Tempe Streetcar

Transportation & Transit // Landscape Architecture

Logan Simpson was the lead urban designer and landscape architect for this high-profile alternative transportation project in Tempe, Arizona that is being developed on an accelerated timeline to accommodate federal funding requirements. The  project includes 14 stops in both a center two-way and side one-way loop. The streetcar will serve the historic Mill Avenue retail district, Arizona State University’s main campus, Tempe Town Lake’s Marina Heights redevelopment, and the rapidly growing new and historic residential neighborhoods south of downtown. The primary goal of this federally funded urban transportation project, is to surgically integrate the streetcar into the existing urban fabric minimizing its impact on an already vibrant streetscape. Services included stop and platform design, landscape and irrigation design, site planning for transit support facilities, and architectural and wayfinding and interpretive signage services. The design followed urban design guidelines developed by Valley Metro and the City of Tempe to seamlessly fit the streetcar into the existing historic downtown and surrounding neighborhood character areas. Project goals include providing intuitive and barrier-free access to stops, incorporating sufficient shade, lighting and seating in waiting areas, and integrating public art into each of the stops.  The project adheres strictly to ADA, PROWAG, and CPTED standards.  The $186 million project was funded with regional Proposition 400 funds, local funds, and federal grant funds.