Ollie the Trolley will take participants on a tour of downtown Phoenix to explore both new and historic places within this central business district of Arizona. Highlights of this tour include:
- Centennial Way, which opened along Washington Street
between Phoenix City Hall and the State Capital Building
as part of Arizona’s centennial celebration on February 14,
2012. This project features Rapid Bus and Copper Square
Dash transit shelters, bike lanes on the left side of right turn
only/bus lanes, and pedestrian improvements to showcase
Arizona’s 15 counties, 22 Indian tribes, and rich history.
- The “Greening of Grand Avenue” incorporated NACTO
design strategies to remove 2 vehicular lanes from a 5
lane section and provide dedicated bike lanes and parallel
parking along this historic route.
- Roosevelt Row has reinvented itself to become the
epicenter of the Central Phoenix art scene. It is now home
to artist live/work spaces, art galleries, studios, and the
monthly First Fridays Artwalk.
- Phoenix Metro Light Rail opened its first segment of 20
miles in 2008 and is the 12th busiest light rail system in the
country, with an estimated daily ridership of over 43,000
- Margaret T. Hance Park was created over the Papago
Freeway Tunnel (I-10) in 1990. This park is home to the
Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center, and newly
constructed dog park.
- Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library, a LEED silver certified
building, opened in 1995.
- Interim design improvements on 1st Street create a more
pedestrian-friendly corridor, with connections from Margaret
T. Hance Park to ASU Downtown, local eateries, hotels,
METRO Light Rail, and downtown sports venues.
Ray Dovalina Assistant Director, Street Transportation Department, City of Phoenix