No schedule, no money, ADOT wants Tucson Phoenix rail system

light-railThere is currently no construction schedule and no funding identified to build a rail system between Phoenix and Tucson, but that hasn’t stopped the Arizona Department of Transportation from reminding “everyone” that there is still time for the public to provide input on three plans that have been selected for further study by the department.

Last summer, ADOT narrowed the list of rail alternatives to three: the Green Alternative, which would run along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson; the Orange Alternative, which would serve East Valley population centers and share part of its alignment with the planned North-South Freeway Corridor; and the Yellow Alternative, which would also serve East Valley communities and share right of way with Union Pacific Railroad north of Eloy, where appropriate.

All three alternatives would run along I-10 south of Eloy and would also follow I-10 and US 60 in the western part of Maricopa County

On May 15, ADOT will host a public outreach event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of First Avenue and Washington Street in CityScape in downtown Phoenix. Community members stopping by ADOT’s passenger rail booth during the lunchtime hours will have the opportunity to speak with members of the study team and fill out a survey with their thoughts about passenger rail.

Additional outreach events are still being considered during the month of May and will be announced as they are finalized. In addition, members of the public can participate and comment through an online survey until May 31. The survey, maps of the three alternatives and participation booklet can be found atazdot.gov/passengerrail.

ADOT has already received a large response from participants — more than 10,000 surveys and comments have been received both online and during public outreach events during the past three years of the study.

Last summer, ADOT narrowed the list of rail alternatives to three: the Green Alternative, which would run along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson; the Orange Alternative, which would serve East Valley population centers and share part of its alignment with the planned North-South Freeway Corridor; and the Yellow Alternative, which would also serve East Valley communities and share right of way with Union Pacific Railroad north of Eloy, where appropriate. All three alternatives would run along I-10 south of Eloy and would also follow I-10 and US 60 in the western part of Maricopa County.

The study still includes the no-build option.

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