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Stantec to Design Tempe Streetcar

Courtesy of City of Tempe

Source: City of Tempe

Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. has been named to provide design services for the $177M Tempe Streetcar project, according to a joint announcement last week from Valley Metro and the City of Tempe.  The Valley Metro Board of Directors approved the contract Dec. 15.

“Stantec brings tremendous experience and talent to our project, designing streetcar projects across the country,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Mark Mitchell. “Stantec also understands our region, having worked on the design of Valley Metro Rail. I’m confident they will ensure that the Tempe Streetcar serves the community’s needs, and we will work together with them to get input from our community throughout the design process.”

The three-mile Tempe Streetcar design should be complete in 2017 with construction beginning later in the year. Opening of Tempe Streetcar is anticipated in 2020.

“As lead designer, we look forward to working alongside Valley Metro, the city of Tempe, project artists and the construction contractor,” said Stantec project manager Tom Wolf. “Together, we’ll find the best way to efficiently design and construct the first modern streetcar in the region, a vital extension of the Valley’s transit system.”

Stantec was involved in the design of the first 20 miles of Valley Metro Rail that opened in 2008, as well as design of the extensions in downtown Mesa and northwest Phoenix.

The Board also approved artist contracts for public art elements that will be incorporated into each of the 14 streetcar stops. The art program is delineated by zones to capture the essence of each neighborhood:

  • Zone 1 – Rio Salado: Koryn Rolstad
  • Zone 2 – Downtown Tempe: Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead
  • Zone 3 – Gammage Curve: Mary Lucking
  • Zone 4 – Apache: Bobby Zokaites

Tempe Streetcar will travel on Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue. It will make a downtown loop on Mill and Ash avenues and continue south to Apache Boulevard. It will then turn east to Dorsey Lane, connecting with the Apache/Dorsey light rail station. The $177M project has been programmed using a mix of federal, regional and local funds.

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