transportation

The state Motor Vehicle Division is using one of its customer-service offices as a laboratory as the agency tries out ways to reduce wait times.

The MVD office in west Phoenix has exchanged its automated system for calling the numbers of customers waiting service for one in which an MVD employee directs people in a line to the next available service window.

Meanwhile, another MVD worker checks whether waiting customers have what they need to complete their transactions.

ADOT

Yesterday’s winter storm was Arizona’s first test of a new kind of snowplow that can clear two lanes at once.


Melissa Sevigny

Chemical deicer is commonly used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, and it makes travel safer. But it also kills ponderosa pines. The City of Flagstaff found that out when they experimented with deicer a few years ago. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports on the tradeoff between public safety and environmental health . . . a tradeoff few cities in the nation have to make.


Zac Ziegler

Like many small cities and towns across Arizona, the area around Prescott generally lacks public transportation.

10% of Education Sales Tax to Go For Roads

Sep 5, 2012

The organizer of a proposed permanent one-cent hike in state sales taxes on Tuesday defended earmarking 10 percent of the proceeds for road construction.

Ann-Eve Pedersen said Arizona has cut state aid to education in the last five years more than any other state. She said Proposition 204 would provide needed tax dollars the Legislature cannot take. If approved, the measure would initially raise $1 billion a year. But 10 percent automatically goes for roads. Pedersen said that is justified.

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