No matter what your preferred method of transportation may be, the city of Phoenix is interested in providing a safer and more connected commute for everyone.
The way to do that is through the Transportation 2050 project that incudes improvement plans structured over the next few decades.
The project was approved by voters back in 2015 and began the very next year with a sale tax, in addition to federal and regional funding.
“It’s a 35-year transportation plan… multi-mobile and it’s about $16.7 billion worth of local tax dollars that we’ll come into over the 35-year program,” Phoenix Street Transportation Kini Knudson. “It’s divided between light rail, bus, and streets.”
Progress can be found in the 100 miles of bike lanes that are ready for riding and did not exist before the project was put in place.
“When we install those bicycle lanes, we’re looking at a connected network across the city,” Knudson said. “We’re looking for where people will feel safe riding their bicycle.”
Additional changes include 15 miles of new sidewalks and over 5,000 ADA ramps.
A handful of bus routes have also seen an increase in frequency, while more routes have also been added.
Residents may also take note of the 100 shade structures at bus stops throughout the city, which keeps riders out of the elements during the summertime.
While a specific plan laid out these updates, the city is also open to additional changes based on the needs of the community.
“We live in a world where we need to be flexible and adaptable to the changes that are happening because of economic conditions, what’s happening with development, what’s happening with… just around the city,” Knudson said.
Just last week, the Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to begin a plan for accelerating funds for the Pavement Maintenance Program.
“We’re doing our best to make sure that we’re using those funds wisely throughout the 35 years, but something that’s been very on the fore-front of council and the public is the condition of our roadways,” Knudson said.
With that council vote, $200 million will be made available to improve city roadways and the money will go towards the repaving of 600 street miles over the next five years.
With the 2050 program’s foundation based on the feedback of locals, the city is asking for input on how your daily commute can be improved.