Getting There: We’re on the verge of a big day for transit in the East Valley. On Wednesday, there will be a ceremony, a media briefing and a vote, all aimed at improving commuters’ lives.
We’re on the verge of a big day for transit in the East Valley. On Wednesday, there will be a ceremony, a media briefing and a vote, all aimed at improving commuters’ lives.
These events were not coordinated, I’m fairly sure, but they’ll work together in expanding our transit network.
To the tick-tock:
10 a.m. — Out at Superstition Springs Center, local dignitaries gather for the groundbreaking of a new transit center. This will be the hub of local bus service (Routes 30, 40, 45, 61, 108 and 533), plus the eastern terminus of the Valley Metro Link bus line to the Sycamore light-rail station.
This is the first construction project associated with Link, which opened on Dec. 27 — the same day as Metro light rail. To follow are 26 Link stations along Power Road and Main Street.
The ceremony is taking place on the south side of Superstition Springs Circle, south of the mall near the park-and-ride lot. Attendees should park near the Macy’s.
1 p.m. — Officials from Metro and Mesa brief the media on the recommended path of high-capacity transit through downtown. The alignments under study are First Avenue, First Street and Main Street.
This information is embargoed until the next morning, when it will be publicly unveiled at the City Council’s study session.
5 p.m. — The Regional Council of the Maricopa Association of Governments gives the final approval to how federal economic stimulus funding will be divvied up for local transit projects.
According to a list approved last week by Valley Metro’s board of directors, two projects in the East Valley stand to receive a good chunk of that money.
A Bus Rapid Transit line, like Mesa’s Link, from Chandler to Mesa on Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive, would get $15 million. The route would start at the park-and-ride lot near Tumbleweed Park, and deliver passengers to the Sycamore station. Chandler officials said this might even be a precursor to, some day, light rail running along that same route.
And $9 million will be spent on a park-and-ride lot located at Country Club and US 60.
Like I said, it’ll be a big day. To stay on top of developments, keep reading the Tribune.