URGENT! ADOT Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee this Tuesday January 24 at 4pm

Gila River Against Loop 202 (GRAL202) would like to invite GRIC members, and non-GRIC supporters to attend the Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee (CTOC) meeting this Tuesday, January 24 at 4pm.

CTOC is the Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee, whose role is to review and make recommendations about proposed transportation projects that affect Maricopa County. CTOC is a group of seven citizens, not elected officials, and no CTOC member receives pay or reimbursement for their services as CTOC members. The CTOC chairperson is a voting member of MAG, a policy council that, among other duties, sets long range transportation policy in Maricopa County.

CTOC holds public hearings about transportation issues and advises the Governor of Arizona, ADOT Director, MAG, and the state legislature of public complaints or concerns about transportation projects in the state.

CTOC also receives complaints from the public concerning projects that are funded by Proposition 400, a transportation sales tax, and for projects that are funded in the RTP (Regional Transportation Plan).

 ***The proposed South Mountain Loop 202 freeway extension falls under both of those areas, being funded by Prop 400 and also being part of MAG’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).***

 Even though the proposed South Mountain Loop 202 extension is not an individual item on CTOC’s agenda Tuesday, it falls under three other agenda items on January 24th:

7) Long Range Transportation Plan 2010-2035—-Presentation of the State’s Long Range Transportation Plan for the next 25 years. This is a blueprint that looks into the future to determine how to plan for and fund transportation projects that keep up with Arizona’s growth. (For information and discussion)   ***Currently, the state of Arizona has a $5.3 billion shortfall in its transportation budget. It is recommended that the South Mountain extension to the 202 is dropped from the state’s transportation plan, in light of the fact that the recent housing and economic crisis has halted growth in Maricopa County.***

8) Maricopa County Transportation Projects—A report will be given on current and proposed work within Maricopa County’s Transportation Program. (For information and discussion)  ***The South Mountain extension to the 202 is a proposed transportation plan in Maricopa County.***

11) Recommendations for Future Agenda Items—CTOC Members may suggest items they would like to have placed on future meeting agendas. (For information and discussion) ***CTOC has the power to recommend that MAG put a moratorium on the South Mountain freeway proposal.***

Since the Loop 202 freeway falls within each agenda item, comments can be made during the time for each of the above agenda items, or can be made during the Call to the Public portion of the meeting. Or both. For the Call to the Public, a blue comment card must be filled out, and for comments that fall under agenda items (#7, #8, or #11) a yellow comment card must be filled out.

GRAL202 encourages GRIC members and non-GRIC supporters, to attend and make public comments against the proposed South Mountain freeway expansion at this meeting. Help your Community, protect your health, and think of all the Community members who might be unable to attend the meeting Tuesday, and use your voice to speak out for them.

GRAL202 highly encourages those in attendance to request that CTOC demands for MAG to put a moratorium on the South Mountain freeway proposal, and to demand that MAG present an Environmental Impact Statement to GRIC.
Additionally, ask CTOC to send a formal letter to GRIC recommending to indefinitely suspend the February 7 community vote due to the lack of an EIS, and the GRIC electorate being poorly informed of the consequences of the February 7th 202 referendum.

Tell CTOC members and CTOC chairperson Roc Arnett that GRIC does not want this freeway.

PLEASE ATTEND THE CTOC MEETING:
Tuesday January 24, 2012 4:00 pm—(We recommend to be there by 3:45pm so you can fill out public comment card)
Arizona Department of Transportation Auditorium
206 South 17th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85007
-GILA RIVER AGAINST LOOP 202
gricagainst202@gmail.com
gilariveragainstloop202.wordpress.com
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About GILA RIVER AGAINST LOOP 202

Welcome All! Please support ongoing efforts to protect Gila River Indian Community's vital connection with Muhadag Do'ag (South Mountain) and to ensure the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of today's and tomorrow's Community members. The proposed Loop 202 extension adversely affects the physical and spiritual integrity of Muhadag Do'ag, traditional cultural properties associated with the mountain, and all beings. Both proposed freeway alignments are detrimental to the O'odham & Pee Posh, cutting the bloodline to do'ag. Governor Rhode$ only cares about economic development, not the will of the people, who have formally decreed NO LOOP 202 in 2000 and 2005. Don't compromise your beliefs; stand for something or fall for anything. ~No 202~
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