Phoenix Light Rail News
June 14, 2013 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm #213840
Can Phoenix Reinvent Itself as a Transit City?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
by Angie Schmitt
Perhaps no other city in the country has the reputation for sprawl that Phoenix does, and it is well deserved. This is a city built around the car — until 2008, sprawling suburban housing in Maricopa County was the driving force of the regional economy.
Phoenix got a rude awakening in 2008, when the housing crash came. That same year, however, two fateful events occurred: The city’s light rail system opened and Arizona State University started its School of Sustainability. And out of that symbiosis, Reinvent Phoenix was born.August 16, 2014 7:56 pm at 7:56 pm #1035057
Citizen panel to draft light-rail growth plan
Caitlin McGlade, The Republic | azcentral.com 6:59 p.m. MST August 13, 2014
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton wants to triple Metro light rail’s mileage over the next 30 years. But to do that, the city would likely need to go back to voters to fund it.
READ MORE: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/08/12/phoenix-mayor-stanton-wants-expand-light-rail/13957029/September 16, 2014 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm #1041847
South Phoenix Light Rail Expansion One Step Closer Thanks to Federal Grant
By Matthew Hendley Mon., Sep. 15 2014
Phoenix’s Public Transit Department scored a federal grant that city leaders see as a big step toward expanding light rail into South Phoenix.
READ MORE: http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/09/south_phoenix_light_rail_expansion_one_step_closer_thanks_to_federal_grant.phpJuly 29, 2015 11:50 am at 11:50 am #1087084
Valley Metro: Development along light rail tops $8 billion
Jul 28, 2015, 10:41am MST
Eric Jay Toll
Development driven by light rail now tops $8.2 billion, with nearly $5 billion in Phoenix alone along the 20-mile route, according to data compiled by Valley Metro and announced today by a coterie of local mayors. The construction data is for projects open or under construction within a half mile of light rail stations. The new data do not count proposed projects or projects completed prior to light rail construction’s 2005 start.
READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2015/07/28/valley-metro-development-alonglight-rail-tops-8.htmlAugust 31, 2015 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm #1091045
Why you don’t see more vacant lots along light-rail route
Catherine Reagor, The Republic
MST August 28, 2015
The next time you ride light rail or drive along the many main streets it chugs down from Phoenix to Mesa, imagine as many as 25 more vacant lots and empty, rundown buildings along the route. One of those empty lots would have been on the southwest corner of First Avenue and Roosevelt Street.
That prime corner in downtown Phoenix had been vacant for more than 50 years. MetroWest Development had to move utility and water lines, narrow a street by a lane and close a short, one-way street before it could start construction on the [email protected] apartments earlier this year.
READ MORE: http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/real-estate/catherine-reagor/2015/08/28/phoenix-light-rail-route-projects/71275354/September 20, 2015 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm #1094017
Celebrations planned as light rail extension opens
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 4:00 pm
By Shelley Ridenour, Tribune
The red carpet is getting rolled out in downtown Mesa on Aug. 22 as the community celebrates the first extension of the light rail system in the Valley.
READ MORE: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/article_bd1faea0-46a6-11e5-8129-7f0abed27a6e.html
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