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Monthly Meeting

Wed. January 16, 2019 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health
4041 N. Central Ave. 14th Floor Training Room

For those calling in:
Dial-in Number: (605) 472-5814
Access Code: 383-185-253


V I S I T _

January 2019 Newsletter

Equitable Transportation, and more 

Happy New Year! During the Holiday, AALC leadership spent time reviewing various resources related to how we can make our transportation systems more equitable. Our resource recommendation for this month is from PolicyLink: Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy, Recommendations and Research.
Give it a peek! Then scroll down for Local stories and events.
"A new framework for transportation policy and planning is emerging. Rather than focus almost exclusively on mobility (and its corollaries, speed and distance), this framework also emphasizes transportation accessibility. In other words, instead of designing transportation systems primarily designed to move cars and goods, the new approach calls for systems designed to serve people - all people - efficiently, affordably, and safely. This approach prioritizes investments in (1) public transportation, walking and bicycling - transportation modes that can promote health, opportunity, environmental quality, and indeed mobility for people who do not have access to cars; and (2) communities with the greatest need for affordable, safe, reliable transportation linkages to jobs and essential good and services - chiefly, low-income communities and communities of color." - PolicyLink
10 Years of Light Rail in the Phoenix Metro Area

To mark the major milestone of the first decade of Light rail in the Phoenix Metro Area, Valley Metro recently released Building Communities + Enhancing Lives Through Light Rail: A Quality of Life Report. Read how light rail has been driving the economy and fostering healthy communities.

A few figures that stood out from the report:
  • 2,200 new affordable housing units available along the rail since 2008
  • 30% of all light rail boardings are school-bound student riders
  • 36% increase in bicycle riders accessing transit since 2008
  • 70 new pedestrian crossing signals along the rail
  • 50% decrease in bicycle and pedestrian collisions in the corridor
  • 10% decrease in collision fatalities in the corridor

A lot to Learn from the Past Decade

In it's first decade, light rail has spurred more than $11 Billion in development, creating 50 million square feet of housing, office, shopping, hotel, school and government space in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Development has led to many positives such as new affordable housing units and thousands of new jobs, however, we also know that some less dense affordable housing options such as manufactured homes and lower cost rentals have been priced out or demolished

Related article: 10 years and $2B later, what is the future of light rail in metro Phoenix?


MCDOT's Active Transportation Plan
Honored with APA Award

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association recently awarded its 2018 APA Award for Transportation Planning to the Maricopa County Dept. of Transportation's Active Transportation Plan (ATP). Active Transportation is movement powered by people, not machines.

MCDOT's ATP, developed with Jacobs Engineering, with special insight from AALC members such as the Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health, focuses on walking and bicycling, including connectivity between modes (including vehicles and transit) on County roadways. The plan also embraces and addresses equity for the County's most vulnerable residents.

Arizona Events 

Mesa Artspace Lofts Grand Opening
  • Celebrate the new affordable live/work space for artists and their families in downtown Mesa
  • See the 72,000 sq. ft. of housing 1,500 sq. ft. of commercial space & 4,400 sq. ft. of community space
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 4:00-8:30pm
155 South Hubbert Mesa, AZ, 85210

Understanding Opportunity Zones in Southern Arizona
  • What do we know about Opportunity Zones and how they will work?
  • What types of investments will be feasible through Opportunity Funds?
  • How can local and state partners prepare for and engage with this new tool?
  • What roles can different sectors play to ensure that low-income communities benefit from and participate in the economic growth and development generated by Opportunity Zones and Funds?
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
Habitat for Humanity Tucson
Register Here


Phoenix Mayoral Candidate Forum: Health, Housing and Homelessness
  • Hear the two Phoenix Mayor Candidates discuss how they might address the key issues of Health, Housing and Homelessness in the city
  • Use the opportunity to submit your questions in addition to those provided by the moderator
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00-8:00pm
Steele Indian School Memorial Hall
Register Here
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