Valley Metro Launches West Phoenix Transit Alternatives StudyWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor, Railway Age
Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix, Ariz., are conducting a study to evaluate high-capacity transit options—such as bus rapid transit (BRT), streetcar or light rail—in west Phoenix. The study area boundaries are Camelback Road on the north, McDowell Road on the south, Central Avenue on the east, and 99th Avenue on the west.
The West Phoenix High-Capacity Transit Alternatives Analysis “will ultimately recommend the best transit type and potential route(s) to meet the transportation needs of Maryvale residents,” Valley Metro reported March 6. Building upon prior studies, it will integrate other transit planning efforts, such as the Phoenix BRT project, “to achieve a cohesive, coordinated transit system.”
Community outreach and engagement will be conducted throughout the study, including public meetings and updated website information.
Once the alternatives analysis is complete, the recommended transit type and route (the locally preferred alternative) is expected to move forward for input from the community and elected officials by the end of this year.