The Tempe Streetcar project is moving forward and METRO would like to invite you to an open house to learn more about the route, station locations and more. See the press release below to get the scoop!
For immediate release
August 24, 2011
Open house to review Tempe Streetcar track and stop locations
PHOENIX, AZ — Where will streetcar stop and how will it operate in the existing street network have been topics of discussion at the Tempe Streetcar Community Working Group for the past eight months. This group, working alongside METRO and Tempe technical staff, has debated several options, coming to conclusion on 14 stop locations and a street configuration that will best serve the project and community needs.
The public will have the opportunity to review the recommended track and stop locations at an open house on Sept. 6. The meeting will be conducted as an open house to talk individually with community members about their interest areas, so attendees are encouraged to stop by at any time.
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
6 – 8 p.m. open house
Tempe High School Cafeteria
1730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Tempe Streetcar will run between Rio Salado Parkway and Southern Avenue in the Mill Avenue corridor. It will be built using a mix of regional Proposition 400 funds and federal grant dollars by 2016.
Streetcar vehicles operate on tracks, typically mixed with automobile traffic, and are powered by overhead power lines. They differ from light rail vehicles in their smaller vehicle size and single-car operation. Stops are also more simple and frequent than light rail.
The Community Working Group (CWG), consisting of residents and business owners along the 2.6-mile route, provided input that further refined preliminary design elements, including definition of streetcar track configuration, bicycle facilities and stop locations.