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Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Open House to Review Tempe Streetcar Track and Stop Locations

PHOENIX, AZ — Where will streetcar stop and how will it operate in the existing street network have been topics of discussion at the Tempe Streetcar Community Working Group for the past eight months.  This group, working alongside METRO and Tempe technical staff, has debated several options, coming to conclusion on 14 stop locations and a street configuration that will best serve the project and community needs.

The public will have the opportunity to review the recommended track and stop locations at an open house on Sept. 6.  The meeting will be conducted as an open house to talk individually with community members about their interest areas, so attendees are encouraged to stop by at any time.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
6 – 8 p.m. open house
Tempe High School Cafeteria
1730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Tempe Streetcar will run between Rio Salado Parkway and Southern Avenue in the Mill Avenue corridor.  It will be built using a mix of regional Proposition 400 funds and federal grant dollars by 2016. 

Streetcar vehicles operate on tracks, typically mixed with automobile traffic, and are powered by overhead power lines.  They differ from light rail vehicles in their smaller vehicle size and single-car operation.  Stops are also more simple and frequent than light rail. 

The Community Working Group (CWG), consisting of residents and business owners along the 2.6-mile route, provided input that further refined preliminary design elements, including definition of streetcar track configuration, bicycle facilities and stop locations.

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Carla Kahn at (602) 744-5552/TTY (602) 251-2039 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Tempe Streetcar project information is available online at www.metrolightrail.org/tempestreetcar.  For more information on the CWG, visit www.tempe.gov/tim.

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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