Transportation Report 9/9/2008
The McGuireville Interchange project and five other projects that had not been awarded have been delayed by the AZ Department of Transportation as of 9/5. The Federal Highway Trust Fund is out of money for this fiscal year ending September 30. The House has passed legislation appropriating $8 million to fund the remaining state projects, but the Senate has yet to do so. President Bush has indicated approval of legislation. The interchange project received a good bid $800,000 below the estimate. Victor Mendez, Director of ADOT, is meeting with the contractors to determine how long their bids will remain good. He is hoping that Congress will pass legislation in time to continue the delayed
Arizona projects. Please contact our Senators and request their support.
The Beaver Creek Regional Council has scheduled a Public Transportation Community Meeting for Saturday, September 20, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the
Church. Most of the meeting will be an opportunity for residents to share their needs for public transportation and their ideas about how to provide it. What do you see as important for this area in the next 5 yrs, 7 yrs, and 10 yrs related to public transit? How should services be provided? How should they be funded? Who would be served? All solutions, suggestions, and statements of need are welcomed. We would also like to know if you don't think that any public transportation is needed in the next 10 years.
Information will be presented from the Transportation Committee about the Draft NAIPTA 5-yr Transit Plan for the Verde Valley Region and the Arizona Rural Transit Study. We will also provide information on the Share the Ride Service.
Please contact Maggie Holt at email@example.com or Janet Aniol at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to make a comment.