Construction continues to progress on Tempe Streetcar as the 2021 opening date moves closer. Crews are now preparing for a technically challenging part of the project: installing special trackwork that allows streetcar to cross over the existing light rail tracks.
Because of this part of construction, from Dec. 21, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020, all light rail trains are estimated to arrive at platforms every 24 minutes during the entire service day. Typically, light rail service operates every 12 minutes on weekdays during peak hours, so riders will need to plan ahead to ensure timely arrival at their destinations.
The work will occur at two locations along the streetcar route, 3rd Street/Mill Avenue and 3rd Street/Ash Avenue. To safely complete this phase of the project, both eastbound and westbound trains will “single-track,” during this period. When single-tracking, trains will alternate using one of the two tracks between the 50th St/Washington and Veterans Way/College Ave stations.
The Tempe Streetcar construction project team developed this work plan based on safety, ability to maintain traffic, construction scheduling and most importantly, minimizing impacts to riders.
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