Today, Arizona’s State Transportation Board approved a state rail plan that should be a big step forward in potentially building passenger rail in Arizona.
Our friend Serena Unrein from PIRG wrote about today’s activities in the Huffington Post. Serena’s “On Track For Passenger Rail” article explains the details and lets us know some of the reasoning behind why many people are interested in the subject.
“The Arizona Department of Transportation now moves forward with a study to determine the best corridor for the Phoenix-Tucson intercity rail.” – Huffington Post
Today, I spoke with Serena and got to hear some more of the details of today’s events. “It’s a big deal” said Serena, there were over 1000 petitions signed in support and many small businesses have been very helpful in raising awareness for the need to have passenger rail in Arizona. If you want to learn more, feel free to join Serena along with Eric Emmert of the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance, Small Business Owner Jade Meskill, and others on Monday to get the scoop. See the information below concerning Monday’s meeting: Of course you can follow PIRG on Twitter or check out their Facebook page for updates, as well. And, if you are really cool, you will check out RailLife on Facebook, too. 🙂
Businesses, Transportation Advocates Celebrate Passage of Plan to Bring Passenger Rail to Arizona and Highlight Potential for Arizona’s Economy
WHAT: Members of the business community and transportation advocates will celebrate the passage of the first-ever statewide plan for rail transportation in Arizona and discuss what it means for Arizona’s economy. The State Rail Plan, which was adopted by the State Transportation Board Friday, prioritizes passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson. The State Rail Plan is a crucial first step for building passenger rail in Arizona.
WHEN: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Eric Emmert, East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance
Jade Meskill, Small Business Owner
Serena Unrein, Arizona PIRG Education Fund
WHERE: Phoenix Union Station
401 South 4th Avenue, Phoenix
CONTACT: Serena Unrein, Arizona PIRG Education Fund