North Area Park and Ride
The City of Scottsdale is currently designing a new Park and Ride facility to be located at the southeast corner of Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads.
For the past few years, the city has been working to locate a park and ride facility in the Scottsdale Airpark area. The southeast corner of Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads has been selected as the site for this new facility based on its size, proximity to Loop 101 and because the property is owned by the City of Scottsdale.
The new facility will include:
• Approximately 275 parking spaces – 173 of which will be covered
• A designated walkway to guide users to from the parking areas to the passenger platform
• Well shaded and landscaped passenger platform – with the goal for this area to be as environmentally friendly as possible
• Bus circulation will be separated from vehicle parking as much as possible to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and buses
• The bus loading platform will accommodate four buses
This project will convert the intersection of 73rd Street and Thunderbird Road from an existing three-way intersection to a four-way intersection to provide a safe entrance/exit for both buses and passenger vehicles into the facility.
This location will serve transit riders on both local and express bus routes such as Route 511 (Express Route from Tempe to the Airpark), Route 72 (Scottsdale Road) and Route 154 (Greenway Road). Other alternative transportation choices, such as carpools and vanpools, may use the facility as well. The design will include infastructure for future electric vehicle charging stations. In addition, future Bus Rapid Transit would utilize this location.
The Scottsdale Airpark area was identified as a priority location for a park and ride facility in the 2003 Scottsdale Transit Plan, the 2008 Scottsdale Transportation Master Plan and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Transportation Plan.
Project funding is currently provided by a combination of both grants and local sources including $5 million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Additional sources include Proposition 400 regional funds, a county wide voter approved tax from 2004. Total cost for the project is estimated to be approximately $7 million.
The design is now complete. Construction began in July of 2012 and completion is anticipated in Spring 2013.