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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 12:57 am | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale residents will be able to comment on a number of the city’s transportation plan findings, but the long-awaited report on light rail is still about a month away.

A panel discussion and open house are set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Scottsdale approved a $1.1 million contract with consultants HDR in November 2005 to update the citywide transportation plan for streets, transit, bicycles and pedestrians — the first update since the 1980s.

Residents will be able to comment on HDR’s preliminary transportation recommendations for downtown, the Scottsdale Airpark area and north Scottsdale.

They’ll also be able to share their opinions on city policies, such as noise mitigation and speed limits.

The high-capacity transit report — which will study light rail, modern streetcar and bus rapid transit options along Scottsdale Road — is expected in mid-October.

“We’re launching into the final phase of the public involvement process, which started over 1 1/2 years ago with a workshop, and we’re bringing it full circle with a panel discussion,” said Scottsdale transportation spokesman Jim McIntyre.

The scheduled panelists are Phil Allsopp, chief executive officer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West; Aaron Golub, associate professor of planning and sustainability at Arizona State University; and Jim Charlier of Boulder, Colo.-based Charlier Associates.

The panel is expected to discuss how the city can include sustainable concepts in its transportation plans, such as using recycled materials and solar energy, incorporating alternative fuels in its transit fleet and reducing the use of pavement.

The Scottsdale City Council has a scheduled transportation study session on Oct. 23, with consideration of the final plan set for Nov. 20. Future open houses will be held at the end of October, though exact dates have not yet been announced.

The Transportation Commission, which is an advisory board to the council, has meetings scheduled for Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 5 and Nov. 15.

Open house, discussion

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N. Granite Reef Road

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