Scottsdale residents, you are about to get ‘railroaded.’ Light rail is coming and there’s nothing you can do about it…except pay attention to the folks for whom you vote for city council in about 18 months.
This email from Councilman Bob Littlefield pretty much says it all.
One of the unfortunate consequences of the results of last year’s city elections is that the push to run light rail up Scottsdale Road is now running full speed ahead. Two things have happened you need to know about:
1. At the May 7th City Council meeting Jim Derouin submitted a petition asking the Council to “initiate a dialogue to examine the feasibility of high capacity transportation and available options” (copy attached). I phoned Jim and he said he submitted the petition at the request of Virginia Korte and that he did so because he agrees with Virginia that Scottsdale “needs to have the conversation about light rail,” which was one of Virginia’s talking points during the campaign. I pointed out to Jim that this will not be a conversation but rather a taxpayer-funded sales job for light rail. Jim said he was told that they might run light rail up the 101 but I pointed out that Scottsdale Road remains (despite my opposition) the designated high capacity transportation corridor in Scottsdale, the Loop 101 “option” has always been a dodge to distract people. Unsurprisingly the Council voted 5-2 to agendize this “conversation” so we will see that on the Council agenda in the not too distant future.
2. Our Transit staff and Valley Metro will be bringing to the City Council later this year a proposal to implement Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service from Greenway (Scottsdale Quarter) south to the University station at Tempe. Of course, BRT is “light rail light,” more proof that the end goal is to run light rail up Scottsdale Road.
Around here the fun never ends!
Councilman Bob Littlefield