South Central light rail project clears key hurdle

Experts say the light rail has sparked $9 billion in real estate activity within a half-mile radius of the light rail. / Photo by Cronkite News / AZBigMedia

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Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today announced that Valley Metro’s Phoenix South Central Light Rail Extension/Downtown Hub project cleared a key hurdle in the approval process. Valley Metro is now eligible to use up to $530 million in funding through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Capital Investment Grant program, obtain non-federal funding commitments, and complete the engineering and design needed to construct the project. 

“Extending light rail will create jobs in Arizona, expand critical transportation options for Phoenix residents, and encourage economic growth. We will continue working to support light rail expansion and increase infrastructure investment in our state,” said Sinema. 

“This a great milestone for the South Central/Downtown project. We enjoy a strong working relationship and appreciate the efforts of FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams and her staff,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. 

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