Valley Metro LogoPhoenix-area voters on Tuesday approved a comprehensive transportation plan that would significantly increase public spending on light-rail and other transit projects, city officials announced yesterday.

According to unofficial results, nearly 55 percent of voters approved the measure known as Transportation 2050. 

Listed on the ballot as Proposition 104, the plan calls for a 0.7 percent sales tax that would fund the construction of an additional 42 miles of light-rail throughout the city, late-night bus and Dial-a-Ride services, and the repaving of more than 680 miles of streets, according to a press release from the city.

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Front Shot 2011If you’ve never been to the Arizona Biltmore before, now is your chance. The Smart Transportation Division Western Regional Meeting is going to be held at this historic union hotel June 28 – July 1, 2015.

This hotel is not only famous for its design. It is also known nationally as a union hotel with 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. SMART Transportation Division will have over 40 training modules for our members to take advantage of from June 29 – July 1. SMART Transportation Division members will be able to find training in many areas including conductor certification, legislative representation, secretary/treasurer, local chairperson McArthur_Ballroomtraining, how to handle legal issues if you are fired, arbitration, risk reduction, railroad retirement, local officer training, organizing and the Railway Labor Act among many others. Federal agencies like the Federal Railroad Administration for rail members, and the FMCSA for bus members will be doing presentations to help our members get better training and also informed on the latest safety guidelines, latest technology as well as the latest legislation that affects our members in the rail, bus and airline trades.

GrandBallroom2This historic property is perfectly located in the heart of Phoenix but also close to Scottsdale, so it is convenient for those driving in from out of town.

Great service, amazing architecture, and an illustrious history meet in a one-of-a-kind hotel. The Arizona Biltmore is the Jewel of the Desert.

As an attendee at the SMART Transportation Division Western Regional Meeting you can experience this beautiful property and get some excellent training in the over 40 workshops offered to SMART TD attendees for only $129 a night (our negotiated group rate). You’ll never stay at a property of this caliber again for $129 a night.