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Scottsdale/Rural Road LINK Project Definition Study

Background
Scottsdale/Rural Road is identified as a high capacity transit (HCT) corridor in the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Transportation Plan originally adopted by voters in 2004. There have been numerous studies since that time which have developed and evaluated HCT alternatives to enhance and improve transit services on Scottsdale Road. The most recent is the Scottsdale/Rural Road Alternatives Analysis (AA) Study prepared in 2011. That study recommended Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Scottsdale/Rural Road, operating in mixed traffic between the Tempe Transportation Center and the Thunderbird Road park-and-ride, with a future potential extension to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.

Description of the Study
The Scottsdale/Rural Road LINK Project Definition Study is a follow-up to the 2011 AA Study and is being undertaken to determine how BRT service can be implemented on Scottsdale/Rural Road, including

  • the length and exact location of the route
  • where the stops could be located
  • how many and what kind of buses could be used
  • what could be the hours of service and frequency.

Another important aspect of this study is evaluating how this potential service will coordinate with other existing and planned transit service, including local and express bus routes and light rail.

The Scottsdale/Rural Road LINK Project Definition Study is expected to be complete by late 2013/early 2014. If the results of this study receive local and regional approval, the project would then be carried forward into preliminary design, final design, and construction/implementation.

Scottsdale/Rural Road LINK Project Definition Study Area

Public Involvement
Public comment is a critical component of this project and will be solicited throughout the process. To be added to the Scottsdale/Rural Road LINK Project Definition Study distribution list, please contact Lisa Procknow Saldin, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 602.495.8213 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Title VI Proposed Policies

Valley Metro is developing policies for local, express, neighborhood circulators, and rural routes to ensure that changes in transit service and fares are implemented in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Public comments were accepted through March 7, 2013, and a public meeting occurred on March 5, 2013. The Regional Public Transit Authority and METRO Board of Directors will review public input and staff recommendations on the policies at their March meetings.

Major Service Change Policy

Not all service changes will require a Title VI analysis. The new guidelines require Valley Metro to establish the level or threshold of when a service change is considered a major change.  Once this threshold is reached, an analysis would be done to determine if there is an impact.

Valley Metro’s policy proposes that any increase or decrease in service greater than 25% of a route’s existing service level would be a major change to the route. For example, if Valley Metro proposes to reduce a 10-mile route by three miles this would be a 30% change to the route; therefore, requiring a Title VI analysis. A threshold of 25% is proposed as it is consistent with local and national norms.

Fare Equity Policy

Any proposed fare change requires a Title VI analysis. Valley Metro needs to establish a threshold for comparing the impacts a proposed fare change has on riders. The objective of this comparison is to ensure riders are being charged equitably based on the ridership demographics of the services they use, such as local or express service.

Valley Metro is proposing the threshold to be between 3% and 5%, with a single value in the final policy. The threshold determines if there is an impact, not the percentage the fare will be increased or decreased.  A threshold of 3% would potentially require more frequent fare adjustments. A 5% threshold would provide slightly more flexibility in managing future fare adjustments and provides for a greater range between local and express fare types. The threshold of approximately 5% is proposed as it is consistent with the Federal Transit Administration’s practice.

For information, please contact Lisa Procknow at (602) 495-8213 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) states that “no person in the United States, shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” In addition to prohibiting discrimination, it is the intent of Title VI to ensure all community members have the opportunity to participate in decisions regarding the provisions of public service

Regional ADA Paratransit Improvements

Regional Paratransit Study

Operational review of current Regional Paratransit services. Develop a detailed plan to identify demand needs and specific routes needed to support this bus system and routes included in the Regional Transportation Plan and coordinate services with demand needs.

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Listed below is the final report, the executive summary, and the questions and answers regarding the study.

Executive_Summary_6-27-08.pdf
Final_Report_6-27-08.pdf
Questions__Answers_1-31-08_final_edits_1.pdf

Park-and-Ride Re-prioritization

This project will review and analyze the conclusions of the 2001 MAG Park & Ride Site Selection Study in light of the transit service improvements identified in the 2003 Regional Transportation Plan.  The project will revisit the Study’s park & ride priority rankings to insure that they conform to the transit service phasing identified in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Proposition 400, which was approved by Maricopa County voters in 2004.  The project will also address three additional regional park & rides identified in the RTP that are not included in the MAG Park & Ride Study.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Main Street BRT Corridor Study

Planning study defined the operating and capital characteristics of the Main Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.  This will be the first arterial street based BRT implemented under the Regional Transportation Plan and funded through Proposition 400.  With the completion of this study, RPTA and the City of Mesa are now moving forward with implementation of the corridor.  A consultant has been retained to conduct predesign and design work of associated infrastructure, including stations and intersection improvements.  Service on the Main Street BRT is slated to begin in December of 2008 to coincide with the start of service on the light rail transit (LRT) line that will link the communities of Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix.

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Bus Stop Inventory and Design Guidelines

Collection and review of current bus stop locations and amenities along current and future regional routes included in the Regional Transportation Plan. Develop standards and identify needs for bus stop improvements along regional routes and preparation of a coordinated implementation program plan.

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

700 MHz Wireless Communication System Project

Develop a needs assessment for radio communications requirements for the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA,) primarily Tempe and Mesa, and Valley Metro Rail (VMR) related to voice and data requirements. The emphasis is to focus on coverage, capacity, reliability, and maintenance for all functional areas of communication.

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Surprise Short Range Transit Planning Study

Develop a transit plan for the City of Surprise. The study will develop recommendations for transit routes and associated infrastructure and an action plan that will guide implementation of the Plan’s recommendations.

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Service Effectiveness and Efficiency Study

Study to determine overall performance of current bus service offerings through a detailed analysis of performance factors. Outcomes should include strategies to improve, eliminate or modify lowest performance-related services and development of recurring evaluation strategy and methodology that can be applied to a regular rating process.

 

Peoria Transit Planning Study

Develop a transit plan for the City of Peoria. The study will develop recommendations for transit routes and associated infrastructure. An action plan that will guide implementation of the Plan’s recommendations will be developed.

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Freeway Express Bus BRT Operating Plan

Develop a detailed operating plan for the freeway express/BRT routes identified in the Regional Transportation Plan as well as identify vehicle and infrastructure investments needed to support said routes.

Resources

Comprehensive Arterial BRT

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.

Arizona Ave Design Concept Report

UPCOMING EVENTS
There are no upcoming meetings scheduled.