July 2011

Consultant Achievements: Valley Metro Rail's Phoenix West project

by METRO Staff

Valley Metro Rail's Phoenix West project (rendering shown) is an 11-mile planned extension of the initial 20-mile starter light rail line. (Photo courtesy of InfraConsult.)

Valley Metro Rail's Phoenix West project (rendering shown) is an 11-mile planned extension of the initial 20-mile starter light rail line. (Photo courtesy of InfraConsult.)
InfraConsult LLC
Head Executives: Michael I. Schneider, Managing Partner;
Alan C. Wulkan, Managing Partner;
Simon Zweighaft, Managing Partner
Headquarters: A Limited Liability Company registered in Delaware
Employees: 42
Website: www.InfraConsultLLC.com

In 2008, Valley Metro Rail Inc. (METRO) began operation of a 20-mile starter light rail line, and more than 200,000 people rode the system during the two-day grand opening. Since that time, the popular system has seen consistent ridership 30 percent to 40 percent above projections.

InfraConsult staff members have been involved with the development of the METRO system since the early planning days and are currently providing public involvement and communication strategies services for an 11-mile planned extension of the system, the Phoenix West project.

Phoenix West is one of several extensions of the 20-mile light rail starter line that will eventually help create a 57-mile high-capacity transit system supportive of the region's growth. The study includes extensive community outreach in a corridor with very diverse socioeconomic populations and land uses. The InfraConsult team, led by partner Terry Gruver, is responsible for strategizing outreach approaches and techniques; coordinating all activities including outreach to residents, neighborhoods and businesses; facilitating citizen, stakeholder and agency meetings; making presentations for delivery to community groups; and assisting in or overseeing development of communication materials including project brochures, newsletters, website content and photo simulations.

The study has produced a Locally Preferred Alternative, and current efforts include working closely with a residential community on how the recommended alternative would best benefit and function within adjacent neighborhoods. Issues being addressed include potential historic properties and options for crossing an existing freight line.

 


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