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March APA/ASLA Networking Breakfast
March 6 @ 7:15 am - 8:30 pm
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Ten years ago the Valley of the Sun embraced high-capacity transit in the form of light rail. Building Communities and Enhancing Lives: A Quality of Life Report evaluates the impact of Valley Metro Rail over the past decade, measuring light rail’s continuous impacts on the Phoenix metropolitan region to show how the investment in light rail transit has helped Valley communities thrive. The report is a culmination of research and analysis that quantifies the benefits of transit investments and presents them in an understandable way; especially the types of benefits the public might not realize have been influenced by light rail. The Quality of Life Report includes many “Before and After” comparisons, highlighting changes in the light rail corridor that improve quality of life and benefit everyone, including non-riders.
From the beginning, the intent was to target the release of the report during Valley Metro Rail’s 10-year anniversary celebration, called Railversary. The report has been widely distributed to stakeholders and to the public to encourage further investments in transit, especially looking forward to the near-term effort to extend Proposition 400.The Report is organized into four “Goal” categories of indicators – ‘Connecting Communities’, ‘Enhancing Customer Experience’, ‘Driving the Economy’, and ‘Fostering Community Health’, and each demonstrate how Valley Metro delivers on its core purpose to “Connect Communities and Enhance Lives”.
Peter Valenzuela, a planner in the Valley Metro Capital and Service Development Division, is a member of the Valley Metro planning team that researched prepared the report. Peter received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at ASU. Peter will discuss the report’s development, the four categories by which it is organized and will highlight the key take-aways from each of these categories.
APA and ASLA hold this joint meeting on the first Wednesday of EVERY month and we encourage you to share this invite or bring a colleague for networking and a chance to hear more about building stronger and more sustainable urban cities.