Buckeye is a suburban community in the West Valley area of Phoenix Greater Metropolitan Area and was the fastest growing city in the United States from 2017 to 2018. During that period, from 2000 to 2018, the population grew from 8,700 people to 75,000. The City commissioned the Buckeye Transportation Master Plan (TMP) to help guide transportation infrastructure improvements as the city continues to grow. Matrix provided professional GIS, planning, engineering, and public engagement services for the Buckeye TMP.
A central aspect of the TMP was identifying and linking primary origins and destinations within the community, including major shopping areas, employment centers, residential developments, schools, wildlife corridors, and open space/recreation areas, providing for a connected travel network. Matrix designed the first entirely-GIS-based future arterial network for the City’s extensive 642-square-mile municipal planning area, aggregating networks described in 23 different community master plans, 13 parkway studies, two separate regional transportation plans, and a variety of other sources. This network was then reviewed by Buckeye’s traffic engineers and incorporated into the regional traffic network model maintained by the Maricopa Association of Governments. Iterations of that traffic model were then used to tweak the road network and help smooth out the City’s future traffic flow.
The TMP provides a detailed schedule of short-term, mid-term, and long-term transportation infrastructure priorities. The final Transportation Master Plan provides the framework for an integrated network serving all modes of travel, including vehicular, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, aviation, and rail.