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Light Rail Transit
The initial 20-mile segment opened in December 2008. An additional 37 miles of extensions are planned to be built through local funding (10 miles) and Proposition 400 (27 miles)
In April 2012, METRO recorded approximately 47,400 boardings a day on the light rail system. Each two-car train can carry 400 passengers
Trains currently run every 12 minutes all day. Stations are about one-half mile apart. Light rail trains travel at the posted speed limit. It takes about an hour to travel the entire 20-mile route
The 20-mile system runs from 19th Avenue and Montebello Avenue in central Phoenix, through downtown Phoenix and through Tempe to Mesa, ending at Sycamore and Main Street. Planned future extensions include:
Ridership (total boardings) in FY 2012 was 71 million (bus and LRT)
Bus ridership has increased 53% since 2000
There are a total of 375 active vanpools in the program today
In fiscal year 2012, users in the ShareTheRide program made 326,518 round trip entries in their commute trackers. These entries account for 11,694,270 miles of shared vehicle travel, saving nearly 7 million pounds of greenhouse gases
The Regional Transportation Plan includes:
Regional Transportation Plan
The MAG Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) serves as the policy framework that directs major transportation investments in the region and represents the Valley's transportation blueprint for the next 20 years and beyond.
Initially adopted in 2003, the RTP was most recently updated in July 2010 and extends through fiscal year 2031. The RTP was developed and is maintained through the MAG Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), a public/private partnership charged with finding solutions to the region's transportation challenges. The TPC makes recommendations to the Regional Council.
Regional funding distribution amounting to $30 billion for the Regional Transportation Plan includes:
There are approximately 267 miles of freeway comprising our regional freeway system.
There are nearly 3,000 miles of arterial streets in the region.
Current estimates show that the daily VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) for our region is approximately 80 million vehicle miles traveled per day (freeways and arterials). By 2015, daily VMT is projected to grow to about 126 million and by 2030, approximately 140 million.
According to the Texas Transportation Institute, the Phoenix urban area ranked 14th in the nation for annual hours of delay per traveler. Arizona drivers each spend about 44 hours a year stuck in traffic.
Daily Person Trips by Mode of Year 2010