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December APA/ASLA Networking Event

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Valley Metro Office

101 North 1st Avenue

Suite 1300

Phoenix, Arizona 85003

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Our November Walkability was a great success where our attendees got hands one exposure with what creates a place we want to move. As we look to provide alternatives to autocentric travel, having professional viewpoints on multimodal transportation opportunities is key to providing accessibility and mobility choices to citizens.

Our Wednesday December 6th meeting will welcome Mike James, the City of Phoenix BRT Administrator, as our featured guest. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. Prior to joining Phoenix Mike worked as a transportation planner for such agencies as Maricopa County, Mesa and Seattle on transit and transportation visions.

Mike was the project manager for the Accessible Mt. Baker multimodal Plan which was centered around a problematic and dangerous intersection, served by elevated light rail, high frequency bus service and lacked safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The project area also included an Olmsted Boulevard, an active neighborhood organization, and had recently completed a city initiated up zoning. This project employed a unique approach to public outreach by hiring community liaisons to work on the project with their respective language and cultural groups. At the conclusion of this planning phase, the local bicycle blog wrote that the “Mt Baker intersection redesign could revolutionize transportation in South Seattle” as the plan and approach were both radical and widely supported by the neighborhood.

Additionally, Mike will prove a brief update on the City of Phoenix’s emerging Bus Rapid Transit Program. Please share and join us at this regularly scheduled event which we hold on the first Wednesday of EVERY month.

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Phoenix, Arizona 85003

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