Korte: residents need to be involved in the Scottsdale Transportation Master Plan update

Given the number of thoughtful e-mails I received, it is obvious that Scottsdale residents believe that addressing our transportation issues is one of our city’s biggest priorities.

Virginia Korte

Virginia Korte

I agree. That is why my campaign is focusing on Scottsdale’s current and future transportation needs and how they impact our economy and quality of life.

The diversity of opinion and the issues residents raised underscores the complexity of the topic of transportation. The feedback ranged from how to improve bus service to opening a constructive dialogue on high-capacity transit options. Several people also mentioned doing a better job synchronizing our traffic signals, abandoning photo radar and reviewing trolley routes.

While everyone did not agree on how to prioritize transportation issues, there was consensus that our city is changing and there is value in connecting Scottsdale with transit systems in our neighboring cities. So planning ahead is absolutely critical.

Beginning at 4p.m. this Tuesday, April 12th in the Kiva at City Hall, the City Council will be discussing the 20-year Transportation Master Plan.  I hope you are able to attend or watch on Scottsdale Video Network, City Cable 11.

Once again, I want to express my appreciation for everyone’s feedback.  For those of you who have not had a chance to respond, I urge you to do so.  I will try my best to make sure as many of your ideas as possible are included in the Council’s discussion.

Editor’s note: Ms. Korte is a member of Scottsdale City Council and is seeking re-election this August.

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