Phoenix will soon open the starter line for light rail. It will go from Bethany Home Road north of downtown Phoenix past the Diamondacks and Suns homes to the airport. From there it will go to downtown Tempe and ASU. Ending up in the west part of Mesa. I lived in St. Louis when the light rail opened up and it was a huge success. I look for the same kind of results here in the Valley of the Sun.
Now Metro Light Rail has scheduled two meetings to discuss a second line into South Tempe and West Chandler. If you’d like to know more about it, you should attend or stop back here for a recap of the meeting from me.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Corona Del Sol High School
1001 East Knox Road
Tempe, AZ 85284
Just north of Ray on Rural Road.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
Tempe Public Library
3500 South Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
Just north of I-60 on Rural Road at the
corner of Southern.
I’d love to see a line go down Rural to Chandler Blvd, then east past Chandler Fashion Center to downtown Chandler.
I attended the meeting at Corona Del Sol HS last night. Metro did a great job having many display boards and information packets that we could take home. I would say there were about 50-100 people at the meeting. Lots of folks from Metro, Tempe and Chandler to answer questions. The jist of the meeting was to let the citizens know that they are considering four different routes for light rail and/or commuter rail. The Tempe branch of the Union Pacific Railroad, Mill Av/Kyrene Rd, Rural Road and McClintock road with extensions to hook up with the Chandler Fashion Center.
The Scoping Brochure, that we all received goes into more detail and I recommend you read it for yourself. There’s six extensions throughout Maricopa County that are being considered and you can find information about all of them on Metro’s webpage.
Several people asked questions about commuter parking, impact on their neighborhoods, impact on automobile traffic and the roles of each city in determining the final route. There was a court reporter taking the minutes which I’m sure will be available from Metro soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask here and I’ll try to get an answer for you, or of course, you can ask Metro directly.