Valley transit planners battle ride-hailing growth, population explosion to keep things moving

Travelers soon will be able to bypass the Phoenix metropolitan area by using the 22 additional freeway miles of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway. / By Jim Poulin / Phoenix Business Journal

By Lauren Schieler | Phoenix Business Journal

More than 20 years ago, employees of the Maricopa Association of Governments made projections for ridership numbers for downtown Phoenix’s newest project, the light rail system.

Eric Anderson, who’s now executive director for the association, known as MAG, was among those employees who didn’t expect Phoenix would become the fifth largest city in the country by 2017.

“We were projecting maybe 25,000 riders a day when that system matured, and we’re almost double that now,” Anderson said.

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