PHX Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee Meeting December 4, 2019


>>Councilwoman Williams: GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. GOING TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER FOR TRANSPORTATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND INNOVATION SUBCOMMITTEE. DO WE HAVE ANY CARDS? OKAY. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CORRECTIONS, AMENDMENTS OR A MOTION ON THE MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 6?>>Councilwoman Stark: I MOVE TO APPROVE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Williams: ALL IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES]>>Councilwoman Williams: MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. I FORGOT TO MENTION, COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR IS ON THE PHONE HEADING THIS DIRECTION. BRINGS US TO CONSENT ITEMS 2-5. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? MOTION?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: MOTION. SECOND.>>Councilwoman Stark: YOU SECOND YOUR MOTION?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: SORRY.>>Councilwoman Stark: NEED IN ANOTHER SIP OF COFFEE. I’LL SECOND IT.>>Councilwoman Williams: ALL IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES]>>Councilwoman Williams: CONSENT ITEMS PASS UNANIMOUSLY. INFORMATION ITEMS. 6 IS THE MAG AND METRO MEETINGS. ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? NO. THE CTC MEETING? THEY’RE MOVING RIGHT ALONG.>>Councilwoman Stark: THEY ARE.>>Councilwoman Williams: BRINGS US TO ITEM 8, WHICH I IMAGINE FRANK IS GOING TO COME GIVE US A PRESENTATION ON THE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.>>GOOD MORNING. WE ARE PRESENTING OUR — TO OUR THIRD SUBCOMMITTEE TODAY ABOUT OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND THESE ARE ISSUES AGAIN RELATED DIRECTLY TO THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. AS A REMINDER, WE HAVE — IN THE PROCESS WE HAVE MET WITH AND TALKED TO THE CITY DEPARTMENTS, TO BUILD AN AGENDA BASED UPON THEIR INTERESTS, ISSUES THAT MAY AFFECT THEM LEGISLATIVELY, POTENTIAL ITEMS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE RUN AT THE LEGISLATURE, MET WITH THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO SHARE THE DRAFT AGENDA SO FAR AND GET IDEAS AND THOUGHTS AND FEEDBACK THAT, AND NOW TODAY WE PRESENT THE THAT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THIS SUBCOMMITTEE. I’M FRANK McCUNE, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS. WITH ME IS YESENIA DOAT, MANAGER OF STATE RELATIONS AND CARL [INAUDIBLE] MANAGER OF FEDERAL RELATIONS AND THEY’LL EACH BE DOING THE RESPECTIVE STATE AND FEDERAL AGENDAS. TO PUT IT IN CONTEXT FOR YOU ON GUIDING PRINCIPLES EACH YEAR, FOR THE STATE WE HAVE FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES THAT WE VIEW AND FILTER LEGISLATION THROUGH FOR HOW WE REACT AND RESPOND TO IT FROM THE CITY. THE FIRST IS WORKING TO ALWAYS PRESERVE STATE SHARED REVENUES. THE SECOND IS OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATES. THIRD, WORKING TO ALWAYS PROTECT LOCAL AUTHORITY. AND, FOUR, PRESERVING AND PROTECTING OUR WATER RESOURCES. AND SO YESENIA AND I WILL DO THE DIRECT ITEMS RELATED TO THE STATE. THANK YOU.>>GOOD MORNING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. THE FIRST ITEM WE WILL BE LOOKING AT TODAY IS FROM STREETS DEPARTMENT RELATED TO THE GAS FUEL TAX. SINCE 1991, THE STATE TAXES ON GAS AND MOTOR FUEL HAVE NOT BEEN INCREASED OR INDEXED FOR INFLATION. THIS TAX HELPS PAY FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE AS THE TAX MONIES ARE THEN DEPOSITED INTO HURF. LAST YEAR THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO INCREASE THAT TAX BUT UNFORTUNATELY THOSE EFFORTS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT LEGISLATION WILL BE INTRODUCED NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO ADDRESS THIS. STAFF RECOMMENDS SAW COURTING EFFORTS THAT LEAD TO — SUPPORTING EFFORTS THAT LEAD TO INCREASED STATEWIDE FUNDING. ON ITEMS RELATED TO AVIATION, THE FIRST IS RELATED TO THE LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, WHICH IS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE STATE AND FOR THE CITY. CURRENTLY THE CITY PARTNERS WITH WEST VALLEY CITIES AND MARICOPA COUNTY TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE OPERATIONS OF LUKE AIR FORCE BASE. STAFF RECOMMENDS OPPOSING ANY LEGISLATION THAT WOULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE MISSION OF THE BASE. AS RELATES TO RENTAL CAR OPERATIONS A NEW PRIVATE RENTAL CAR PLATFORM HAS EMERGED AND IN MANY CASES THEY OPERATE AT SKY HARBOR WITHOUT FOLLOWING ANY OF THE LOCAL REGULATIONS. THESE BUSINESSES ARE COMPETING DIRECTLY WITH RENTAL CAR COMPANIES AT THE AIRPORT BUT THEY DO NOT PAY ANY OF THE TAXES AND FEES THAT THESE RENTAL CAR COMPANIES DO. YOU MAY RECALL THAT LAST YEAR THERE WAS COMPETING LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, AND THERE WILL BE A LOT OF EFFORTS TO GET THIS ADDRESSED AT THE STATE LEVEL THIS UPCOMING SESSION. THERE WILL BE COMPETING BILLS AGAIN BY STAKEHOLDERS STARTING TO WORK TOGETHER AND GATHER INFORMATION SO THAT THESE EFFORTS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL TO OUR VIEWING THIS UPCOMING SESSION. STAFF RECOMMENDS SUPPORTING THESE EFFORTS AND THE EFFORTS THAT APPLY ONE SET OF REGULATORY TAX REQUIREMENTS AND FEES ON ALL VEHICLE RENTAL IN THE STATE AND THAT THE AIRPORT HAS THE AUTONOMY TO SET THE REGULATIONS AS THEY SEE FIT. AND LASTLY, AS RELATES TO AIRPORT CURB AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS, STAFF RECOMMENDS THAT WE MONITOR AND OPPOSE ANY LEGISLATION THAT LIMITS THE ABILITY OF THE AIRPORT TO REGULATE AND SET ITS OWN FEES FOR GROUND TRANSPORTATION BUSINESSES OR ANY COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS AT SKY HARBOR. WITH THAT I’M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE STATE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.>>Councilwoman Williams: COUNCILWOMAN?>>Councilwoman Stark: YES, I HAVE A QUESTION GOING BACK TO THE GAS TAX. FUEL TAX. HAS THERE BEEN ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES, FOR EXAMPLE, I DRIVE A HYBRID, SO I GOT A LOT OF MILES ON MY CAR BUT I’M PROBABLY NOT PAYING MY FAIR SHARE. HAS THERE BEEN DISCUSSION AT THE LEGISLATURE ABOUT ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES?>>MADAM CHAIR, COUNCILWOMAN STARK, YES, SO THE BILL THAT WAS DISCUSSED LAST SESSION HAD TO DO WITH MOTOR FUEL TAX BUT IT WAS ALSO LOOKING AT ELECTRIC AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES, AND IT WAS AN ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE IN ONE BILL AND IT MADE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE BUT IT DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. BUT I KNOW THAT THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE STARTING AND STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS ARE OCCURRING AND THAT THIS EFFORT WILL COME BACK NEXT SESSION.>>Councilwoman Stark: THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Williams: ANYONE ELSE? THANK YOU.>>FOR THE FEDERAL AGENDA, CLARK WILL PRESENT — THERE ARE TWO — THERE ARE TWO GUIDING PRINCIPLES WE OPERATE FROM PROMOTING FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY AND PROTECTING LOCAL AUTHORITY AS WELL AND CLARK WILL NOW RUN THROUGH THE FEDERAL AGENDA.>>MADAM CHAIR AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS, ON BEHALF OF THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT, WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK ANY UPDATES THAT OCCUR TO FLIGHT PATH CHANGES AT SKY HARBOR AS IT AFFECTS THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT AND THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING IT AND THEN CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED NEIGHBORHOOD PARTICIPATION AS ANY OF THOSE SORT OF DISCUSSIONS OCCUR. WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK A 23450 ISSUE, WHICH IS A PFAS ISSUE, A CERTAIN CHEMICAL REQUIRED TO BE USED IN AIRPORT FIREFIGHTING FOAMS AND ANY CHANGES THAT WOULD OCCUR INTO THE ABILITY TO USE THIS CHEMICAL. WE JUST WANT TO TRACK FOR THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT AS THEY’RE REQUIRED TO CURRENTLY USE THIS CHEMICAL IN THE FIREFIGHTING FOAM THAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE ON SITE. AND THEN AS WITHIN THE STATE AGENDA, CONTINUING TO ADVOCATE FOR RESOURCES TO ENSURE THAT LUKE AIR FORCE BASE HAS THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS TO KEEP THE MISSIONS IT CURRENTLY HAS AND TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO GET MISSIONS INTO THE FUTURE AS IT CONTINUES TO GROW. ADDITIONALLY FOR THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT, WE’LL CONTINUE TO TRACK ANY SORT OF AIRPORT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE PLACED ON THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT AS THIS CAN CREATE SOME SORT OF UNFUNDED MANDATE FOR THE AVIATION DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS TRACKING TSA STAFFING LEVELS TO ENSURE THAT THERE AREN’T EXTENDED WAIT TIMES THAT OCCUR AT THE AVIATION — AT SKY HARBOR. ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC TRANSIT DEPARTMENT WE’LL CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT FUNDING AND THOSE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES WE GET. AN EXAMPLE OF THAT IS THE LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS THAT WE CONTINUE TO BUILD. CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND FUNDS BOTH STREET AND TRANSIT. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HASN’T RAISED THE GAS TAX SINCE 1993. SO WE’RE CONTINUING TO ADVOCATE FOR A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO ENSURE THAT FUNDING CONTINUES TO OCCUR. THEN THE ALTERNATIVE FUEL TAX CREDIT, THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TAX CREDIT THAT THE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT RELIES ON. IT’S A LITTLE OVER $3 MILLION A YEAR. IT NEEDS TO BE EXTENDED EACH YEAR SO WE ADVOCATE FOR SO THAT THE TRANSIT DEPARTMENT CAN RECEIVE THAT REFUND. ON THE STREET SIDE, AGAIN, CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR THE FEDERAL FUNDING MODEL AND ENSURE THEY HAVE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO THE FUNDING. FOR THE STREETS, ADVOCATING FOR FLOOD MITIGATION AND STORMWATER INFRASTRUCTURE, HELPING WITH THOSE GRANTS AND ENSURING THAT WE HAVE THE FEDERAL RESOURCES ROLLING IN FOR THOSE PROJECTS. ALSO, THE CONGESTION MITIGATION AIR QUALITY, OR CMAC FUNDS, ENSURING THAT FUNDING CONTINUES TO OCCUR AND THAT THE REGION IS ABLE TO USE THOSE FUNDS IN WAYS THAT BEST HELP IMPROVE THE AIR QUALITY IN THE REGION. AS WELL AS FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION. SO WITH I-10 AND I-17 RUNNING THROUGH THE CITY, MAKING SURE THOSE FUNDS CONTINUE TO COME INTO THE REGION ANT SPEND IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE THROUGH OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH MAG. AND THEN ON BEHALF OF THE WATER DEPARTMENT, CONTINUING TO ADVOCATE FOR FUNDING FOR SYSTEM CONSERVATION AND THOSE FEDERAL GRANTS THAT HELP SYSTEM CONSERVATION WITHIN THE CITY AND THROUGHOUT THE REGION. THE INTENTIONALLY CREATED SURPLUS IN ALLOWING THOSE CONTRACTORS THAT GET MONEY — OR GET WATER OUT OF LAKE MEAD TO BE ABLE TO STORE EXCESS WATER IF THEY HAVE IT THERE SO WE CAN STARVE OFF DROUGHT AS LONGS POSSIBLE. ADDS THEN ALSO FEDERAL FUNDING FOREST RESTORATION THAT OCCURS IN NORTHERN ARIZONA, BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, IF WE CAN IMPROVE THE WATERSHED UP THERE, THAT WATER ENDS UP COMING DOWN TO PHOENIX AT SOME POINT.>>Councilwoman Williams: DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING THE AIRPORT CURB AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS. BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED AND THE MEMO WE RECEIVED REGARDING UBER AND LYFT AND THE LETTER THAT IS STATING THAT WE’RE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW FROM THE GOLDWATER INSTITUTE, CAN YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT THAT? OR HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE –>>I MEAN — SO THERE WAS A STATEWIDE INITIATIVE THAT LEGAL IS DOING AN INTERPRETATION OF THAT FOR US. THE GENERAL OVERVIEW IS THAT PAST A CERTAIN DATE IN JANUARY 2018 SERVICE TYPES OF FEES OR TAXES ON SERVICES SHALL NOT BE INCREASED ROUGHLY. LEGAL IS DOING A MORE DIRECT INTERPRETATION OF THAT, BUT IT FAILED TO DEFINE SERVICE WELL, AND SO THAT’S THE BIG PIECE OF THE MATTER, AND IT WAS A STATEWIDE CONCERN. IT WAS PASSED BY THE CITIZENS. SO IT WASN’T HOUSE OR SENATE LEGISLATION. IT WAS A BALLOT INITIATIVE. AND THAT’S RIGHT — RIGHT LITERALLY AS WE SPEAK. LEGAL IS DRAFTING THAT ENTER RAWTATION.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I JUST WAS CURIOUS. I DIDN’T THINK WE WERE — I THOUGHT WE WERE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. I STILL THINK WE’RE IN COMPLIANCE OF THE DEPENDING UPON THE INTERPRETATION. I FEEL LIKE WE’LL PROBABLY HAVE TO GO TO COURT ON THE ISSUE AND HAVE “SERVICES” DEFINED FOR US. I’M JUST ASKING AS WE ARE GETTING READY AND WE WILL HE BE VOTING ON DECEMBER 18th. I JUST WANTED TO HEAR FROM STAFF WHAT THE — WHAT THE PROCESS IS.>>Councilwoman Williams: I DON’T THINK IT’S TAX.>>Councilwoman Pastor: RIGHT.>>Councilwoman Williams: IT’S WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE PAYS AT THE AIRPORT AND THEY’RE GOING TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE, AND THAT’S NOT A TAX.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT.>>Councilwoman Williams: ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A QUESTION. GATEWAY, PROBABLY FEDERAL, THEY’RE STILL AFTER MONEY FOR THE TOWER, AND WILL WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM? I KNOW IT’S NOT OUR PRIMARY, BUT WE ARE THE SECOND LARGEST OWNER OF GATEWAY, AND I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT WE DON’T FORGET THAT.>>WE HAVE IN THE PAST AND WE WOULD — MADAM CHAIR, SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS, WE HAVE IN THE PAST SUPPORTED THEIR EFFORTS TO TRY TO GET FUNDING FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THAT CONTROL TOWER, AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO SO. THEY HAVE AN OLD CARVE OUT BECAUSE OF IT BEING AN OLD MILITARY AIRPORT THEY ARE — CERTAIN FUNDS AREN’T ELIGIBLE TO BE USED FOR THAT TO IMPROVE THAT CONTROL TOWER, BUT WE’VE SUPPORTED THEIR EFFORTS TO GET THOSE CHANGES INCLUDED IN THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILLS IN THE PAST AND WE CONTINUE TO DO SO.>>Councilwoman Williams: THE FEDS KIND OF GO YES, NO, NOT NOW, MAYBE TOMORROW. SO I JUST THINK IT BEHOOVES US TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THAT. AND THEN I HAVE A SECOND QUESTION. IT COULD BE FEDERAL OR IT COULD BE STATE, EITHER ONE. CITY BRIDGES. ANY TYPE OF FUNDING AVAILABLE, GRANTS, WHATEVER, THAT WE CAN GO REDO SOME OF OUR BRIDGES?>>LAST SESSION FROM A STATE PERSPECTIVE THERE WAS SOME MONEY THAT WAS ALLOCATED FOR SPECIAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE BUDGET. ONE OF THEM BEING THE EXPANSION OF I-17 AND THE STUDY FOR I-10, AND THERE WERE SOME BRIDGE PROJECTS INCLUDED IN THAT FOR SOME SMALLER MUNICIPALITIES. SO THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT WE CAN ADVOCATE TO GET SOME SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED, DEPENDING ON WHAT THE BUDGET PROCESS LOOKS LIKE, AND ONCE WE GET A BETTER IDEA IF THERE IS A SURPLUS WHAT THE SURPLUS IS AND HOW MUCH MONEY WILL BE ALLOCATED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, AND THESE WOULD BE ONE-TIME FUNDS. AND SO THAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN DEFINITELY WORK WITH OUR VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS TO TRY TO IDENTIFY AND ADVOCATE FOR THIS UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION FROM THE STATE PERSPECTIVE.>>Councilwoman Stark: I HAD A QUESTION ON FLOOD MITIGATION. FROM A FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE, DO WE COMPETE FOR DOLLARS WITH THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT? OR DO WE COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER? I KNOW WE DO SOMETIMES GET GRANTS FROM FLOOD CONTROL FOR LOCALIZED FLOOD CONTROL PROBLEMS, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE PARTNERING AND WE’RE GETTING OUR FAIR SHARE, AND MAYBE JUST BECAUSE ITS RAINED LAST WEEK IT’S ON MY MIND. THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS WHERE THEY’RE ISOLATED BUT THEY CAUSE A PROBLEM FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD.>>CHAIRWOMAN AND COUNCILMAN STARK, RAY DOVALINA WHO OVERSEES THAT PROGRAM DOES WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT AND IS ALWAYS CORRESPONDING WITH THEM. SOME OF THOSE GRANTS WE DO RECEIVE FROM THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT BUT WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED SOME DIRECT GRANTS FROM FEMA AS WELL, AND IF NOT A DIRECT SUPPORT LETTER IN THAT PACKAGE FROM THEM IN — FROM — FROM — TO FEMA, RAY ALWAYS IS CORRESPONDING WITH THEM AND MAKING SURE WE’RE WORKING TOGETHER. WE’RE NEVER AT ODDS COMPETING WITH DOLLARS WITH THEM.>>Councilwoman Stark: THAT’S GOOD. I THINK SOMETIMES PEOPLE FORGET IN THE DESERT WHAT FLOODING CAN DO WAS THEY JUST DON’T THINK WE HAVE WATER, BUT WHEN IT COMES, IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF WASHES THAT RUN THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS. SO THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I DO WANT TO SAY WE DID IMPROVE AN AREA IN THE SOUTH PHOENIX AREA ON DOBBINS, 35th AVENUE, AND I RECEIVED PICTURES SHOWING HOW THE RETENTION BASIN WORKED AND DIDN’T FLOOD THE HOUSE AND THE HOUSE HAS BEEN FLOODED, I THINK, THREE TIMES IN THAT AREA. SO I DO WANT TO SAY WE HAVE GREAT NEWS ON THAT FRONT.>>Councilwoman Williams: VICE MAYOR, DID YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?>>Vice Mayor Guardado:. NO I JUST ALSO WANTED TO COMMENT IN VILLA DE PAZ, WE ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF FLOODING AND THERE’S A LOT OF WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS. SO THIS WEEK I GOT A COUPLE PICTURES AND SAID, VICE MAYOR, LOOK, THE FLOODING IS DOWN, IT’S DONE, IT’S OVER. IT’S NOT THERE ANYMORE. SO ALSO I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE HELP AND SUPPORT ON THAT. I KNOW PEOPLE IN VILLA DE PAZ ARE INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR THAT.>>Councilwoman Williams: I WISH I COULD SAY THAT.>>Councilwoman Stark: WE HAD CLOSED NEW RIVER ROAD. IT WAS FLOODED. ANYWAY, ANOTHER STORY. DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE STAFF RECOMMENDATION?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: MOTION.>>Councilwoman Stark: SECOND.>>Councilwoman Williams: ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? HEARING NONE, ALL IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES]>>Councilwoman Williams: OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HE.>>MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE, THIS NEXT ITEM IS AN IMPORTANT ACTION ITEM FOR THE CONTINUANCE OF THE TRANSPORTATION 2050 PLAN, AND PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTOR JESUS SAME YEN IS HERE WITH DEPUTY TRANSIT DIRECTOR KEN KESSLER AND DENISE OLSON TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE FINANCING THAT’S NEEDED TO CARRY OUT A LOT OF THIS IS THE LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS THAT ARE UPCOMING, BUT THERE ARE OTHER TRANSIT ELEMENTS. WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO JESUS.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY. KEN KESSLER IS GOING TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE CIP NEEDS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS AND HOW CLOSELY WE’RE WORKING WITH NOT ONLY A FINANCIAL CONSULTANT TO HELP US MANAGE THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF THE LONG-TERM T2050 PLAN BUT ALSO HOW CLOSELY WE WORK WITH THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT FOR FINANCING NEEDS THAT MAY ARISE FROM TIME TO TIME. RIGHT NOW WITH THREE LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS COMING UP, THERE IS A NEED TO FINANCE, AND SO THE REPORT IN YOUR PACKET AND TODAY’S POWERPOINT WILL GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THAT, RECOGNIZING THAT WE ALSO NEED TO FUND OTHER ASPECTS OF THE TRANSIT PROGRAM SUCH AS UPCOMING BRT AND SHADE IN THE TRANSIT ENVIRONMENT AND SO ON. SO WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO KEN.>>THANK YOU, JESUS. MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SUBIE SUBCOMMITTEE, I’M GOING TO BE DISCUSSING OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS THROUGH THE YEAR 2030. I’LL PROVIDE AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM, HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE MAJOR PROJECTS THAT REALLY ARE INTEGRAL TO THE FINANCING NEED FOR OUR PROGRAMS AND BE THEN I’LL DISCUSS THE PROGRAM FUNDING PLAN THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE AND THEN, OF COURSE, SEEKING YOUR RECOMMENDATION TO THE FULL CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE ISSUANCE OF DEBT OBLIGATIONS. I JUST WANT TO TALK FIRST ABOUT SORT OF THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CAPITAL PROGRAM AND REALLY THE PUBLIC TRANSIT PORTION OF THE T2050 PROGRAM IN GENERAL. SO MAINTAINING, ENHANCING, EXPANDING PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX IS A PRIMARY GOAL OF THE OVERALL T2050 PROGRAM AS IT RELATES TO TRANSIT, AND SO AS PART OF THAT THE CAPITAL PROGRAM IS INTEGRAL IN TERMS OF SUPPORTING THE OVERALL PROGRAM TO BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE, TO MAINTAIN OUR ASSETS, TO ACQUIRE AND BUILD NEW ASSETS, TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT WE PROMISED IN PROPOSITION 104. SO AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM IS REALLY MAINTAINING OUR TRANSIT ASSETS AND OUR SYSTEM IN A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR. THIS IS NOT ONLY AN FTA REQUIREMENT AS IT RELATES TO FEDERALLY FUNDED ASSETS BUT ALSO JUST A BEST PRACTICE IN TERMS OF PROVIDING AND ENSURING A SAFE AND RELIABLE TRANSIT SYSTEM FOR OUR USERS AND OUR RESIDENTS. AND ALSO ALL OF THESE PROJECTS, INCLUDING FLEET REPLACEMENT, CAPITAL UPGRADES TO FACILITIES AS THEY AGE, THEY NEED UPGRADES AND REFURBISHING, MAINTAINING OUR VARIOUS SYSTEM AS WELL IN A STATE GOOD REPAIR. THERE’S A OTHER LAUGH TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE SYSTEM AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE SYSTEMS TO WORK EFFICIENTLY FOR OUR SERVICE TO BE RELIABLE. I DO WANT TO MENTION ALL THE PROJECTS THAT THE CAPITAL MAINTENANCE PROJECTS AND ALL OF OUR NEW PROJECTS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE T2050 PLAN FROM THE VERY INCEPTION WHEN WE WORKED WITH THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF PHOENIX TRANSPORTATION. ALL THIS WAS BUILT INTO THERE AS WELL AS OVERALL FUNDING AND FINANCING PLAN. SO JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE EXPANSIONS. AS YOU KNOW, JESUS MENTIONED THE THREE PROJECTS WE HAVE UNDER WAY RIGHT NOW FOR LIGHT RAIL, BETWEEN NOW AND 2030 THERE IS A TOTAL OF FOUR PROJECTS PLANNED TO BE BUILT AND OPERATIONAL. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE OUR BRT PROGRAM, AGAIN, AS JESUS ALLUDED TO. RIGHT NOW WE’RE SORT OF IN THE BEGINNING PLANNING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT STAGES AND WHEN WE GET TO THE POINT OF IMPLEMENTING BRT CORRIDORS, OF COURSE, THERE IS GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT NEEDED IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND FLEET AND SO FORTH IN ORDER TO LAUNCH THAT NEW SERVICE FOR OUR RESIDENTS AND PASSENGERS. AND THEN NEW TECHNOLOGY. AS KIND OF AN EXAMPLE, OUR RECENT INSTALLATION AVENUE CAD SYSTEM. WE’RE EMBARKING UPON THE PROCUREMENT OF A NEW FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM AND OTHER ENHANCEMENTS NEED IN THE FUTURE THROUGH THE YEAR 2030 ARE BUILT INTO OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE OUR SYSTEM IS UP TO DATE AND RUNNING AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE. ALSO IN OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM WE HAVE NEW PASSENGER FACILITIES SUCH ADDITIONAL BUS STOPS AND PARK AND RIDES. THIS IS TO SUPPORT SOME OF THE INCREASED SERVICES WE HAVE IN THE T20 50 PLAN WHERE WE’RE LOOKING TO NOT ONLY INCREASE FREQUENCIES ON THOSE BUSY ROUTES BUT ALSO EXTEND AND INTRODUCE NEW ROUTES IN THE CITY WHERE WE CURRENTLY DON’T HAVE SERVICE AND CERTAINLY THESE TYPES OF AMENITIES ARE IMPORTANT TO THAT SERVICE EXPANSION, AND AS WELL WE ROLL OUT THOSE NEW SERVICES, THERE WILL BE A NEED FOR ADDITIONAL FLEETS. OUR FLEET SIZE WILL GROW OVER THE COURSE OF TIME AND SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM. AND THEN AS YOU KNOW, SHADING BUS STOPS IS A REAL PROPERTY FOR US AND A BIG PART OF THE T2050 PROGRAM OVERALL AND SO WE’RE WORKING VERY AGGRESSIVELY TO SHADE ULTIMATELY HERE IN THE COMING YEARS ALL THE BUS STOPS IN PHOENIX THAT ARE POSSIBLE TO ACTUALLY HAVE SHADE STRUCTURES PLACED THERE. SO THAT’S A KEY COMPONENT. AND THEN WITH ALL THE SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS AND EXPANSIONS ON THE BUS SIDE, WE’VE PLANNED FOR NEW BUS O&M FACILITY. LOOKING AT THE LATE ’20s, MAYBE 2030, TO HAVE A NEW FACILITY CONSTRUCTED. WE HAVE 3O&M FACILITIES FOR BUS. TWO OF THEM ARE AT CAPACITY. THE OTHER FACILITY, OUR WEST FACILITY, CONTINUES TO GROW THE FLEET THERE. SO WE WILL BE NEARING OR HITTING CAPACITY THERE. SO LOOKING AT OUR SERVICE EXPANSION PLAN WHEN WE’RE — WE DEVELOPED THE T2050 PROGRAM WE IDENTIFIED WE WOULD NEED THIS NEW O&M FACILITY. THAT’S WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS. SO THAT’S IN THE 10 YEAR CAPITAL PROGRAM GOING FORWARD. NOW I JUST WANT TO KIND OF TOUCH ON THE MAJOR PROJECTS AND REALLY THE PROJECTS THAT ARE KIND OF REALLY GETTING UTILIZED AND BENEFIT THE MOST FROM OUR FINANCING. THE HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT SYSTEM. SO THAT’S OUR LIGHT RAIL AND OUR BUS RAPID TRANSIT. IT’S A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE OVERALL T2050 PLAN. YOU KNOW, WE HAD MAPS ON THE BALLOT AND SO FORTH FOR PROP 104. SO THESE WERE CLEARLY ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM PROMISE TO DO TO THE VOTERS AND CRITICAL TO OUR PROGRAM THAT WE’RE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE WE MANY IMPLEMENT. AND WITH THAT, OF COURSE, IS IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT TO — WHETHER IT’S LAY AND BUILD THE LIGHT RAIL OR PUT IN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED FOR BUS RAPID TRANSIT THROUGHOUT THOSE CORRIDORS, WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT, AND SO OUR HIGH CAPACITY TRANSIT BUILDOUT IS REALLY THE — THE PRIMARY PROJECTS OR THE PRIMARY PART OF THE PROGRAM THAT REALLY WILL BENEFIT FROM FINANCING. AND SO JUST QUICKLY, WE HAVE OUR FOUR LIGHT RAIL EXTENSIONS PLANNED THROUGH 2030, WE HAVE THE SOUTH CENTRAL, DOWNTOWN HUB, THE NORTHWEST PHASE 2, CAPITOL/I-10 WEST PHASE I AND CAPITOL/I-10 WEST PHASE II AT THIS POINT PLANNED TO BE COMPLETED BIDE 2030. OF COURSE, OUR BRT PROGRAM AND THEN IN THE COMING SLIDES I WILL KIND OF TOUCH ON THE MAGNITUDE OF THE FUNDING NEEDED FOR THESE PARTICULAR PROJECTS JUST TO GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHERE THAT NEED IS AND WHICH PROJECTS WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS FINANCING. SO THE SOUTH CENTRAL DOWNTOWN HUB PROJECT, THIS PROJECT IS A 5 1/2 MILE EXTENSION OF THE LIGHT RAIL CONNECTING DOWNTOWN TO BASELINE, AS YOU’RE ALL AWARE. THIS WILL ACTUALLY GIVE US OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A TWO-LINE SYSTEM. I THINK IT’S BEEN MENTIONED IN THE PAST, PROBABLY BY MARCUS COLEMAN, ONCE THIS IS CONSTRUCTED WE’LL HAVE A NORTH-SOUTH LINE AND ALSO AN EAST-WEST LINE THAT CONNECTS MESA TO THE DOWNTOWN HUB AREA AND MAKE IT A NICE TWO-LINE SYSTEM THAT’S SEAMLESS IN TERMS OF OPERATION.>>Councilwoman Williams: COUNCILWOMAN?>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE A QUESTION. BECAUSE AT ONE POINT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT MOVING THE TRANSIT CENTER TO BASELINE AND CENTRAL. IS THAT STILL HAPPENING?>>MADAM CHAIR, COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, NO, THE TRANSIT CENTER IS STILL PLANNED TO STAY AT BROADWAY AND CENTRAL. THERE WILL BE A PARK AND RIDE AT THE BASELINE STATION BUT NOT A FULL TRANSIT CENTER.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. THANK YOU.>>MOVING ON TO THE NORTHWEST — I JUST WANTED TO MENTION ALSO ON THE SOUTH CENTRAL PROJECT OF THE DEBT OBLIGATIONS WE’RE LOOKING TO ISSUE A LITTLE OVER $400 MILLION IS PROJECTED TO BE USED FOR THIS PROJECT TO KEEP THIS PROJECT ON SCHEDULE AND GET IT TO ITS COMPLETION.>>Councilwoman Williams: LET ME ASK A QUESTION. WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS FINANCING, AND MAYBE IT GOES TO DENISE, IS IT BECAUSE WE’RE FRONTING THE MONEY AND IT WILL GET REPAID FOR SOME OF THESE PROJECTS?>>THE FINANCING NEED IS REALLY DRIVEN BY WHEN WE DEVELOPED THE PLAN WITH THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE THAT PUT IT TOGETHER AND BROUGHT IT TO COUNCIL, IT WAS THE DESIRE TO DELIVER THE PROJECTS EARLIER AND BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES EARLIER IN THE PROGRAM. SO INSTEAD OF DOING AS A PAY AS YOU GO PROGRAM, USING CASH AS IT COMES IN, THAT’S THE WAY THE FINANCIAL PLAN WAS BUILT, WAS WITH — IT ASSUMED A LEVEL OF FINANCING AND A HIGHER LEVEL OF FINANCING THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY THAN INITIALLY. IN ORDER TO DELIVER THESE PROJECTS. BECAUSE WITHOUT FINANCING WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DELIVER ALL THREE OF THESE LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS THAT ARE GOING ON NOW AS WELL AS PHASE II OF THE CAPITOL/I-10 WEST PROJECT BY 2030. BUT THAT WAS ALWAYS AN ASSUMPTION IN THE FINANCIAL MODELING, TO — IT’S MUCH LIKE BUYING A HOUSE. YOU DON’T — MOST PEOPLE DON’T WAIT YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS TO SAVE UP $200,000 TO BUY A HOUSE. YOU TAKE OUT A MORTGAGE SO YOU CAN HAVE THE HOUSE NOW. AND ALL THE DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS TO FUND THIS DEBT IS BUILT INTO THE FINANCIAL PLAN AS WELL.>>Councilwoman Williams: CAN WE AFFORD THIS, DENISE?>>THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS. WHAT’S HAPPENING IS BASICALLY WHAT WE’RE DOING IS WE’RE DOING SOME VARIABLE RATE UP FRONT, AND SO AS THEY BUILD IT WE’RE SEEING WHAT THEY NEED TO FINANCE AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO FINANCE IT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. WHAT THAT ALLOWS US TO DO IS KEEP THOSE DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS VERY LEVEL OVER A 20-YEAR PERIOD. LIKE KEN SAID, LEWIC A HOUSE MORTGAGE. SO THAT WAY WHEN THE REVENUE IS COMING IN WE CAN PAY OFF THAT DEBT VERSUS TRYING TO SAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY UP FRONT AND PAYING A HUGE AMOUNT FOR THE FULL PROJECT COST. THIS WAY WE CAN FINANCE IT OVER THAT 20, 25-YEAR PERIOD.>>Councilwoman Williams: THANK YOU.>>FOR NORTHWEST, AS YOU KNOW, THAT’S ABOUT A MILE-AND-A-HALF PROJECT THAT EXTENDS THE END OF THE LINE OVER TO METROCENTER. VERY IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FOR THE CITY, AND THIS PROJECT WILL UTILIZE ABOUT $120 MILLION OR SO IN DEBT FINANCING TO CONSTRUCT THAT PROJECT. NOW MOVING TO CAPITOL/I-10 WEST EXTENSION, RIGHT NOW IN TWO PHASES, THE FIRST PHASE GOING OUT TO THE CAPITOL. THAT PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO UTILIZE ABOUT $100 MILLION IN THE FINANCING ALONG WITH OTHER FUND SOURCES TO CONSTRUCT IT AND THEN CAPITOL/I-10 WEST PHASE II IS ESTIMATED TO UTILIZE ABOUT 500 TO 600 MILLION IN DEBT FINANCING ALONG WITH THE OTHER FUNDING SOURCES TO CONSTRUCT IT FOR OPENING IT IN 2030.>>Councilwoman Williams: COUNCILWOMAN?>>Councilwoman Pastor: IN PARTICULAR, THE CAPITOL, THERE IS A DEBATE OF IT GOING ON WASHINGTON, JEFFERSON AND ALSO HOW TO DIALOGUE ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE ON 19th AND HOW IT’S GOING TO LOOP — THIS PICTURE DOESN’T SIMULATE WHAT’S GOING ON, REALLY.>>YES, COUNCILWOMAN, THANK YOU. THERE IS STILL THAT DIALOGUE HAPPENING AND ACTUALLY COMMUNITY MEETINGS ARE GOING TO BEGIN IN JANUARY TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE ALIGNMENT WITH THE CAPITAL I-10 PHASE I EXTENSION. WE’LL HAVE MORE DISCUSSION ON THAT.>>LASTLY, BUS RAP IT TRANSIT. AS I MENTIONED, WE’RE IN THE EARLY PLANNING PHASE OF THIS PROGRAM. RIGHT NOW THE ESTIMATES ARE ONCE WE MOVE TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION OF BRT CORRIDORS WE’LL BE UTILIZING ABOUT 100 TO $200 MILLION IN FINANCING IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE BRT CAPITAL PROGRAM. AND NOW HAVING HIGHLIGHTED THE MAJOR PROJECTS THAT WILL UTILIZE THE FINANCING I JUST WANT TO SORT OF HIGHLIGHT THE REVENUE SOURCES THAT SUPPORT THE OVERALL CAPITAL PROGRAM. SO OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM THROUGH 2030 IS ABOUT A $3.9 BILLION PROGRAM. SO IT’S A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT CAPITAL INVESTMENT FOR TRANSIT. ON THE TABLE ON THE SCREEN YOU CAN SEE THOSE ARE THE FUND SOURCES THAT ARE PLANNED TO SUPPORT THAT PROGRAM AND THE AMOUNTS BY FUND SOURCE. AND, AGAIN, JUST WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT IN TERMS OF THE FINANCING, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING WHERE WE JUST REALIZED WE NEEDED TO FINANCE. WE HAD PLANNED THIS ALL ALONG IN ORDER TO DELIVER THOSE PROJECTS AND THOSE NEW SERVICES AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN THE PROGRAM, RECOGNIZING, MAKING SURE IT WAS FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE IN ORDER TO DELIVER IT IN SUCH A MANNER. SO I JUST WANT TO TOUCH ON SOME OF THE SPECIFICS OF THE FINANCING PLAN AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS HERE, I’M SURE DENISE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE ANSWERS. I KNOW JUST ENOUGH TO INTRO THE TOPIC. I DO WANT TO MENTION WE HAVE BEEN WORKING, BOTH THE FINANCE AND PUBLIC TRANSIT DEPARTMENT, WITH PFM, A FINANCIAL ADVISOR FIRM. WE’VE ACTUALLY BEEN ENGAGED WITH PFM SINCE ABOUT 2014. THEY ACTUALLY UPDATED OUR OLD T2000 FINANCIAL MODEL SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND THEN THEY HELPED US BUILD THE — ACTUALLY BUILT THE STRUCTURE OF THE FINANCIAL MODEL WE USE DUE TO THE FINANCE PLANNING FOR THE T2050 PROGRAM. SO THEY HELPED US ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH THE CITIZENS COMMITTEE THAT DEVELOPED THE PROP 104 PLAN, ALL THROUGH THE PROCESS OF ANY ADJUSTMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY SUBCOMMITTEE AND CITY COUNCIL BEFORE IT WAS REFERRED TO THE BALLOT, AND THEY HAVE BEEN ASSISTING US WITH UPDATES TO THAT MODEL TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE BEST MODEL POSSIBLE TO ESTIMATE OUR FINANCING NEEDS AND MAKE SURE OUR OVERALL PROGRAM IS FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE. AND SO BASED ON THE FINANCIAL MODELING, WE HAVE ABOUT $1.3 BILLION IN DEBT OBLIGATIONS NEEDED TO FUND OUR PROGRAM THROUGH 2030, AND BEYOND 2030 RIGHT NOW THE WAY THE PLAN IS CONSTRUCTED THERE’S NO ADDITIONAL NEED FOR FINANCING FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSIT PROGRAM. SO WE’RE COMING TO YOU TODAY FOR THIS ONE-TIME ASK THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR FINANCING NEEDS TO 2030 AND REALLY THAT WILL BE ALL THAT WOULD BE NEEDED. IN THE ORIGINAL PLAN THERE WAS SOME ADDITIONAL FINANCING NEEDED, BUT WITH SOME OF THE ADJUSTMENTSMENTS TO THE PLAN THIS WILL BE THE ONLY FINANCING NEEDED AT THIS TIME UNLESS THERE ARE OTHER SIGNIFICANT CHANGES. AND SO THE FINANCING PLAN WILL CONSIST OF SOME SHORT-TERM, AS DENISE WAS ALLUDING TO, LIKE COMMERCIAL PAPER, REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT, AND THEN LONG-TERM OBLIGATIONS THAT WOULD MOST LIKELY BE MUNICIPAL BONDS WITH THE IDEA THAT WE WOULD BE FINANCING THROUGH SHORT-TERM TO KEEP THE CASH FLOW NEEDS MOVING FORWARD TANNED ISSUING BONDS EVERY THREE TO FIVE YEARS TO SATISFY THE SHORT-TERM DEBT AND THEN ALSO PROVIDE CASH FOR ONGOING CAPITAL NEEDS FOR OUR PROGRAM. SO WITH THAT, WE’RE HERE TO REQUEST SUBCOMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDED — RECOMMENDATION OF APPROVAL TO THE CITY COUNCIL TO IRAN DEBT OBLIGATIONS OF UP TO $1.3 BILLION. AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN –>>Councilwoman Williams: QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE A QUESTION, DENISE. ONCE WE GO THROUGH THIS MODEL, THIS IS THE WAY THE MODEL IS GOING TO BE FOR THE NEXT 20, 25 YEARS, I’M ASSUMING, AND, OF COURSE, WE SHOULDN’T ASSUME, BUT THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF THE RATE STARTING TO GO UP. I FEEL LIKE ONCE THE RATES START TO GO UP WE WON’T BE BACK AT THIS CONVERSATION UNLESS THE RATES GO EVEN LOWER THAN WHAT WE HAVE GOTTEN THE INTEREST — THE RATE FOR, THEN THIS IS THE MODEL AND WE’RE GOING TO STICK TO THIS MODEL OF FINANCING?>>YES, THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN WILLIAMS — I MEAN, PASTOR. SORRY. BASICALLY — IT’S BEEN A LONG MORNING ALREADY. ANYWAY, WHAT HAPPENS, WHEN WE DO THESE MODELS, WHEN WE DO THE FINANCING, WE’RE VERY CONSERVATIVE ON OUR INTEREST RATE ASSUMPTIONS AND WE ASSUME AN OVERALL AVERAGE RATE WE THINK IS GOING TO BE GOOD FOR THIS PERIOD OF TIME. WE’RE PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT THAT RATE WILL BE SUFFICIENT IN THE MODEL THAT WE’RE USING. REMEMBER, THIS IS REVENUES COMING IN FROM THE TRANSIT TAX AND SO WE’RE ALWAYS CONSERVERTIVE. SO WE’RE COMFORTABLE THIS IS FEASIBLE. AND EVEN IF THE RATES GO UP A LITTLE BIT, RATES ARE REALLY LOW RIGHT NOW, EVEN IF RATES GO UP A LITTLE BIT, WE’LL BE ABLE TO FINANCE IT WITH THE TAX COMING IN FROM TRANSIT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. SO — OKAY, SO WHEN I THINK OF A MORTGAGE — LET ME GO BACK — WHEN I THINK OF A MORTGAGE I THINK OF A FIXED RATE. SO ARE WE GETTING A FIXED RATE OR ARE WE GETTING A — A WHAT? ADJUSTABLE.>>SO WHAT WE’RE PLANNING IS WE’RE LOOKING AT FOR THE $1.3 BILLION, JUST TO PUT THIS IN SPUR TECHTIVE, PROBABLY AROUND FOUR BOND SALES. WE’RE GOING TO DO LIKE A LINE OF CREDIT, WHICH IS A VARIABLE RATE UP FRONT UNTIL THEY ARE DONE SPENDING WITH THE PROJECT AND THEN WHEN THEY SEE EXACTLY WHAT THAT AMOUNT IS GOING TO BE WE WILL FIX IT OUT INTO BONDS AND THAT WILL BE A FIXED RATE. THE LAST BOND FILL WE’RE LOOKING AT IS IN THE FISCAL YEAR PROBABLY ’29-30. WE’RE PROBABLY COMFORTABLE WE CAN FORECAST THOSE RATES THROUGH THAT PERIOD OF TIME. DOES THAT –>>Councilwoman Pastor: IN THE HOUSING ARM IT LOOKS LIKE AN ARM.>>>>>Councilwoman Williams: VICE MAYOR?>>Vice Mayor Guardado: I JUST HAD A COUPLE QUESTIONS WHEN IT CAME TO THE BUSES AND THE RAPID TRANSIT, ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH ON IS THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT AS WELL, AND I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY, WAS TRYING TO PROVIDE SOME PROTECTIVE SHIELDS FOR THE DRIVERS. HOW IS IT WE CAN IMPLEMENT THOSE THEN. I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE. WE HAVE BEEN HEARING THERE’S A LOT OF INCIDENTS WITH THE BUS DRIVERS ON THE BUSES, AND THEY ARE THE ONES — THEY’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING PEOPLE FROM ONE PLACE TO THE OTHER. SO I JUST THINK THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AS WELL AS WE’RE MOVING FORWARD ON HOW WE IMPLEMENT THOSE JUST FOR THE SAFETY OF THE BUS DRIVERS JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY. THEY’RE CARRYING OUR CONSTITUENTS BACK AND FORTH AND WE JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TRY TO INCLUDE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD.>>LIKE A SAFETY –>>Vice Mayor Guardado: LIKE A SAFETY SHIELD, RIGHT.>>Councilwoman Williams: DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?>>Councilwoman Stark: NO.>>Councilwoman Williams: ANYONE WANT TO MOVE STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION. I MEAN, IT’S ONLY 1.3 BILLION. PEANUTS, RIGHT?>>Councilwoman Pastor: GO AHEAD, THELDA, YOU CAN MOVE IT.>>Councilwoman Williams: NO, BUT I SUPPORT IT. IT’S A LITTLE PAINFUL, BUT I RECOGNIZE YOU HAVE A LOT OF BIG PROJECTS IN THERE.>>Vice Mayor Guardado: I’LL MAKE THE MOTION BUT JUST WITH THAT, THAT WE IMPLEMENT THE SHIELDS, THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE LOOK INTO THAT AND THAT WE MAKE THAT HAPPEN.>>Councilwoman Stark: I’LL SECOND.>>Councilwoman Williams: OKAY. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? HEARING NONE, ALL IN FAVOR PLEASE SAY AYE. [ CHORUS OF AYES]>>Councilwoman Williams: OPPOSED? MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, DENISE. AND KEN.>>OUR NEXT ITEM IS AN UPDATE ON THE FREEWAY PROGRAM AND TOM REMUS, OUR FREEWAY PROGRAM MANAGER IS HERE TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON ALL THAT’S HAPPENING WITH OUR SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY AND ANY DISCUSSION ON SOME OF THE OTHER PROJECTS THAT ARE UNDER WAY.>>Councilwoman Williams: I ASKED HIM TO DO SOUTH MOUNTAIN AND THEN MOVE I-17 AND ANYTHING CONNECTED TO IT IN JANUARY. BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF IN-DEPTH QUESTIONS ABOUT I-17. BUT WE’RE THERE ON SOUTH MOUNTAIN, AREN’T WE?>>YES, WE ARE. SO I’M EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY. AS MARIO MENTIONED, I AM HE THE CITY’S FREEWAY COORDINATION MANAGER. EACH MONTH WE DO PROVIDE A WRITTEN REPORT OF ALL THE FREEWAY PROJECTS OCCURRING WITHIN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. THIS MONTH WE DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE NEW FACILITY THAT WILL BE OPENING AT THE END OF THE MONTH KNOWN AS SOUTH MOUNTAIN FREEWAY, BUT IS NOT TO HAVE SOME NEW SIGNAGE TO CALL IT THE CONGRESSMAN ED PASTOR FREEWAY. SO FOR 36 YEARS AND THREE MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FACILITY. JUST AS A REMINDER, THE FACILITY STARTS AT 59th AVENUE AND THE I-10 PAPAGO FREEWAY, TRAVELING SOUTH AND EAST R THEN EAST TO THE I-10 MARICOPA FREEWAY. THIS PROJECT DOES DATE BACK TO 1983, AND THAT’S WHERE THE REGIONAL PLANNERS STARTED LOOKING AT THIS FACILITY. FUNDING WAS FINALLY ALLOCATED IN 1985 AND THEN AGAIN IN 2004 THROUGH THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION TAX KNOWN AS PROP 300 AND THEN PROP 400. THIS WAS THE LARGEST FREEWAY PROJECT — CONSTRUCTION PROJECT WITHIN ARIZONA. ALL 22 MILES IS WITHIN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. IT WAS A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS ADOT FOUND THAT IT WAS ABLE TO HAVE CONSTRUCTION OCCUR AT SUCH A RAPID RATE AND BE DONE WITHIN THREE YEARS. THERE WAS A $1.7 BILLION PRICE TAG ON IT. A NUMBER OF ASSETS IT TO THAT 40 BRIDGES, 15 INTERCHANGES, A SIX-MILE SHARED USE PATH IN AHWATUKEE, A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE JUST NORTH OF BROADWAY ROAD. SOME NEW INTERCHANGES WERE ADDED NORTH OF AT THE END OF THE PROJECT. SO AINITIALLY WHEN THIS PROJECT WAS DEVELOPED THERE WAS CONCERN FROM THE AHWATUKEE COMMUNITY THEY WEREN’T SURE THAT THE 32nd STREET INTERCHANGE WOULD BE APPROPRIATE BUT THEY CAME BACK TO ADOT AND SAID THEY WOULD LIKE ONE THAT HAS BEEN ADDED IN AT THAT — THAT THAT PARTICULAR INTERCHANGE WILL STILL TAKE A NUMBER OF MONTHS TO BE COMPLETED WHILE THE FREEWAY IS OPEN. BUT THEN THE GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY ASKED THAT ADOT ADD A NEW INTERCHANGE JUST SOUTH OF ESTRELLA, WHICH IS NOW CALLED THE VI QUIVA WAY AND WILL EXIT DIRECTLY INTO THE INDIAN COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE ASPECTS I MENTIONED WAS THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE. THIS WAS AN EXCITING PART OF THIS PROJECT. YOU CAN SEE HERE JUST NORTH OF BROADWAY ROAD A SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS RIO DELL RAY WAS DEVELOPED. THE CHILDREN OF THE COMMUNITY DID HAVE A SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL WHERE THEY WOULD CROSS THAT BIG DIRT PATH. BUT THROUGH THIS PROJECT WE WERE ABLE TO ADD IN A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE. SO YOU CAN SEE NOW THE BRIDGE IS GOING IN. THERE WERE NUMEROUS MEETINGS WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WITH THE RESIDENTS, AROUND WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO GET THEIR INPUT ON THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT. JUST LAST WEEK THE FINAL PIECE OF THE BRIDGE STRUCTURE, WHICH IS IS A STEEL TRUSS BRIDGE, WAS INSTALLED. THE OFFICE ARTS AND CULTURE HAS WORKED WITH A CONTRACTED ARTIST OUT OF NEW YORK CITY TO COME UP WITH A CONCEPT WITH FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY. SOME OF THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY THE COMMUNITY WERE IS IT GOING TO BE SAFE FOR CHILDREN? IS IT GOING TO BE VISIBLE? IS THERE GOING TO BE GOOD AIR FLOW? ALSO, DOES IT ENHANCE OUR COMMUNITY? AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, THAT’S THE ARTIST’S RENDERING, AND THEN YOU CAN SEE IN THE FABRICATION THAT THEY’RE PLAYING TOGETHER THE DIFFERENT PIECES. THERE IS GOING TO BE A SERIES OF HOLES THAT GO THROUGH. THERE’S GOING TO BE SOME COLORED PANELS ADDED. SO DURING THE DAY YOU’RE GOING TO SEE ALL SORTS OF SHIFTS IN THE COLORING. I JUST ALSO WANTED TO POINT OUT SOME OF THE NEW TRAFFIC INTERCHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE. EARLY ON THE CITY OF PHOENIX HAD SOME STRONGLY WORDED CONVERSATIONS WITH ADOT. THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL WERE CONCERNED THAT SOME OF OUR TRAFFIC INTERCHANGES HAD THE ROADWAY GOING UP AND OVER THE FREEWAY INSTEAD OF AT GROUND LEVEL. WE WERE ABLE TO CONVINCE ADOT IT WORKED IN OUR BEST INTEREST FOR REDEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA IF WE KEPT THE ROADWAY AT GROUND LEVEL. AND SO THIS IS ONE OF THE EXAMPLES OF THE SUCCESS. YOU CAN SEE IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT-HAND CORNER THAT’S A NEW SPROUTS STORE. SO THROUGH SOME PARTNERSHIPS AND WORKING TOGETHER WITH THE BUSINESSES AND WITH LANDOWNERS WE WERE ABLE TO START MAKING SOME PROGRESS IMPLEMENTING — IN PUTTING SOME NEW DEVELOPMENT IN. DOBBINS ROAD IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE WORK THAT THE CITY HAS DONE WITH ADOT. WE WENT TO ADOT TALKING ABOUT HOW WE REALLY WANTED THE CORNERS OF THESE INTERCHANGES TO BE THERE FOR HIGH-TECH, FOR OTHER IMPORTANT USES IN THE COMMUNITY. SO ADOT WENT BACK TO THE TABLE AND REDESIGNED SOME OF THE DRAINAGE BASINS SO THAT WAY 2.5 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF DEVELOPABLE LAND WAS NOW AVAILABLE AT DOBBINS. ESTRELLA ROAD IS ONE OF THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF THIS SYSTEM. IT IS A DOUBLE ROUNDABOUT. ALSO KNOWN PASSES A DOG BONE INTERCHANGE. THAT WAS A WAY TO FIT THIS INTERCHANGE IN AND LOOKING AT THE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IT WOULD WORK THE BEST IN THAT AREA. LOOKING WEST IN AHWATUKEE, LOOKING FROM THE I-10 MARICOPA, YOU COULD START TO SEE THE WORK THAT’S HAPPENING — OR HAS HAPPENED WITH THE FREEWAY, AND PECOS PARK IS IN THE TOP LEFT-HAND CORNER. JUST TO SHOW YOU THE CHANGE THAT’S OCCURRED IN THREE YEARS, I’VE PULLED TOGETHER A COUPLE OF SLIDES. BACK IN JANUARY OF 2017 THIS IS WHAT 17th AVENUE AND PECOS ROAD LOOKED LIKE. TODAY YOU HAVE A NEW DIVERGING DIAMOND AT THE INTERCHANGE AT THIS INTERSECTION AND YOU CAN SEE THAT THE FREEWAY IS IN. AT THE SALT RIVER BACK IN JANUARY 2017 THE CHALLENGE WITH THAT, YOU HAD THIS LARGE EXPANSE THAT NEEDED TO BE CROSSED. ANY OF YOU WHO LIVE AND COMMUTE OUT IN THE SOUTHWEST VALLEY KNOW THAT THERE’S MINIMAL CROSSINGS TO GET OVER THE RIVER THOSE TIMES WHEN IT DOES FLOOD. WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS WE FINALLY HAVE A TWO-BRIDGE STRUCTURE GOING OVER THE RIVERBED. RIGHT AT 59th AVENUE AND INTERSTATE 10 THE PAPAGO FRAY WAY, THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE BACK IN JANUARY OF 2017. HERE’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW. SO YOU HAVE ALL THE DIRECT TIE-IN RAMPS, DIRECT HOV RAMPS. THE COMMUNITY TO THE WEST WAS ABLE TO BE PRESERVED. THE WORK THAT TOOK PLACE WAS OFF TO THE EAST. AND THOSE BUSINESSES THAT NEEDED TO BE MOVED, OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WORKED TO KEEP THEM WITHIN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. SO THAT BEING SAID, THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS PLANNING A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION. MORE INFORMATION TO COME. THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IS PUTTING TOGETHER MATERIAL THAT WILL BE RELEASED. WE’LL GET IT TO YOUR OFFICES TO PUSH OUT TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS. BUT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st, FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M., THERE IS GOING TO BE A CELEBRATION. AT THAT CELEBRATION INDIVIDUALS WILL BE ABLE TO PARK ON THE FREEWAY AND WALK, RUN, PLAY ON THE FREEWAY AS WELL. ADOT IS COORDINATING AN ICELESS ICE SKATING RINK, BOUNCY HOUSES, FOOD TRUCKS, OTHER VENDORS AND THE 70 WILL HAVE A NUMBER OF CITY DEPARTMENTS THERE PUTTING OUT INFORMATION. IF YOU OR YOUR COUNCIL OFFICES WOULD LIKE TO BAR DISSIPATE AND HAVE A TENT, WE CAN MAKE THAT WORK AS WELL. IT’S A TECHNOLOGY THAT’S BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION, BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE COLD, BUT YOU DO HAVE SPECIAL SKATES THAT YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO SKATE ON IT AS IF IT WAS ICE. SO THAT WILL BE FREE TO THE PUBLIC. SO WITH THAT, MADAM CHAIR, AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS, I’M AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.>>Councilwoman Williams: QUESTIONS?>>Councilwoman Stark: I JUST WANTED TO SAY I THINK IT’S QUITE AN HONOR TO NAME IT AFTER YOUR DAD, LAURA.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I KNOW.>>Councilwoman Stark: THAT’S VERY SPECIAL. CONGRATULATIONS.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THANK YOU. I HAVE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE ESPINOZA, DIEGO ESPINOZA, WHO WAS THE CHAMPION OF IT, AND — I’M SORRY — HE APPROACHED ME DURING THIS MONTH LAST YEAR AND JUST SAID, HEY, WE WANT TO DO THIS. WE WERE GOING TO DO THIS. BUT NOW WE’RE REALLY GOING TO PUSH. AND IT TOOK HIM A YEAR. I JUST WENT, I THINK, A MONTH AGO TO TESTIFY IN FRONT OF THE COMMITTEE, WHICH IS REALLY A SMALL COMMITTEE, AND I WAS, LIKE, IS THIS HOW COMMITTEES RUN HERE AT THE STATE? WHAT I WAS VERY EXCITED TO HEAR WAS THAT ALL THE TRIBES WERE IN LINE IN NAMING THE FREEWAY. IN ADDITION, MANY OF THE CITIES WERE LINE. SO IT WAS VERY EXCITING TO HEAR THAT MOMENT. SO, IT IS EXCITING.>>Councilwoman Williams: [INAUDIBLE] DAD DID FOR THIS STATE AND THIS COMMUNITY, IT’S MOST DESERVED.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I AGREE WITH THAT HE WAS A WORKHORSE, NOT A SHOW HORSE, AND HE JUST WORKED, AND IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY AND IMPROVING COMMUNITY LIVES AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY. SO IT IS WELL DESERVED. I WILL SAY THAT.>>Councilwoman Williams: ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? OKAY. WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE IN JANUARY.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Williams: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE REPORT AND ALL THE HARD WORK YOU PUT IN ON THIS.>>THE LAST ITEM ON THE AGENDA TODAY IS AN UPDATE ON THE 3rd STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WHICH WAS REQUESTED BY COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR AT A RECENT MEETING, AND HERE TO TALK ABOUT IT ARE STREET DIRECTOR KINI KNUDSEN.>>THANK YOU. HAPPY TO BE HERE THIS MORNING TO TALK TO YOU MORE ABOUT A CRITICAL PROJECT WE ARE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW, VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT TO OUR DEPARTMENT, THE 3rd STREET PROJECT AND IT GOES FROM ROOSEVELT ALL THE WAY UP TO INDIAN SCHOOL AND I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THE HISTORY BEHIND THIS PROJECT BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING THAT COUNCIL WAS INVOLVED WITH BACK IN 2014. WE HAD A DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION PLAN THAT LOOKED AT HOW PEOPLE GET INTO AND OUT OF THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND ONE OF THE KEY PROJECTS THAT CAME OUT OF THAT WAS THE 3rd STREET PROJECT. ACTUALLY, IT’S BEEN ON A NUMBER OF PLANNING DOCUMENTS TO KIND OF LOOK AT HOW WE MAKE — RECOGNIZE THIS UNIQUE ROADWAY THAT COMES INTO AND OUT OF DOWNTOWN. IT IS A — PRIMARILY A BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PROJECT — ORIENTED PROJECT TO LOOK AT THOSE MODES BUT I ALSO TELL YOU IT HAS IMPROVEMENTS IN PROJECT AS WELL THAT BRIANA IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT LATER THAT ALSO HELPS FOR VEHICULAR TRACKIC TO GO IN AND OUT USING 3rd STREET. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SUPPORT THROUGH THIS PROJECT WHICH IS GOOD. THERE HAVE BEEN SOME DELAYS IN GETTING THIS PROJECT MOVING. A LOT OF THAT IS GOING TO COME BACK TO WHAT WE’RE DOING A LOT OF ON OUR PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE GO IN NO ONE IS GOING TO GO IN AND TEAR UP THE ROADWAY AFTERWARDS. A LITTLE BIT THAT I KNOW IS NEAR AND DEAR TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS IS COORDINATION AND ALIGNMENT. HOW DOES THIS PROJECT WORK WITH EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON DOWNTOWN AND AROUND OUR CITY. THE FIRST THING I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT WAS OUR BICYCLE MASTER PLAN. ALSO ADOPTED BY COUNCIL IN 2014 THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE PROJECT THAT CAME OUT OF THE BICYCLE MASTER PLAN IN. SO WE’RE WORKING ON THAT AND MAKING SURE THIS COORDINATED WITH OUR BICYCLE MASTER PLAN. WE’RE ALSO UPDATING THE BICYCLE MASTER PLAN. THIS WILL BE COORDINATED WITH THAT AS WELL. WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW NEARING THE END OF OUR EFFORT IS THE KEY QUARTERS MASTER PLAN. THIS IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT HOW DO WE ACCOMMODATE THESE MULTIPLE MODES IN OUR STREETS AND UNDERSTANDING THAT DIFFERENT STREETS HAVE DIFFERENT PURPOSES AND FUNCTIONS AND HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE DESIGNED AND OPERATE CORRECTLY FOR THE MODES WE WANT TO PRIORITIZE IN THOSE AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE WILL BE TALKING TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE LATER TOO ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THAT PLAN AND EFFORT. ANOTHER ONE THAT’S ALSO INVOLVED IN DOWNTOWN IS DEALING WITH LIGHT RAIL IS THE REINVENT PHOENIX PLAN. THIS IS REALLY LOOKING AT DEVELOPMENT THAT OCCURS ON OR ADJACENT TO LIGHT RAIL. THIS 3ED STREET BEING CLOSE TO THE CENTRAL AND LIGHT RAIL CORRIDOR, THAT’S SOMETHING WE’RE TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION. FINALLY, THE DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION PLAN THAT WE DID IN 2014, THAT IS NOW BEING UPDATED IN 2019 AND SO WE’RE MAKING SURE THIS PROJECT WE’RE WORKING ON HERE IS COORDINATED WITH THAT UPDATING THAT PLAN. THIS IS A MAP WE HAVE SHARED WITH THE SUBCOMMITTEE PREVIOUSLY. IT SHOWS HOW WE’RE CONNECTING OUR BICYCLE FACILITIES IN DOWNTOWN AND TRYING TO MAKE SURE THEY CONNECT BOTH EAST-WEST AND NORTH-SOUTH BUT ALSO TO DESTINATIONS ALONG DOWNTOWN, EVEN THE CAMELBACK EAST CORE. YOU CAN SEE OUR GRAND CANALSCAPE PROJECT, 20th STREET PROJECT AND OAK STREET PROJECT. THEY’RE ALL IN VARIOUS STAGES OF DESIGN. OUR 3rd STREET PROJECT WHICH IS NEARING THE END OF THE DESIGN. AND THEN OUR COLTER STREET DESIGN. KIND OF APPRECIATION OF 3rd STREET, THE FIRST THING I WANTED TO POINT OUT IS THE MAP, THE MAP SHOWS THE LIGHT RAIL AND BUS ALIGNMENT HERE ON CENTRAL AVENUE. IT’S THE YELLOW ONE WITH THE BLUE RECTANGLES ON THERE. THEN YOU ALSO HAVE THE OTHER YELLOW LINE GOING NORTH-SOUTH. THAT REPRESENTS 7th STREET. THAT OPERATES MORE WITH BOTH BUSES AND A COMMUTER-STYLE SERVICE. SO YOU HAVE CENTRAL THAT OPERATES WITH BUSES AND LIGHT RAIL, AND 7th STREET HAS COMMUTERS AND BUSES, AND 3rd STREET SITS IN THE MIDDLE THERE AND HAS A UNIQUE PURPOSE THERE. IT DOESN’T OPERATE THE SAME WAY AS CENTRAL AVENUE. IT’S NOT CENTRAL AVENUE, IT’S NOT 7th STREET. THIS IS THE CORRIDOR. WE ARE EMPHASIZING CONNECTIVITY WITH 3rd STREET AS WELL. A COUPLE THINGS ON HERE, ONE IS OUR RECREATION FACILITIES WITH BURTON BARR LIBRARY — SORRY WITH HANCE PARK AND STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK IN THERE. WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT OUR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND INCLUDING BURTON BARR LIBRARY WITH ARIZONA SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND [INAUDIBLE] ALONG THIS ALIGNMENT.>>Councilwoman Williams: COUNCILWOMAN?>>Councilwoman Pastor: KINI, I HAVE — I’M NOT YOU SURE HOW WE’LL DO ASA AND ST. MARY’S WHEN THEY’RE AT PEAK, AND THEY’RE AT PEAK IN THE MORNING AND THEY’RE AT PEAK IN THE AFTERNOON. GOING DOWN TO THE TWO LANES. I’M NOT SURE — ALREADY WITH THE TWO LANES THERE’S A GRIDLOCK THAT HAPPENS ABOUT 3:00, 3:30 TRYING TO GET INTO ASA AND DO PICKUPS AND THERE IS — WITH ST. MARY’S EIGHTS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU CAN GO INTO A PARKING LOT, BUT ST. MARY’S THEN GETS GRIDLOCKED TRYING TO COME OUT. OUT OF THE PARKING LOT AND JUST SITTING THERE. YOU’RE THE EXPERTS ON HOW YOU’RE GOING TO FLOW AT THOSE PEAK HOURS. AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE BEEN OUT THERE IN THE MORNING, OR AFTERNOON. THEN IT’S GRIDLOCKED AT McDOWELL. ASA, PARENTS ARE TRYING TO GET IN. OTHER PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET OUT. THERE’S NO MOVEMENT HAPPENING. I’M JUST — I KNOW YOU’RE LOOKING AT ALL THIS, BUT, TO ME, IT’S THE FLOW.>>THAT’S A GREAT POINT. THAT’S SOMETHING WE WORKED THROUGH BOTH IN THE DESIGN PHASE — SO WE’VE LOOKED AT TRAFFIC COUNTS AND ACCOMMODATING THOSE THINGS, BUT I WILL TELL YOU PART OF IT IS GOING TO BE HOW — IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT GOING INTO CONSTRUCTION, IT’S PHASING AND [INAUDIBLE] STILL WORKS AS IT IS. BRIANA WILL TALK ABOUT IT MORE WHEN SHE TALKS MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT, BUT WE STILL HAVE SOME MORE ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN EARLY NEXT YEAR BEFORE WE START CONSTRUCTION ON THIS PROJECT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: OKAY. THEN THE OTHER AREA IS OSBORN. BECAUSE EARL IS GOING TO HAVE A MULTI-FAMILY UNITS THERE THAT I WANT TO SAY IS 200 OR — THAT I WANT TO SAY IS 200 OR MORE. IT’S PRETTY BIG. AND SO EARL IS NOW GOING TO BECOME ONE OF THOSE STREETS THAT IT NEVER WAS BEFORE, A STREET THAT’S GOING TO MOVE PEOPLE IN AND OUT, WHICH MEANS THERE’S GOING TO BE GRIDLOCK AT THOMAS AGAIN AND AT OSBORN. I’M JUST THINKING THESE 30 THROUGHS AS I KNOW WHAT PROJECTS ARE COMING UP. AND SO I JUST WANT TO BE CONSCIENTIOUS OF THAT AND SEE HOW WE MOVE EVERYBODY.>>WE DEFINITELY APPRECIATE THAT. IN ADDITION TO THE EDUCATIONAL — WE’RE LOOKING AT THE DESTINATIONS ALONG THIS CORRIDOR AS WELL. I WANTED TO — WE HAVE HEARD MUSEUM, PHOENIX ART MUSEUM AND ALSO THE V.A. HOSPITAL, MAJOR DESTINATIONS ALONG THIS CORRIDOR OR ADJACENT TO THIS CORRIDOR. NOW — I’LL TALK MORE ABOUT 3rd STREET AND I’LL TURN IT OVER TO BRIANA TO TAKE OVER THE REST OF THE PRESENTATION AND WALK YOU THROUGH THE PROJECT ITSELF.>>THANK YOU. WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE PROJECT OBJECTIVES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT. 3rd STREET IS A COLLECTOR STREET AND OUR GREATEST OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE A SAFE LOW-STRESS, LO-VOLUME BICYCLE CORRIDOR. EASE WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE BICYCLE MASTER PLAN WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT OUR COLLECTOR STREET NETWORK SYSTEM TO EXPAND ON OUR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN CORRIDORS. KINI HIGHLIGHTED A LOT OF CONNECTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT. SOME OF THE CONNECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS ARE THE OAK STREET PROJECT, WHICH IS CURRENTLY UNDER DESIGN AND WILL BEGIN CONSTRUCTION NEXT FISCAL YEAR. IN ADDITION TO OUR GRAND CANAL PROJECT WHICH IS GETTING SET TO OPEN IN THE BEGINNING OF 2020 AS WELL AS EXISTING BIKE LANES THAT EXIST CURRENTLY ON ROOSEVELT STREET. IMPROVING TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IS IMPORTANT AND SO THERE IS A SEGMENT BETWEEN McDOWELL AND OAK STREET RIGHT NOW THAT CURRENTLY HAS NO TWO-WAY LEFT-TURN LANE AND SO WHAT THAT MEANS THERE’S APPROXIMATELY 15 DRIVEWAYS AND FOUR LOCAL STREETS THAT INTERSECT WITH 3rd STREET THERE AND SO THE VEHICLES THAT ARE TRAVELING IN THE CENTER LANES HAVE TO STOP WHEN THERE’S ANY LEFT-TURN MOVEMENTS. SO WE WERE TAKING A LOOK AT IMPROVING TRAFFIC CIRCULATION WITHIN THAT AREA. IT WAS ALSO CRITICAL THAT WE PROVIDED A SAFE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK FOR ALL USERS OF THE ROADWAYS. SO THAT INCLUDED PEDESTRIAN BICYCLISTS AS WELL AS VEHICLES. WE ALSO WANTED TO INTEGRATE COMPLETE STREETS ELEMENTS IN TERMS OF NAY OWER TRAFFIC LANES AND SAFE CROSSINGS. THERE HAS BEEN STRONG COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR THIS PROJECT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. WE HAVE HELD THREE OPEN HOUSES, TWO DURING THE PREDESIGN PHASE AS WELL AS ONE DURING THE DESIGN PHASE. VERY HIGHLY ATTENDED OPEN HOUSES. WE’VE HAD — STAFF HAS HAD VARIOUS STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS. SOME OF THE STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS INCLUDING MIDTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, URBAN PHOENIX PROJECT AS WELL AS SEVERAL OF THE BICYCLING COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WE ARE LOOKING TO HAVE A FINAL OPEN HOUSE IN EARLY 2020. THIS IS WHERE WE WILL SHOW THE COMMUNITY THE FINAL DESIGN PLANS AS WELL AS TALK ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT. ONE OF THE DESIGN ELEMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT. OBVIOUSLY WHEN WE THINK ABOUT A PEDESTRIAN CORRIDOR, IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT WE ADDRESS THE SIDEWALK GAPS AND SO HERE IS A PICTURE OF AN AREA ON 3rd STREET WHERE THERE IS MISSING SIDEWALK. SO WE WILL HAVE CONTINUOUS SIDEWALK ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT WHEN THIS IS COMPLETE. WE ALSO EVALUATED ALL THE EXISTING ADA RAMPS — ALL OF THE RAMPS AND DRIVEWAYS ALONG THIS CORRIDOR. SO THESE WILL ALL BE BROUGHT UP TO CURRENT ADA STANDARDS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 10 EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNALS. WE WILL BE REBUILDING THOSE 10 EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO CURRENT STANDARDS. THAT MEANS INCLUDING PEDESTRIAN PUSH BUTTONS, CAMERAS, AS WELL AS FULL DETECTION AT ALL THE INTERSECTIONS. WE WILL BE CREATING ON-STREET PARKING AREAS WITH THIS PROJECT. THERE ARE FOUR AREAS FOR A TOTAL OF 31 NEW PARKING STALLS, AND WE WILL, AS HIGHLIGHTED IN THIS PICTURE, THESE WILL BE PARKING PROTECTED BIKE LANES. WE WILL USE THESE PARKING AREAS TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR THE BIKE LANE.>>Councilwoman Pastor: CAN I ASK A QUESTION?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>Councilwoman Pastor: IT’S NOT ON THE THIS STREET THAT THE CYCLE TRACK IS GOING TO GO ON. IT’S GOING — I THINK I’M MIXING MY STREETS UP. IT’S 3rd OR 5th –>>3rd AVENUE. STAFF ALSO EVALUATED THE CURRENT STREETLIGHTING AND NORTH OF THE I-10 ALL THE STREETLIGHTS MEET OUR CURRENT STANDARDS. SOUTH OF THE I-10 TO ROOSEVELT WE WILL BE ADDING EIGHT NEW PEDESTRIAN STREETLIGHT COMBINATION LIGHTS AS WELL AS 10 NEW PED LIGHTS ONLY WITHIN THIS AREA. OBVIOUSLY SHADE IS VERY IMPORTANT WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A PEDESTRIAN CORRIDOR AND SO WE’VE EVALUATED THE ENTIRE AREA AND ANYWHERE WE ARE ABLE TO ADD IN TREES FOR SHADE, SHRUBS AND LANDSCAPING, WE ARE ADDING IT IN, BUT WE HAVE ALSO LOOKED AT ADDING SOME — TWO LARGE SHADE STRUCTURES, ONE OF THEM IS SOUTH OF McDOWELL ROAD, THE OTHER IS SOUTH OF EARL DRIVE, AND SO THOSE TWO SHADE STRUCTURES WILL BE ADDED. IN ADDITION, WE RECEIVED SOME PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT FUNDING TO ADD ADDITIONAL SHADE FROM OAK STREET TO INDIAN SCHOOL AND SO THERE WILL BE 13 SMALL SHADE STRUCTURES WITHIN THAT CORRIDOR. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED PROJECT, AND SO THERE WILL BE CONTINUOUS BUFFERED BIKE LANES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROJECT LIMITS. A LOT OF THE AREAS WILL ALSO INCLUDE PROTECTION. WE WILL BE PROVIDING PROTECTION FOR THE BIKE LANES WITH A COMBINATION OF FLEXIBLE DELINEATORS, ARMADILLO RAISED PAVEMENT MARKERS AS WELL AS UTILIZING PARKING IN THOSE SPECIFIC FOUR AREAS. ANOTHER SAFETY FEATURE WE WILL BE ADDING ARE DASHED LINES THROUGH NON-SIGNALIZED INTERSECTIONS AS SHOWN HERE, THE GREEN DASHED LINE AREAS. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE POSSIBLE CONFLICT POINTS FOR BOTH DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY FOUR EXISTING CROSSWALKS WITHIN THE PROJECT LIMITS AND SO ALL OF THOSE WILL BE CONVERTED TO HIGH VISIBILITY CROSSWALKS WITH ADDITIONAL STRIPING AND SIGNAGE AND WE WILL ALSO BE ADDING IN FIVE NEW HIGH VISIBILITY CROSSWALKS. ONE OF THOSE CROSSWALKS WILL BE AT VERNON AVENUE, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A RAPID FLASHING BEACON WITH YELLOW FLASHING LIGHTS. SO THAT ONE — OBVIOUSLY THAT VERNON ALIGNMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT’S IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LIGHT RAIL STATION ON CENTRAL, AND ALSO PROVIDES A LOT OF TRAFFIC IN TERMS OF ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL.>>Councilwoman Pastor: THAT’S ONE OF THEIR ISSUES.>>AND SO AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE THIS WILL WILL WRAP UP IN SPRING OF 2020. SO WE WILL HOLD THE PUBLIC MEETING PRIOR TO WRAPPING UP THE DESIGN COMPLETION. OBVIOUSLY IT’S VERY IMPORTANT BEFORE WE GO THROUGH BECAUSE THERE IS AN OVERLAY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROJECT AND SO BEFORE WE GO THROUGH AND DO THAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE COORDINATING WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE RIGHT-OF-WAY, AND SO CONSTRUCTION SLATED TO START FALL 2020. WATER SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS A PROJECT THEY WILL BE BEGINNING IN SPRING OF 2020, A WATER LINE PROJECT. THAT IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETE SOMEWHERE AROUND AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER. SO WE ARE PREPARED TO COME IN AND GO IN SHORTLY AFTER — AS SOON AS THEY COMPLETE THAT PROJECT. AND THEN OUR CONSTRUCTION COMPLETION DATE IS SPRING OF 2020. WE’RE HOPING FOR SOONER, BUT THIS IS PROBABLY A VERY LARGE PROJECT FOR US, ABOUT FOUR MILES OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED. AND SO WE’LL BE ANTICIPATING SPRING 2022, WE HOPE TO DELIVER THAT SOONER. WITH THAT WE’LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.>>Councilwoman Williams: COUNCILWOMAN?>>Councilwoman Stark: I ACTUALLY HAD A QUESTION ON THE LANE CONFIGURATIONS. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT YOU COULD DO A STUDY SHOWING THE SPEEDS NOW VERSUS WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN AFTER THE LANES ARE CONFIGURED HE? OR HAVE YOU ALREADY DONE THAT IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY?>>I’M NOT AWARE IF WE HAVE ANY STUDIES ON THAT, BUT I THINK THAT’S A GREAT IDEA. BECAUSE WE DO THIS MORE AND MORE WITH THE ACCELERATED PAVEMENT PROGRAM. WE’RE NARROWING A LOT OF THESE TRAVEL LANES. SO THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SHOW MOVING FROM 12-FOOT TO AN 11-FOOT LANE 10-FOOT LANE WHAT DOES THAT DO TO THE SPEED AND COMFORT LEVEL FOR VEHICLES OUT THERE AND SEE HOW IT AFFECTS DRIVER BEHAVIOR.>>Councilwoman Stark: I WOULD BE CURIOUS ONLY BECAUSE SPEEDING CONTINUES TO BE A PROBLEM IN OUR CITY, AND I THINK THERE PROBABLY HAVE BEEN STUDIES THAT SHOW A NARROWER LANE SHOWS THE TRAFFIC DOWN BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO DO A STUDY HERE IN THE CITY OF PHOENIX. I KNOW AS WE TRY TO BUILD UP OUR MOTORS WE’VE GOT TO FIND WAYS TO LESSEN THE SPEEDS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.>>Councilwoman Williams: ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? VERY GOOD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>Councilwoman Williams: FUTURE AGENDA? NO PUBLIC? NO PUBLIC. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS?>>Councilwoman Pastor: I HAVE ONE, AND I DON’T KNOW IF — WE COULD — I DON’T KNOW. I WANT TO LOOK AT STREET RACING. STREET RACING –>>Councilwoman Williams: I CAN TELL YOU WHERE TO GO TO WATCH IT ALMOST EVERY NIGHT.>>Councilwoman Pastor: I COULD TELL YOU TOO. NOW CENTRAL. NOW THOMAS. AND NOW LAVEEN. I SAW A WHOLE THING ON LAVEEN. AND THEN ALL OF OUR WEST SIDE ARE STREET RACING. SO I WANT TO START LOOKING AT THAT.>>Councilwoman Stark: YEAH. I LIKE THAT.>>Councilwoman Williams: I DO, TOO.>>Councilwoman Pastor: TO ME, IT’S A SAFETY ISSUE. WE CAN START ON TRANSPORTATION.>>Councilwoman Williams: ANYANYONE ELSE HAVE ANYTHING? OKAY, HEARING NONE, WE’RE ADJOURNED.

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