News Conference: Transportation Study confirms Phoenicians use Mass Transit with Bikes and Walking

News Conference: Transportation Study confirms Phoenicians use Mass Transit with Bikes and Walking


[ MUSIC ]>>WE ARE HERE TODAY TO RELEASE
THIS NEW REPORT BY THE ARIZONA PIRG EDUCATION FUND AND
ST. LUKE’S HEALTH INITIATIVES, “BIKES, TRAINS & LESS DRIVING.” THE REPORT DOCUMENTS HOW ARIZONA
IS EXPERIENCING A SHIFT IN HOW PEOPLE TRAVEL. SINCE 2005 ARIZONANS HAVE BEEN
DRIVING FEWER MILES AND INCREASING THE NUMBER OF MILES
USED ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. MORE SPECIFICALLY, BETWEEN 2005
AND 2012, ARIZONA SAW A 10.5% DECLINE IN ANNUAL VEHICLE MILES
TRAVELED PER CAPITA. ARIZONANS ALSO DRIVE FEWER MILES
TODAY THAN WE DID SEVEN YEARS AGO AND FEWER PER PERSON THAN WE
DID IN 1994. DESPITE AN INCREASING
POPULATION, FEWER VEHICLES ARE ON ARIZONA’S ROADS. THE PERCENT OF HOUSEHOLDS WITH
NO VEHICLE HAS INCREASED FOR THE PHOENIX AREA, AND THE PERCENT OF
HOUSEHOLDS WITH TWO OR MORE VEHICLES HAS ALSO DECREASED. MANY FACTORS SHOW THAT THE SHIFT
AWAY FROM DRIVING INTO OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORTATION IS
LIKELY TO BE LONG LASTING. THESE INCLUDE: THE TREND AWAY
FROM DRIVING IS BEING LED BY MILLENNIALS, THE LARGEST
GENERATION IN THE UNITED STATES. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MORE
LIKELY THAN THE REST OF THE POPULATION TO USE PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION AND WALK AND BIKE TO GET AROUND. ARIZONA’S POPULATION SKEWS
SLIGHTLY OLDER THAN THE REST OF THE NATION. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OFFERS A
GOOD ALTERNATIVE FOR SENIORS WHO MAY FEEL THAT MANAGING A CAR IS
TOO BURDENSOME OR FOR THOSE WHO CAN NO LONGER SAFELY OPERATE A
VEHICLE. FEWER ARIZONANS ARE ALSO MAKING
A COMMUTE TO AND FROM WORK, AND WE’RE SEEING A TREND THAT
MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE SHOPPING ONLINE. AT THIS POINT LET ME TURN IT
OVER TO THE COUNCILMAN, AND THEN AFTER THAT, VALLEY
METRO AND THE CITY OF PHOENIX WILL TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE OF
WHAT WE’RE EXPERIENCING IN THE PHOENIX AREA WHEN IT COMES
TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TRENDS.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’M HONORED TO REPRESENT THE
CITY OF PHOENIX. I’M ALSO HONORED TO BE THE
COUNCIL MEMBER FOR DISTRICT 5, WHICH IS CENTRAL AND WEST
PHOENIX, ARGUABLY THE MOST DIVERSE DISTRICT IN THE CITY. AND IN THIS PARTICULAR DISTRICT,
IN THIS PARTICULAR CITY, YOU’RE GOING TO FIND THE SAME COMMENTS
WHEN IT COMES TO WANTING A MORE MULTI-MODAL CITY, EVERYTHING
FROM EXTENDING LIGHT RAIL, WHICH, BY THE WAY, I’M HONORED
THAT LIGHT RAIL IS BEING EXTENDED INTO DISTRICT 5 AS WE
SPEAK OFF OF 19th AVENUE, WHETHER IT’S LIGHT RAIL,
OR PERHAPS THE NEW BIKESHARE PROGRAM THAT IS ALMOST HERE WITH
THE CITY OF PHOENIX, WE’RE JUST MAKING MORE OF A WALKABLE CITY. PEOPLE WANT MORE OF A
MULTI-MODAL CITY, AND SO I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OF
EVERYONE, OF ALL OF THE AGENCIES BEHIND ME, AND ALL OF OUR
STAKEHOLDERS, AND, OF COURSE, COMING UP WITH THIS TYPE OF
INFORMATION. WHETHER YOU GO WITH COMPLETE
STREETS OR ANY OTHER MODE OF COMMUNICATING WITH OUR
RESIDENTS, WHETHER IT’S THE GENERAL PLAN, MY PLAN PHOENIX,
OR ANY OTHER MODE OF COMMUNICATION, YOU’RE GOING TO
FIND MANY OF THE SAME TRENDS. PEOPLE WANT TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE
THE CAR AT HOME. SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO LIVE
WITHOUT A VEHICLE. WHEN YOU THINK OF THOSE CITIES
THAT WOULD BE QUALIFIED AS THE MOST WALKABLE CITIES IN AMERICA,
CITIES LIKE BOSTON, FOR EXAMPLE, AREAS LIKE WASHINGTON D.C.,
NEW YORK CITY, PHOENIX ASPIRES TO BE IN THAT CONVERSATION AS
ONE OF THE MOST WALKABLE CITIES IN AMERICA. BUT MORE THAN JUST CONVERSATION,
IT’S ABOUT ACTION, AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT
DIRECTION. SO WITH THAT, I APPRECIATE,
AGAIN, ALL THE EFFORT FROM EVERYONE WHO REPRESENTS
THE AGENCIES BEHIND ME, AND GOD BLESS.>>HI. GOOD AFTERNOON. HILLARY FOOSE WITH VALLEY METRO. THANK YOU, DIANE AND COUNCIL
MEMBER VALENZUELA FOR YOUR SUPPORT. WE’RE EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY
TO RELEASE THIS REPORT. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT SEEING
ARIZONANS WANTING AND NEEDING MORE MOBILITY OPTIONS. WITH THIS REPORT, THERE’S
CONFIRMATION OF A SHIFT BY MILLENNIALS TO STEER AWAY
FROM DRIVING AND THEIR USE OF ALTERNATIVE MODES. WITH THE ADVENT OF LIGHT RAIL
AND OUR GROWING BUS NETWORK, WE ARE EXPERIENCING A CHANGE IN THE
WAY PEOPLE VIEW TRANSIT. THEY WANT MORE TRANSIT. AND THEY REALIZE ITS IMPORTANCE
TO GROWING COMMUNITIES. LAST YEAR WE HAD OUR HIGHEST
RIDERSHIP ON RECORD FOR OUR BUS AND LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM. 73 MILLION PEOPLE TOOK
TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION LAST YEAR. IN FACT, OUR LIGHT RAIL
RIDERSHIP IS NEARING ITS 2020 PROJECTION WITH 48,000 RIDERS
DAILY. THIS SUCCESS HAS LED TO
INCREDIBLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INCREDIBLE VIABILITY FOR OUR
REGION, AND ALSO IS HELPING TO BUILD A MORE SUSTAINABLE AND
ATTRACTIVE PHOENIX METRO AREA FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
ALIKE. VALLEY METRO CONTINUES TO BUILD
THE TOTAL TRANSIT NETWORK TO SERVE MILLENNIALS, AS YOU WILL
READ IN THIS REPORT, COMMUTERS, STUDENTS, PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES, SENIORS AND, OF COURSE, VISITORS TO THE VALLEY. OUR SERVICE SUPPORTS THE
MOBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED COMMUNITY AND PROVIDES
SENIORS MAYBE WANTING TO LIVE A MORE CAR-FREE LIFE THOSE
OPTIONS. WE ALSO HELP TO CONTRIBUTE TO A
HEALTHIER COMMUNITY WITH OUR MANY BIKE-WALK CONNECTIONS TO
OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM, AND OF COURSE, WE’RE ALL LOOKING
FORWARD TO THE FUTURE BIKESHARE PROGRAM. WE ALSO PROVIDE SEAMLESS
CONNECTIONS FOR VISITORS. WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HOSTING
THE SUPER BOWL IN 2015, BUT ALSO WE’VE HELPED SERVE THE MAJOR
CONVENTIONS, MAJOR EVENTS THAT HAVE COME TO THE PHOENIX METRO
AREA FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. SO WE’RE ALL LOOKING AHEAD. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET THE
DEMAND FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OF THE PHOENIX REGION WITH THE
EXPANSION OF LIGHT RAIL. WE’RE EXPECTING 40 MORE MILES BY
2026. OF COURSE, ENHANCING THE
BACKBONE OF OUR SYSTEM, OUR BUS NETWORK. AND, OF COURSE, CREATING MORE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BIKING AND WALKING IN OUR COMMUNITY,
BENEFITING THIS GENERATION AND GENERATIONS TO COME. THANK YOU.>>GOOD MORNING. MY NAME IS MARIA HYATT. I’M WITH THE CITY OF PHOENIX AND
I’M THE INTERIM PUBLIC TRANSIT DIRECTOR, AND THAT’S MARIA
M-A-R-I-A, LAST NAME HYATT, JUST LIKE THE HOTEL, H-Y-A-T-T. THIS MESSAGE THAT PIRG HAS
PROVIDED FOLLOWS ALONG WITH WHAT THE CITY OF PHOENIX HAS BEEN
SAYING FOR YEARS, WHICH IS TRANSIT IS AN INCREDIBLY
IMPORTANT PART OF OUR NETWORK IN OUR COMMUNITY. IN FACT, OUR COMMUNITY AND THE
CITY OF PHOENIX HAVE INVESTED HEAVILY IN TRANSIT TO HELP BUILD
A GREAT FOUNDATION FOR OUR SYSTEM. BUT THERE’S SIGNIFICANTLY MORE
WORK TO BE DONE AS THE REPORT INDICATES, THAT WE NEED TO BE
ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY TO TALK ABOUT WHERE THEY WANT TO SEE
TRANSIT GO IN THE FUTURE, AND, IN FACT, OUR CITY COUNCIL HAS
LED THE WAY BY HAVING A NETWORK, A NEW COMMUNITY GROUP THAT IS
GOING TO BE FOCUSED ON TRANSPORTATION ISSUES, BOTH
COMPLETE STREETS AS WELL AS PUBLIC TRANSIT. THIS GROUP WAS FORMED IN JULY OF
THIS YEAR, AND THEY WILL BE WORKING OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF
MONTHS TO REALLY RESEARCH THE CITY’S TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND
DETERMINE WHAT THE NEXT STEPS FOR OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD BE. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE READY
BY THE END OF THE YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR. AS THE REPORT DISCUSSES, BIKES,
TRAINS AND LESS DRIVING… WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT ALL OF
THOSE ASPECTS ARE TO OUR COMMUNITY IN MAKING IT A GREAT
CITY. FOR INSTANCE, THE CITY OF
PHOENIX WAS THE FIRST TRANSIT AGENCY IN THE NATION TO PROVIDE
BIKE RACKS ON EVERY ONE OF OUR BUSES, AND WE RECOGNIZED THE
IMPORTANCE OF THE MULTIPLE MODES THAT OUR RESIDENTS TAKE TO GET
TO WHERE THEY’RE GOING, WHETHER IT’S TO SCHOOL, TO WORK,
TO HAVE FUN, TO GO TO WORSHIP, TO DOCTORS’ APPOINTMENTS. WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS. IN FACT, LAST YEAR WE CARRIED
MORE THAN 1 MILLION BIKES ON OUR BUSES AS WELL AS OUR 47 MILLION
PASSENGERS. SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO
THIS CONTINUED DIALOGUE ABOUT COMPLETE STREETS AND TRANSIT
OVER THE COMING YEAR, AND WE HOPE THAT OUR COMMUNITY EMBRACES
THAT AND GIVE US THEIR OPINIONS. WE WILL HAVE A VARIETY OF
METHODS AND MODES TO GAIN THAT OPINION, AND WE APPRECIATE OUR
PARTNERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS LIKE PIRG. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>GOOD MORNING. I’M JON FORD FROM THE ST. LUKE’S
HEALTH INITIATIVES. WE ARE A PUBLIC FOUNDATION
FOCUSED ON IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF ALL ARIZONANS. WE FUNDED THIS REPORT BECAUSE
WHAT WE’VE RUN INTO IS A LOT OF PEOPLE SAYING THAT THE WAY THAT
CITIES ARE BEING ORGANIZED AROUND MULTI-MODAL
TRANSPORTATION DOESN’T APPLY TO ARIZONA, THAT THAT’S FOR
PORTLAND, THAT THAT’S FOR OTHER CITIES. BUT IN FACT THE REPORT IS
ACTUALLY IN ESSENCE A DEMAND STUDY THAT SAYS THAT CITIZENS DO
WANT TO HAVE MULTI-MODAL WAYS OF TRANSPORT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T
SEEN IT FIRST-HAND, TRY IT. STAND ON THE CORNER OF THOMAS
AND CENTRAL AT HIGH NOON TODAY IN THE HEAT AND YOU’LL SEE
DOZENS OF CYCLISTS. YOU’LL SEE PEDESTRIANS. YOU’LL SEE FOLKS USING LIGHT
RAIL. YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THE RECORD
NUMBERS OF RIDERSHIP THERE. AND THIS IS A CRUCIAL ISSUE TO
ST. LUKE’S HEALTH INITIATIVES BECAUSE IT IS A MATTER OF
HEALTH. IT IS A MATTER OF COMMUNITY
WELL-BEING. STUDIES ARE VERY CLEAR THAT WHEN
LIGHT RAIL IS PRESENT THERE IS A MEASURABLE WEIGHT LOSS, ACTUAL
WEIGHT LOSS AMONG LIGHT RAIL USERS THAT AVERAGES 6.45 POUNDS. THAT WAS A STUDY THAT CAME OUT
OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. BUT IT IS ABOUT OUR BUILT
ENVIRONMENT AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTS
HEALTHY WAYS OF LIVING, ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD, THE ABILITY TO
EXPERIENCE MULTI-MODAL TRANSIT AND TRANSPORTATION. THESE ARE KEY ISSUES TOWARDS THE
ECONOMIC WELL-BEING AND THE HEALTHY WELL-BEING OF OUR
COMMUNITIES. AND SO WE’RE REALLY GLAD TO BE
HERE TODAY. WE’RE GLAD TO SEE THAT THE
INFORMATION IN THE REPORT BACKS WHAT WE KNOW TO BE IMPORTANT TO
ARIZONANS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THE GREAT WORK THAT’S
BEING DONE BY ALL THE MEMBERS YOU SEE BEHIND US WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN, WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT THE BIKE MASTER PLAN, THE TREE AND SHADE MASTER PLAN. THESE ARE ALL VITAL TO MAKING A
MUCH BETTER CITY AND A MUCH BETTER ENVIRONMENT. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT
FUTURE HERE IN PHOENIX. THANK YOU. CLOSED CAPTION PRODUCTIONS
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