Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area

Public Meetings

Tempe Streetcar Public Meeting
September 13, 2017
6-8 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Tempe Transportation Center
Don Cassano Room
200 E. 5th Street, Tempe


Documents


Project Details

Status:Under Construction
Region:East Valley
Type:Extensions/New Service

Contact:

Jordan Brackett
Community Outreach Coordinator
602.744.5552
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Mary Ann Miller
Business Assistance Coordinator
602.792.8816
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Tempe Streetcar

Tempe Streetcar

Status

Construction on the Valley’s first streetcar is underway. The initial phase of construction consists of underground work to make way for the future trackway. The construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck, is sequencing the work on the three-mile project. The phased schedule minimizes the impacts of construction in downtown Tempe by restricting a majority of work on Mill and Ash avenues to three summers (2017, 2018 and 2019). Work will occur elsewhere along the alignment throughout the next three years.

Next Steps

Vehicle paint scheme options, art concepts and stop designs are under review and continue to advance. A public meeting to review 60 percent design will be held on September 13. Click here for more information on the public meeting.

Background

Tempe is already one of the highest public transit ridership centers in the region and Tempe Streetcar will add another efficient transportation option. Tempe Streetcar will connect riders to neighborhoods, major business centers and regional entertainment/event destinations.
The three mile route will travel on Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue. It will make a downtown loop on Mill and Ash avenues and continue south to Apache Boulevard. It will then turn east to Dorsey Lane, connecting to the Dorsey/Apache Blvd. light rail station. The project is estimated at $186 million and will be funded using regional Proposition 400 funds, local funds, and federal grant dollars.
Tempe Streetcar_MAY 2017 map

The project received a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in October 2015, which indicates that the project will have no significant environmental effect on the neighboring communities. The FONSI comes following the project’s Environmental Assessment (EA), which evaluates the potential impacts to the neighboring environment, including noise and vibration, traffic and parking, and historical and archaeological resources. Click here to view the project environmental reports.

About Streetcars

Streetcar is an important addition to developing a comprehensive transit network in this region. It supports the existing transit system and community with its ability to attract new riders, increase mobility, strengthen existing neighborhoods and create sustainable development. Streetcar typically deploys vehicles that are smaller than light rail vehicles and that operate individually, not linked together.

Timeline:

Event Schedule
Design Late 2016-late 2017
Construction 2017-2020
Opening 2020

Project Partners


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