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Tempe Streetcar

Creating a more connected downtown area

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    Light Rail Connections

  • Tempe, Arizona

    Tempe, Arizona

The core of this project is about connection—connecting people to their work, classes, shopping, and dining in downtown Tempe

The City of Tempe will soon be home to the Valley’s first streetcar system, moving people and making destinations more accessible. This 3.7-mile (6-kilometre) track circulates around the Arizona State University campus, through bustling downtown Tempe, and along the rapidly growing business district on Rio Salado. This streetcar project is a critical element to expanding Valley Metro Rail to riders going to work and class, shops, restaurants, and special events in the downtown Tempe area.

Our biggest challenge? Designing the system to operate safely, reliably, and comfortably on streets shared with congested vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Using hybrid technology, the streetcar will run on battery throughout the downtown area, eliminating the need for overhead wires and preserving the city’s tree-lined charm.

Since it runs through one of the most densely developed and highly valued urban areas in the Valley, stakeholder engagement is a critical piece of the project to ensure community voices are heard and respected. Our experts coordinated with stakeholders throughout the design process to minimize impacts to new developments, local businesses, students, and families in the area.

Tempe will be far more accessible and vibrant with the introduction of this new mode and its overall commitment to public transportation. Once completed, riders will not only enjoy the art-enriched downtown area of Tempe, but they will have direct connectivity to downtown Phoenix, Mesa, and points beyond through the ever-expanding Valley Metro Rail system.

At a Glance

Meet Our Team

Taylor Ahrensdorf, Civil Engineer

Our job does not stop with design and construction of a project—it includes continuing to educate our communities about water.

Mark Peterson, Senior Associate, Project Manager

It could be light rail track, geocache clues, or stations on a map—I love the challenge of putting pieces together to find a solution.
Mark Peterson Senior Associate, Project Manager Read More

Zach Whitten, Associate, Project Engineer, Water

I’m driven to make positive changes that impact our communities.
Zach Whitten Associate, Project Engineer, Water Read More

Taylor Ahrensdorf

Civil Engineer

Mark Peterson

Senior Associate, Project Manager

Zach Whitten

Associate, Project Engineer, Water

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