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Check Out 35th Avenue/Van Buren Street Corridor

A map is worth a million words...

Want to better understand the approved BRT corridor and how it fits into your community? Take a tour using the interactive map below.

To create a system that meets the transportation needs of the community, we need to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Phoenix area’s demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. From vehicle accessibility to disabled and minority populations, the “layers” of the map provide context for why the BRT corridor is placed where it is and help inform future decisions related to station locations, amenities and the BRT buses. Learn how we analyze local transit data to help identify BRT corridors.

Check back  often as we continue to define and develop more detailed information on the map!

What do these layers mean?

As you will see on the map, there are a series of layers that can be toggled on and off. Each layer defines a specific demographic or socioeconomic characteristic that comes from Census data. The darker areas represent higher densities per square mile and the lighter colors represent lower densities. Full descriptions of each can be found below.

Population Density

Population density is the number of people per square mile of land area.

Employment Density

Employment population density is the number of employed persons per square mile. The information shown in this layer differs from other layers as it has been localized and pulled from Maricopa Association of Governments’ data sources.

Disabled Population Density

Disabled population density is the number of persons with a disability per square mile of land area. For the purpose of this data, the Census Bureau identifies people with a disability as those who exhibit difficulty with specific functions and may, in the absence of accommodation, have a disability.

Minority Population Density

Minority population density is the number of minority persons per square mile of land area. The minority population is determined by taking the total population and subtracting the non-Hispanic or Latino white-only population.

Senior Population Density

Senior population density is the number of persons over the age of 64 per square mile.

Youth Population Density

Youth population density is the number of persons under the age of 18 per square mile.

Zero Car Household Density

Zero car household density is the number of households that lack access to a personal vehicle per  square mile. The Census considers “households” as a housing unit that is shared by related family members and all the unrelated people, if any, such as lodgers, foster children, wards, or employees.

Low Income Density

Low income density is the number of low income households per square mile. Low income households can be defined as households with incomes that do not exceed 80 percent of the median family income for the area.

Composite Transit Propensity

The composite transit propensity measure combines the density values for all of the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics to illustrate the areas where transit needs are greatest.