Oct 12, 2012 3:54 PM by Leasa Conze
TUCSON - How do you feel about the idea of a rail service or express bus service between Tucson and Phoenix?
The Arizona Department of Transportation has been studying the possibilities since the fall of 2011.
It received more than three-thousand comments from the public, and now it has identified six potential rail alternatives and one express bus alternative.
The goal is to meet the demands for future growth between Arizona's two major cities and increase travel options along one of the busiest interstate corridors in Arizona.
ADOT is again asking for public input on the various alternatives that have been selected for further study.
It has organized a series of community events in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties.
The public can also participate by taking an online survey. That can be found at azdot.gov/passengerrail.
ADOT will be taking public comments at this weekend's Tucson Meet Yourself, going on downtown Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13.
On November 10, ADOT will take comments on the University of Arizona mall, and ADOT will also accept public input at the Marana Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1.
ADOT plans to narrow down the seven alternatives to two or three in early 2013 and then it will select a locally preferred alternative.
Right now there is no thought on how to fund a passenger rail line between Tucson and Phoenix.
ADOT will work with the public, policymakers and stakeholders to find the money, should the project move forward.