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As design elements for Tempe Streetcar move forward, community feedback is needed. Click here to view the April 19 public meeting presentation, which includes vehicle paint scheme options and conceptual lane configuration designs. Comment forms are listed in the Documents section. Your feedback is appreciated.
After reviewing community feedback, Valley Metro, city of Tempe and the construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck, developed a phased schedule that minimizes the impacts of streetcar construction in downtown Tempe. The phasing takes advantage of the summer months when schools are out, tourism is seasonally low and traffic is lighter. To view the detailed 2017 summer schedule, click here. Design work, including art and streetcar stop design, continues through 2017, with full construction starting early in 2018.
Tempe is already one of the highest public transit ridership centers in the region and Tempe Streetcar will add yet another efficient transportation option. Tempe Streetcar will connect riders to neighborhoods, major business centers and regional entertainment/event destinations.
Tempe Streetcar is a three mile route. It 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.
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.
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.
|Design||Late 2016-late 2017|