A Multimodal Tour of the Old Pueblo

Saturday, June 18 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (160 person limit)
Just 115 miles south of Phoenix in “the Old Pueblo” (as the City of Tucson is often-times known) lies Sun Link, one of the newest streetcar operations in the U.S. The Tucson streetcar is a modern single-line system nearly four miles in length connecting downtown Tucson with the Arizona Health Sciences Center, the University of Arizona campus, the 4th Avenue Entertainment District, the Tucson Convention Center, and the emerging Mercado District under development west of Interstate 10. Upon arrival in Tucson, you will be offered the opportunity to ride the full length of the streetcar line and visit the Sun Link integrated operations control and maintenance facility. You’ll also have free time to eat and shop along Tucson’s fabulous 4th Avenue Entertainment District.
The multimodal tour is conducted by Tom Hickey from Virginia Railway Express, Immediate Past Chair of the APTA Streetcar Subcommittee.
REGISTRATION & QUESTIONS? Advanced registration is required. Please contact Tom Hickey at thickey@vre.org to reserve your place on the tour or with any questions. 
The double-deck charter bus service from the Sheraton Grand Hotel and back is sponsored by LTK Engineering Services, Inc.


We invite you to sign up early for the tour(s) of your choice to reserve your spot and help Valley Metro plan the best tour. However, you may also sign up on site at the Host Information Desk in the APTA registration area in the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

PHX Sky Train® Tour

Wednesday, June 15 | 1 – 3 p.m. (for Rail Rodeo registrants)
Sunday, June 19 | 7:30 – 10 a.m.
PHX Sky Train is an automated train that connects Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport terminals to Valley Metro Rail at the 44th Street/Washington station. This free service provides convenient connections between airport parking, terminals, the regional light rail system and downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. Join City of Phoenix Aviation staff on a journey exploring the project history, funding, design and construction of this system.

Public Art Tour of East Valley

Sunday, June 19 | 8 – 11 a.m.
This guided tour will present participants with an opportunity to see public art projects as an integral part of Valley Metro Rail stations and the overall passenger experience in the cities of Tempe and Mesa, Arizona. The tour will be led by MB Finnerty, Valley Metro Public Arts Administrator, who will describe the community-driven process to create the free-standing to embedded art pieces along the initial line and recent rail extension.

Rail Operations & Maintenance Center and Mobility Center Tour

Sunday, June 19 | 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22 | 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Tour of the Valley Metro Rail Operations & Maintenance Center (OMC) will showcase the hub of rail transportation and vehicle and systems maintenance. The OMC has the capacity and infrastructure to conduct heavy repair and overhaul work as well as routine maintenance. The facility includes several environmentally-friendly features including a solar plant that produces enough electricity to power 123 homes. The tour continues at the Valley Metro Mobility Center where in-person interviews and functional assessments for ADA eligibility and paratransit programs are conducted. The Mobility Center features an indoor assessment course, which simulates a public transit environment, including a full-size bus, street crossings, curbs, steps, ramps, and more.

Transit Oriented Development Tour Showcasing Adaptive Reuse Projects

Monday, June 20 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Take part in a progressive tour of the latest in award-winning TOD and adaptive reuse projects in central and downtown Phoenix. These projects highlight the creative minds of planners, developers, and architects at the forefront of growth and development along the Valley Metro Rail line. This tour will demonstrate how in-fill developments are taking advantage of the opportunities along the light rail corridor, addressing urban sprawl and land use issues in the Phoenix area. Attendees will visit and sample the fare of Luhrs City Center’s Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor, Desoto Central Market and The Newton’s Southern Rail Restaurant, and Changing Hands Bookstore while delving into the history and the now modern spin of some of Phoenix’s most historic buildings.

Note: There is a Transit-Oriented Development: Lessons Learned from New and Old Projects session scheduled on Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Tour sponsored by HDR
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