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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2007 6:23 am | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale is offering the public two chances to learn and comment about proposed changes to the city’s transportation network.

Open houses will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Civic Center Library and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Scottsdale Water Campus.

Display boards will feature highlights of the transportation master plan update findings. No presentation is planned, but city staff members will be available to answer questions and written comments will be accepted, Scottsdale transportation spokesman Jim McIntyre said.

The same information will be available both days, McIntyre said.

In 2005, the Scottsdale City Council approved a $1.1 million contract with HDR Engineering to update the master plan for the first time since the 1980s.

The firm studied high-capacity transit options for Scottsdale Road, including light rail, modern streetcar and bus rapid transit. The report concluded all should be studied further.

The firm studied traffic in the north area, around the airpark and in the downtown area. It also made recommendations about bike lanes, pedestrian connections and transit options such as buses.

The council discussed some of the recommendations for the first time last week. There is a slight majority supporting keeping the light-rail option available. The council has not decided whether it supports a reversible traffic lane on Indian School Road, between downtown and Loop 101, similar to those on Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue in central Phoenix. The council also raised issues about a recommendation to widen Scottsdale Road to six lanes north of Pinnacle Peak Road.

A price tag to implement the recommendations has not been established.

The Transportation Commission is scheduled to meet next to discuss the proposed update plan on Nov. 5 and Nov. 15.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Transportation master plan recommendations:

• Light rail and streetcar should be further studied along Scottsdale Road. Light rail should not run on Scottsdale Road through downtown, but along Drinkwater or Goldwater boulevards.

• Indian School Road, between downtown and Loop 101, should convert the center turn lane to a reversible traffic lane.

• A tunnel under the Scottsdale Airport should not be built.

• Local noise mitigation and buffering guidelines should be adopted.

• Spending should be increased on transit, bicycle and pedestrian systems.

Open houses

Today: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scottsdale Civic Center Library 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Monday: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Scottsdale Water Campus 8787 E. Hualapai Drive (Off Pima Road, north of Loop 101)

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