Originally Posted by exit2lef
Valley Metro is asking for public input on a new method of naming light rail and other high-capacity transit lines as the system grows:
One comment I added to my response: Simplifying station names is as important as naming future routes. I like that the illustration of the proposed system uses shorter, more intuitive station names in some cases. I hope this will be developed further.
What strikes me is 1) how the short-spaced stops in places like downtown Mesa make the system totally useless as high-capacity transit, and 2) how obvious it should be that other modes have been tossed out hastily when only the crappy streetcar in Tempe is listed as an option.
The redevelopment spurred makes it hard to criticize, but the main line should have terminated at Rural/8th and the highest LRT route priorities right now should be South Central and Biltmore, with modes explored for the Capitol, Apache/Main, Fairgrounds, and W/NW. The heavy cost means that we will likely never see areas like Grand, Union Station, and the Fairgrounds connected since they are so close to lines yet in reality too far to be viable. A true BRT system to the Capitol would have more than sufficed and been a good test for future use on Thomas, etc.
Streetcar from Roosevelt/3rd Ave to the Fairgrounds via one-way loop around Van Buren/3rd Ave > Jackson/7th Ave and onto Grand to 15th Ave split into two phases would make major connections between arts districts, destinations, and other transit modes. A future line down McDowell to 12th Street and through Garfield would be the last boost for that 'hood to transition. And, incorporating Jackson leaves open the possibility of one day restoring Commuter Rail which is what should ultimately be serving these far-out downtowns. A Lincoln/Central station will have little impact on the WD, and is way too far from Union Station to make any conversation realistic.
As is, I wish they would at least consider a subground station at Central/Jackson connecting to a transit center on the large empty lot at ground level. A people-mover could easily connect that to Union Station if needed while also providing a true WD station. And, beyond South Central and Capitol, I wish the $ would go into peak-hour express rides and overpasses at the most impacted intersections.