As the Arizona Department of Transportation continues to study the feasibility of a passenger rail line between Phoenix and Tucson, the agency will be participating in community events in Marana, Phoenix and Mesa during the month of December to gather input. The public comment period wraps up on Dec. 15.
In the year since the first public involvement campaign last fall, ADOT has identified six potential rail alternatives and one express bus alternative that could link the two metropolitan areas, while meeting demands for future growth and travel options along Interstate 10, one of the busiest interstate corridors in Arizona. The alternatives for passenger rail all focus on a blended service that would provide both an intercity service that directly connects Phoenix and Tucson and a commuter service that would focus on more frequent stops for daily commuters.
ADOT wants to reach out to community members and get ideas and opinions on the seven options currently under evaluation. The public is encouraged to attend the following events and stop by the ADOT booth to give their input:
Marana Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting: 11555 West Civic Center Drive, Marana. The event takes place on Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m.
F.Q. Story Home District Christmas Home Tour: 900 block of West Lynwood Street, Phoenix. The event takes place on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mesa Arts Festival: One East Main Street, Mesa. The event takes place on Dec. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The survey can also be completed online at www.azdot.gov/passengerrail through Dec. 15. ADOT has already received more than 2,200 completed surveys from members of the public.
Along with the seven potential alignments, ADOT is studying sites for station locations. The alignments include system hubs located near downtown Phoenix and downtown Tucson, and each includes extensions beyond the system hubs that would link to the west Phoenix metropolitan area, as well as Tucson International Airport.
Should the study conclude that a passenger rail line is feasible between Phoenix and Tucson, ADOT would complete further planning and environmental studies and development activities prior to construction of any segment in the corridor. There is currently no funding identified to build a passenger rail line. ADOT will work with the public, stakeholders and policymakers to identify a funding source, should the project move forward.
For more information about ADOT’s Passenger Rail Corridor Study, visit www.azdot.gov/passengerrail.