Chaos in Phoenix over light-rail extension derails city budget

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By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic

After two days of chaotic public meetings, threats to fire Phoenix’s top official and an implosion of the city’s annual budget, the Phoenix City Council awarded a hazy victory to a group opposed to a planned south Phoenix light-rail project.

The council voted to redesign the planned 6-mile light-rail extension to try to maintain four vehicle lanes on Central Avenue (the current plan calls for narrowing the street to two lanes) — something a group of residents in the area has asked the council to do for about six months.

However, the redesign comes with limitations that may curb the possibility of a four-lane configuration.


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