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Old September 10th, 2015, 01:43 AM   #161
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some parts of the shaded portion do have seating.

There are some photos on the artist's website:

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Old September 15th, 2015, 07:13 AM   #162
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Does the dream system have shaded seating and/or A/C seating?
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Old September 16th, 2015, 06:17 PM   #163
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FTA announces TOD grants
16 Sep 2015

USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced grants totalling $19·5m from its Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program on September 14. The funding will go towards detailed planning in 17 metropolitan areas.

‘Transit-oriented development is critical to the success of new projects and to the economy of the local communities they serve’, said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan.

Six of the 21 projects concern BRT corridors. The remaining 15 cover a mixture of urban rail modes

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Valley Metro and the City of Tempe have been earmarked $250 000 for a two-year pilot programme for TOD along the Tempe Streetcar route

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Old September 16th, 2015, 08:59 PM   #164
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Does the dream system have shaded seating and/or A/C seating?
Haven't thought about that, but now that you reminded me, I think I would include shaded seating at the stations, and would add shaded seating to the existing stations.

Going back to the talk about colors and line assignments, I wonder if more light rail lines are built how will they designate each line. I really hope the existing line doesn't get called the Pink Line, since it serves an up and coming gay area (Melrose). Calling it the Pink Line would be too stereotypical and could be offensive to some gays. It should be called the Red Line, because that is typically the color assigned by most transit agencies to their first built rail line. The Pink Line designation is best reserved for a potential Chandler/Williams Field/Power Line, since much of that area is politically conservative and thus probably has a lower than average gay population.

At the same time, calling it the Brown Line wouldn't be ideal either, since there are quite a few Hispanic areas along the line (west Mesa particularly comes to mind). The Brown Line designation is best used for a potential line serving Scottsdale.
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Old October 15th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #165
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I was thinking about this, but in the city of Casa Grande in Pinal County (which is part of the Phoenix MSA), the only bus service is the CART bus, which only has two routes and has only a few runs per day.

Since Casa Grande now has over 50,000 residents per the 2014 Census estimate, I think they are prime to have their own bus system. Casa Grande is a fast growing city and is on the road to becoming its own employment center for the county. I don't think there is a real need to connect Casa Grande to Valley Metro; I think they can use their own bus system.

What does anyone here think?
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Old November 6th, 2015, 04:46 AM   #166
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Second Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Phoenix

Light Rail
Phoenix / Valley Metro Rail, Inc. - 40,700 (2015) : -2.10%

Bus Ridership
Phoenix / City of Phoenix PTD - 122,800 (2015) : - 2.79%
Phoenix / Valley Metro - 54,000 (2015) : -6.81%
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Old November 16th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #167
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Northwest extension testing begins - 2015.11.18

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Trains Moving along Northwest Extension
Mon, Nov 16, 2015

PHOENIX, AZ – On Wednesday, November 18, Valley Metro will begin vehicle and system testing on the Northwest Phoenix light rail extension, preparing for the safe start-up of revenue service. As part of testing, trains will begin moving on 19th Avenue from Montebello Avenue to Dunlap Avenue. Testing allows for a full inspection of the system, including track and overhead wire, and operations staff training.

Trains will be seen sporadically as testing dictates and will run more regularly as we approach the opening of the extension in March 2016.

Safety tips during testing:
• Obey all traffic signals and message boards
• Keep in mind that high voltage wires will be live as trains operate along the tracks
• Always use designated pedestrian crosswalks
• Light rail trains are quiet. Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horn.
http://www.valleymetro.org/pressrele...west-extension
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Old December 6th, 2015, 06:35 AM   #168
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Here is a Future Wiki page that I created for Valley Metro:
http://future.wikia.com/wiki/Valley_...y_Andros_1337)

Included are my dream light rail routes, new bus routes, and my preferred future bus and rail fleets.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 09:49 PM   #169
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From Metro Magazine:

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Valley Metro sets launch date for rail extension
December 11, 2015



Valley Metro Rail will open its second light rail extension on 19th Avenue in Phoenix on March 19, 2016, giving more riders regional access to destinations across the Valley.

“This is a significant day for Phoenix,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “The opening of the Northwest light rail extension will ease travel to school, work and entertainment. With the additional three-miles of track, riders have access to a 26-mile system, making connections from Dunlap Avenue, to downtown Phoenix, Tempe and into the heart of Mesa”

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A contractor has been selected for the Gilbert Road extension (1.9 miles and 2 stations - Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road)


http://www.valleymetro.org/projects_...l/gilbert_road

http://www.enr.com/blogs/5-southwest...uction-in-2016

Construction expected to begin August 2016 with completion in September 2018
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Old January 7th, 2016, 02:33 AM   #171
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Northern Avenue station (opening 2016.03.19)



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Old January 7th, 2016, 02:41 AM   #172
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Northern Avenue station (opening 2016.03.19)



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Nice pics!! I can't wait to go on the light-rail again. It's been a long time.
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As of today, a strike is ongoing with Transdev-Phoenix, who operates the North and South Phoenix Divisions:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/...know/78286082/

Interestingly, the Transdev-Phoenix drivers are the highest paid in the Valley. Apparently the drivers want longer breaks and more lax uniform rules.
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3rd Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Phoenix

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Phoenix / Valley Metro Rail, Inc. - 42,700 (2015) : 5.80%

Bus Ridership
Phoenix / City of Phoenix PTD - 123,400 (2015) : -2.44%
Phoenix / Valley Metro - 56,600 (2015) : 1.18%
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From Rail Journal:

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Phoenix Valley Metro launches LRV tender
Wednesday, January 13, 2016



PHOENIX Valley Metro has launched a tender for a contract to supply additional LRVs for the expansion of the light rail network in the state capital of Arizona

The Multi-Year Light Rail Vehicle Acquisition Program specifies a base order for 11 LRVs with an options for up to 58 additional vehicles over a seven-year period.

A pre-proposal conference for prospective bidders will be held in the city on March 3 and the deadline for expressions of interest is April 11

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Phoenix OKs earlier opening dates for three light-rail extensions

source: http://progressiverailroading.com/pa...ensions--47114

Map showing new completion dates in black (old dates in gray):



http://www.valleymetro.org/pressrele...ation-of-t2050
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Old January 27th, 2016, 08:39 PM   #178
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Phoenix OKs earlier opening dates for three light-rail extensions

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http://www.valleymetro.org/pressrele...ation-of-t2050


Great news!

To note, the 10-West extension to Tolleson has the dates switched
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Old January 28th, 2016, 08:27 PM   #179
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Great news!

To note, the 10-West extension to Tolleson has the dates switched

Very good news. Here are my opinions:
  • The existing route plus the Northwest and Gilbert Road extensions IMO should be the Red Line, but I would extend it further east to Superstition Springs Center.
  • The Blue Line should include the Capitol Extension as well as part of the existing route to Downtown Mesa, but I would extend it further west to Westgate in Glendale.
  • The Tempe Streetcar should be the Green Line.
  • I would combine the South Central extension with the Northeast Transit Corridor into a single line and call it the Silver Line.
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President Obama designates $75 million to Tempe streetcar project

source: http://ktar.com/story/900024/preside...etcar-project/
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