I just got a call from Councilman Valenzuela's office regarding the West Valley LRT extension along the I-10. I emailed the Mayor, Valenzuela and Nowatkowski my article
about why Thomas Rd through Maryvale would be the preferable alternative route. Apparently at a recent meeting Councilman Valenzuela was the NO vote about the I-10 alignment and is pushing for other alternative to be looked into- hooray!
However...his Aide told me the ball is basically too far down the road at this point and its going to likely happen this way. So I encouraged them to keep an eye on the NE extension up the SR-51 to PV Mall area. Obviously if you look at the Maps Metro wants to shove it down the SR 51 and make it solely a commuter train, not using it for redevelopment or to connect multiple neighborhoods. She was interested in that idea and seemed to respond positively to the idea of a 7th St alignment that connects North Central PHX, Sunnyslope, Moon Valley and then over to PV Mall.
Another thing to also keep in mind about a North 7th Street alignment is that its likely our only hope for ever making 7th St South of Camelback into a walkable, urban area. The people in Sunnyslope and Moon Valley feel like they need the Suicide Lanes on 7th St to get in/out of Downtown. If they were given an alternative (i.e. LRT) they likely would have less of a leg to stand on about demanding the Suicide lanes as a commuting option.