Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:33 pm

Phoenix votes to delay, likely kill, west Phoenix light-rail line

Valley Metro Light Rail. / AZBEX

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic

The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to delay — and likely kill — a light-rail line planned for west Phoenix. It will instead use the money for street repairs.

The line would have continued the current track down Camelback Road, connecting it to Grand Canyon University and ending at 43rd Avenue. It was slated to open in 2026.

In previous plans, the light rail was supposed to continue past 43rd Avenue and into Glendale. But in 2017, Glendale voted to nix its light-rail plan. 

Lobbyists and former city council members Peggy Neely and Michael Johnson (who is currently running for city council) submitted a citizen petition asking the council to terminate or indefinitely suspend the west Phoenix line on behalf of a number of west Phoenix business owners. 

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