Transportation is the lifeblood of every community, and Mesa is no different. There is a trend nationally to examine both VMT, or vehicle miles traveled, and the quality of transit time and route to destination. With autonomous vehicles coming, transit will be redefined and the quality of time in transit will become equally as important as cost and miles traveled. Valley Metro rail is a 26.3-mile light rail line that serves Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa and is used by residents, tourists, and students.
Shared Active Transportation Vehicle (SATV)
Project Explore use of SATVs (including electric scooters and e-bikes) to enhance mobility in targeted locations. According to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO), SAT is very common. There are roughly 100,000-plus rented bicycles in the country that have accounted for more than 35 million bike-share trips. As of September 2018, Lime reported more than 11.5 million rides in over 100 markets . Bird has delivered 10 million rides in over 100 cities.
Benefit Based on the numbers of rides, SAT vehicles demonstrate a desire from citizens to have transportation options. A pilot program allows the City to balance those desires with regulations that ensure operational and safety standards.
Status Mesa Moves - On December 2, 2019, the City Council approved a pilot period of one year starting on February 1, 2020, to allow licensed providers of Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV), including shared bicycles, e-bikes and scooters, to operate in Mesa if they abide by the City’s Terms & Conditions. The License may be renewed annually at operator’s request and at the sole discretion of City, so long as Operator is in compliance with these Terms and Conditions, the related License, and all Applicable Laws.
Smart Parking can include multiple options including in-ground parking sensors, cameras or counting sensors. These devices can be embedded into spots or positioned close to detect whether parking is free or filled. This is a real-time data collection that is transferred to a mobile application or website for the public to view. The City will be conducting a pilot with three potential options for parking downtown, including using City owned cameras.
The benefits of smart parking are numerous. There will be reduced traffic as less cars are driving around looking for spaces. Less traffic means less pollution and less driving means less fuel consumption, saving drivers money. Smart parking will save drivers' time and reduce drivers' stress. The roads will be safer as drivers are not distracted looking for a spot. The application will provide data that allows the City to find trends in users and lots to make more informed decisions for future parking.
The City is partnering with different vendors to explore parking location sensors for Downtown Mesa.
Multiple separate trials are being put in place to explore options to help residents who want to visit downtown stores, restaurants, museums, art programs, and City offices. Piloted lots will include MAC parking, as well as Drew Street Lot and Pepper Street garage.