Veterans Way/College Avenue station
Sun Devil Station during the grand opening, December 27, 2008
|Location||5th Street at College Avenue, Tempe AZ|
|Owned by||Valley Metro|
|Bicycle facilities||Bike station|
Veterans Way/College Ave, also known as the Tempe Transportation Center, is a regional transportation center on Valley Metro Rail in Tempe, Arizona, United States. As part of the regional transportation system, it is also the location of stops on multiple bus routes. A bike station is located here.
This station has three names; METRO calls the train platforms of this station Veterans Way/College Ave and the local bus bays the Tempe Transportation Center. Both are part of the same facility and immediately adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium which serves as the station's third name, as shown on the train platform signs. Bus schedules, train maps, and local signage all refer variously to only one of the names.
Tempe Transportation Center
|Tempe Transportation Center|
Overall view of the Tempe Transportation Center from the roof of the city hall parking garage.
|Location||Veterans Way and College Avenue|
|Address||200 East Fifth Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
|Cost||$25 million USD|
|Owner||City of Tempe|
|Structural system||Steel Frame, concrete floors, glass and masonry curtain walls|
|Floor count||3 story|
|Floor area||40,000 sf|
|Design and construction|
|Architecture firm||Architekton with OTAK|
|Structural engineer||Brickey Design Associates|
|Civil engineer||Michael Baker, Jr., Inc|
|Other designers||Mechanical/Electrical Engineer
A Dye Design
Natural Logic Inc.
|Main contractor||Adolfson and Peterson|
|Awards and prizes||Platinum-level LEED certification pending|
The Tempe Transportation Center facilities are a combination of a light rail station, bus transfer stations and a mixed use building all in the shadow of A Mountain. The main building is composed of three stories with retail space, a transit information center and Arizona's first Bike Station all located on the first floor. The second floor is home to the offices for the City of Tempe Transportation Department Offices and the signature element of the project, the Don Cassano Community Room which is open on the ground level to provide shading for pedestrians passing by. On the third floor of the building are leaseable office space and the City of Tempe's Transit Operations Center. The center was designed by the Tempe-based firm Architekton with Portland, OR based OTAK Inc. and is currently under review for LEED v2.2 Platinum Certification. The majority of the outdoor area on the site is covered with water permeable pavers for natural drainage. On the roof are solar panels and a green roof designed to reduce the heat island effect with local plants to help insulate the building.
|Year||In||Out||Average Daily In||Average Daily Out|
Photo inside the Bicycle Cellar bike station and bike shop inside the Tempe Transportation Center.
Notable places nearby
- Tempe City Hall
- Arizona State University: Tempe Campus
- Sun Devil Stadium
- Wells Fargo Arena
- Gammage Auditorium (approx. 1/2 mile)
- Tempe Butte / A Mountain
- Mill Avenue / Downtown Tempe
- Dixon Golf's headquarters
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
- "Valley Metro - Rail Ridership Reports". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Weekday Rail Passengers by Station (FY2015)" (PDF). Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Valley Metro Bus Book Online". 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2008-12-29.