By Shaq Davis | Arizona Daily Star
A group is hopeful that Arizonans will see a new passenger rail service between Phoenix and Tucson sooner rather than later — but a deal for the long-talked-about proposal has yet to be made.
All Aboard Arizona, an organization that has pushed for a rail service between Arizona’s two largest cities, believes a solution could come in spring 2019.
Anthony Trifiletti, the organization’s executive director, said the rail service would give people an alternative to driving on busy Interstate 10.
“You can take the train from Phoenix to Tucson in two hours and 15 minutes and that is competitive with driving,” said Trifiletti, “and it’s a lot less stressful.”
A 2016 study on potential rail service presented various alternatives that have been explored.
All Aboard Arizona learned a new dedicated commuter rail between Tucson and Phoenix would cost roughly $6 billion over a 20-year construction period.