By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Last week the City of Phoenix released its second “Transportation 2050 Progress Report,” covering July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.
“The voter-approved T2050 plan continues to improve transportation in Phoenix through a continually improving transit system and new paving projects on our city’s busiest arterial streets,” said Mayor Thelda Williams, introducing the report. “The horizon for Phoenix’s transportation future is bright with new light rail projects ready to start, new asphalt smoothing the drive on even more busy streets, and our bus system advancing to fill in the grid.”
In 2015, Phoenix voters approved Proposition 104 to create a 0.4-0.7 percent sales tax increase to help fund the T2050 plan for improved street and transit service. The sales tax will generate roughly have of the plan’s overall funds, the rest of which will come from a combination of federal, regional and other local sources.