Transportation extension key to growth in Surprise

COURTESY MARICOPA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS

By Jason Stone | YourValley

Without money to fund them, the possible transportation losses in Surprise are obvious:

  • A new interchange at Loop 303 and Litchfield Road.
  • An improved interchange at Loop 303 and Grand Avenue.
  • Improvements to congestion on Grand Avenue between Loops 303 and 101.
  • Surprise’s two express bus routes to and from downtown Phoenix.

All of those things either won’t happen or will be taken away if the Proposition 400 transportation tax isn’t extended, warned Eric Anderson, the executive director of the Maricopa Association of Governments.

“I’m not trying to scare people with this,” Anderson told the Surprise City Council during a presentation Sept. 6. “These are the economic realities we are dealing with.”

Proposition 400 is a half-cent sales tax county voters approved in 2004 to extend the tax that was first approved as Proposition in 300 in 1985.

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