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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 7:16 am | Updated: 3:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The future of transportation in Scottsdale, including light rail, will be considered closely Tuesday during a study session of the City Council. City staff are slated to provide the council with an update on the status of the city’s Transportation Master Plan.

The presentation will focus on issues such as traffic circulation, whether and where to add new roadways or expand existing ones, and pedestrian access, said Dave Meinhart, Scottsdale’s transportation planning and transit director.

“We’re going to be talking about how we got where we are in terms of transit issues,” he said. “We’re going to be talking about some of the goals, what we want to achieve with the master plan.”

The council also will examine three proposed alternatives for mass transit. The options include creating a light rail system along Scottsdale Road, potentially extending from Tempe to Loop 101.

The extension would connect with an estimated $70-million-a-mile Phoenix-to-Mesa line currently under construction.

Other options include installing streetcars on tracks connected to an overhead electrical system up and down Scottsdale Road at up to $30 million a mile or improving the city’s bus system at a cost of up to $20 million per mile.

A final vote on whether to proceed with light rail could happen in mid-2007.

However, Meinhart said the discussion of highcapacity transit options constitutes only one part of the entire transportation plan.

“This master plan is about many things, but one of which is high-capacity transit,” he said. “We want to make sure they’re updated on the rest of the plan as well.”

Transportation talk

What: Scottsdale City Council

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday

Where: City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Information: www.scottsdaleaz.gov, or contact Mary O’Connor, transportation general manager, at (480) 312-2334

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