from this same grant program to initiate a preliminary feasibility study of light rail in this corridor.  The study’s scope will be enhanced to complete a formal AA with a budget now totaling $1.5 million.

About METRO 

METRO is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system.  The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 12.6 million riders in 2010, exceeding the prior year by 11 percent.  METRO serves an average of 40,000 riders each weekday while also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.

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