Light rail extension debate rages on

Scott Smith, the CEO of Valley Metro, speaks about a new ballot initiative meant to stop all light rail expansion during a meeting at Downtown Phoenix Inc. at 2 p.m. on April 2, 2019. The meeting was free and open to the public. / Photo Nora Thompson / Downtown Devil

By Nora Thompson | Downtown Devil

Tensions flared Tuesday afternoon at a public meeting at the Downtown Phoenix Inc. offices regarding the controversial light rail extension in Phoenix.

“This is our house and we have invited everyone to come,” Executive Director of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership Dan Klocke said at the meeting. “We expect that everyone treats each other with respect here.”

At the meeting, Valley Metro CEO and former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith explained the details of the light rail extension, its future and the controversial ballot measure that might put a stop to all of it.

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