Sierra Vista MPO Newsletter

January - March 2017

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE SIERRA VISTA MPO!

2017 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule:

• January 26

• March 16

• May 18

• July 20

• September 21

• November 16

SVMPO Board of Directors meet at 3:30 at City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista

Please check the SVMPO's calendar to ensure a meeting has not been cancelled or rescheduled.  The calendar can be found on the MPO's web site at www.SVMPO.org/calendar/

In this Issue:

 

Vista Transit in Google Maps

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Update: Origin & Destination Study

Vehicle Counts

US Bicycle Route 90

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Vista Transit in Google Maps

Using the City's bus service, Vista Transit, just go easier. Vista Transit bus stop locations, routes, and schedules are now visible on Google Maps to help you get from one place to another in Sierra Vista on the bus.  

The Sierra Vista MPO worked diligently over the past few months developing the necessary General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) files to display Vista Transit in Google Maps. Before this effort, transit did not appear as an option for an individual in Sierra Vista wanting to get around town on the bus. Since the GTFS file is a standard format for public transportation schedules, Vista Transit will also appear in Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, and possibly Apple Maps.

 

We Need YOU!

Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee

 

The Sierra Vista MPO is seeking citizens that have an interest in advancing bicycle and pedestrian related issues in the Sierra Vista region. The BPAC will coordinate and advise MPO staff, the MPO Technical Advisory Committee, and the MPO Board of Directors on a variety of bicycle and pedestrian-related planning issues. 

For more information and to apply, visit the SVMPO BPAC web page: http://svmpo.wpengine.com/bpac/

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Update: Origin & Destination Study

Have you noticed the number of vehicles at the Sierra Vista Mall or other retail stores in Sierra Vista with Sonora Mexico license plates? We have, and the Sierra Vista Economic Development Department wants to better understand the economic impact of Mexican Nationals visiting Sierra Vista for goods and services.

The Sierra Vista MPO sponsored an origin & destination study to establish a baseline condition of Mexican visitors traveling from the Douglas, Arizona Port of Entry (Raul Hector Castro POE). The overall goal of the study is to provide the City of Sierra Vista and SVMPO with insights into cross border visitors from Mexico, their trip purpose, their origination/destination plans, their expenditures and store preferences, and other related information to assist Sierra Vista in attracting and expanding businesses within the City (as well as understanding the current economic impact of these visitors).

The draft final study will be completed by the end of January, and a presentation to the Sierra Vista City Council at a Work Session scheduled for February 7, 2017, 3:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 1011 N. Coronado Drive.

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Vehicle Counts

Data collection is an integral and important part of understanding the characteristics of the community and transportation system.  Over the past year the Sierra Vista Streets Department staff has been collecting vehicle counts for most major roadways in the community.  The SVMPO uploads this information to a website to make it available to the public.  Not all roads were updated in 2016, but the City will continue the count program in 2017 and all major roads will have an updated count before this summer. 

Vehicle count information can be found here: http://svmpo.ms2soft.com/

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Bike Across America: US Bicycle Route 90

As Arizona continues to build on its reputation as a world-renowned destination for bicyclists, our state has received approval for its first U.S. bicycle route that will run through Arizona border to border while connecting to a national system of bike routes.*

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved the application submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation to establish U.S. Bicycle Route 90, a continuous route through Arizona that connects to New Mexico and California.

Sierra Vista is on the Route!  This was not the originally proposed route, but influence by the Cochise Bicycle Advocates in coordination with the SVMPO and Arizona Department of Transportation made it happen. 

For more information see Adventure Cycling Association

*Excerpts from an ADOT new release.

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Contact:

Web: www.svmpo.org

Email: SVMPO@SierraVistaAZ.gov

Phone: 520-439-2178

Office Address: 401 Giulio Cesare Ave., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635