AARP Eye Center
AARP Arizona applauds the passage by Phoenix voters of the MovePHX Public Transportation Proposition 104 in yesterday’s (Aug. 25) citywide election.
By what appears to be a significant victory, Phoenix voters approved $31 billion in funding over a 35 year period to increase and improve access to public transportation, safe streets and neighborhood walkability.
“AARP Arizona was an early supporter amongst a coalition of partners that supported Prop. 104 because transportation is a key issue that impacts Arizonans including low-income seniors who depend on public transportation to get them where they need to go,” said AARP Arizona State Director Dana Marie Kennedy. “Through direct mail, phone calls and a tele-town hall, we educated our members about the importance of passing Prop. 104. In the end, there was overwhelming support for this initiative. Its passage is also a victory for people of all ages, as it helps put infrastructure in place to meet the growing needs of our city.
Prop 104 will provide funding to make Phoenix streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and public transportation users of all ages and abilities by:
• Improving pedestrian safety and creating a more walkable Phoenix through better street design, shorter crosswalks and more footpaths.
• Increasing bus, light rail and Dial-a-Ride services and providing shade at all bus shelters.
• Funding additional safety personnel on public transportation.
• Expanding pedestrian and bicycle paths to provide important eco-friendly exercise options.
The proposition includes $2 billion in funds for “Complete Streets” to make Phoenix streets safer for pedestrians, drivers and those using alternate modes of transpiration such as bicycles and three wheelers.
“You shouldn’t have to cross your fingers every time you want to safely cross the street,” added Kennedy. “The passage of Proposition 104 not only provides access to safer public transportation, but makes our neighborhoods more walkable, this in turn helps seniors continue to remain living independently in their own homes.”