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Regional Transportation Plan
The MAG Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) serves as the policy framework that directs major transportation investments in the region and represents the Valley’s transportation blueprint for the next 20 years and beyond.
Initially adopted in 2003, the RTP was most recently updated in January 2014 and extends through fiscal year 2035. The RTP was developed and is maintained through the MAG Transportation Policy Committee (TPC), a public/private partnership charged with finding solutions to the region’s transportation challenges. The TPC makes recommendations to the Regional Council.
Regional funding distribution amounting to $25 billion for the Regional Transportation Plan includes:
There are approximately 431 miles of freeway comprising the freeway system in the Metropolitan Planning Area.
There are nearly 3,400 miles of arterial streets in the region.
Estimates for 2015 show that the daily VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) for our region is approximately 83 million per day (freeways and arterials). By 2030, daily VMT is projected to grow to about 115 million.
According to the Texas Transportation Institute, the Phoenix urban area ranked 15th in the nation for annual hours of delay per traveler. Arizona drivers each spend about 35 hours a year stuck in traffic.
Daily Person Trips by Mode of Year 2014
Source: 2014 MAG Regional Travel Demand Model
Light Rail Transit
The first 20 miles of light rail opened in December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-mile system by 2034.
In Fiscal Year 2014, Valley Metro Rail recorded an average of 44,000 weekday boardings. Each two-car train can carry 400 passengers.
Valley Metro Rail operates 365 days a year, 20+ hours a day, with a 12-minute peak hour frequency. Stations are about one-half mile apart. Light rail trains travel at the posted speed limit. It takes 65 minutes to travel the entire 20-mile route.
The 20-mile system runs from 19th Avenue and Montebello Avenue in central Phoenix, through downtown Phoenix and Tempe to Mesa, ending at Sycamore and Main Street. Planned future extensions include:
Ridership (total boardings) in FY 2014 was 72 million (bus and light rail.)
There are a total of 400 active vanpools in the program today.
In 2014, ShareTheRide.com, a ride-matching system that allows commuters to quickly and securely find a commute partner, reached 30,000 active users. Users logged 12 million commute miles in 2014, saving $1.3 million in commute costs and more than 7.2 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.