Friday, October 7, 2011

ADOT launches intercity rail study looking at potential Phoenix to Tucson link

What are your thoughts on the possibility of a new transportation connection between Phoenix and Tucson ?

If you travel between these two major metropolitan areas, the Arizona Department of Transportation wants to hear from you!

Today ADOT launches a series of public involvement tools to help explore the different travel options that could exist between the two cities. Those options might include rail, transit, or even a no-action plan.

Together with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, ADOT hopes to use the public feedback to determine some potential corridors and narrow down the types of transportation options to explore. The feedback will also assist in completing an alternatives analysis and an environmental impact study. can you get involved?

Tonight is the first of 12 open house events being held over the next month in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. 

We've also launched a website where you can watch a quick video, read the project booklet and fill out a short comment form, all without heading out to a public meeting.

ADOT even offers a free “Do it Yourself” participation kit with informational materials and a DVD outlining the study. The kit can be ordered at the Intercity Rail website and will be mailed with a postage-paid return envelope for completed comment forms (comments must be received by Nov. 14). The kits are great for showing the video and encouraging comment form completion at your next HOA meeting, or book club event.

We encourage you to really explore the website, go to an open house, watch the video above and fill out the comment form! All your input will assist Arizona policymakers to prioritize the state’s transportation needs.

Here’s a list of the upcoming meetings:

Pima County
Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
University of Arizona Main Campus Mall
1303 E. University Blvd. in Tucson

Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m.
Second Saturday
44 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson

Oct. 13, 3-7 p.m.
Pima Community College Northwest Campus
7600 N. Shannon Road in Tucson

Oct. 14-16, times vary
Tucson Meet Yourself Event Exhibitor Booth Pima County Plaza
130 W. Congress in Tucson

Pinal County
Oct. 18, 3-7 p.m.
Town of Florence Town Hall
775 N. Main Street in Florence

Oct. 19, 3-7 p.m.
Central Arizona College Signal Peak Campus, Room M101
8470 N. Overfield Road in Coolidge

Oct. 25, 3-7 p.m.
City of Eloy Council Chambers
628 N. Main Street in Eloy

Oct. 27, 3-7 p.m.
City of Casa Grande Council Chambers
510 E. Florence Blvd. in Casa Grande

Maricopa County
Oct. 11, 3-7 p.m.
Burton Barr Library Auditorium
1221 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix

Oct. 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Arizona State University Campus Mall
1151 S. Forest Ave. in Tempe

Oct. 24, 3-7 p.m.
Chandler Downtown Library Copper Room
22 S. Delaware Street in Chandler

Nov.1, 3-6:30 p.m.
Mesa Main Library Saguaro Room
64 E. First Street in Mesa


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