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Mesa light rail extension named one of the best construction projects of 2020

Posted by   /  March 12, 2020  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

AZRE | AZBigMedia Mesa’s Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension was among the most significant construction project of 2020, the Associated General Contractors of America announced today. As a result, the project’s contractor, Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, a Joint Venture received the association’s Construction Risk Partners Build America Merit Award for best new highway and transportation project.  […]

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The Monday Morning Commute: Ask the traffic engineer; here’s what stopped train-car collisions in Phoenix

Posted by   /  January 26, 2020  /  Featured News, Transportation  /  No Comments

Summit Land Management, Paul Basha, provides answers and proves that thinking about traffic is really interesting!! Phoenix light rail collision study For those who have lived in metropolitan Phoenix for more than a decade, you may recall that when the light rail system began operation in December 2008, there seemed to be a train-car collision […]

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When will light rail help traffic congestion on I-10?

Posted by   /  January 24, 2020  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic Following a failed attempt to derail light rail last summer, expansion of the transit system is now full steam ahead in Phoenix. Early construction has begun on the controversial 5.5-mile light rail extension into south Phoenix along Central Avenue. It’s scheduled to be complete by 2024. While the south central extension […]

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South Phoenix business owners seek assistance during light rail expansion

Posted by   /  October 7, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Miranda Cyr | Cronkite News The neon “Open” sign in the window casts a weak glow across La Olmeca, which is quiet except for a couple of diners. Georgia Martínez rushes from the kitchen, where a TV is tuned to a Spanish sports channel, to bring beers and plates of Mexican food to the tables. […]

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Stiffest opposition to Prop. 105 came from areas with light rail lines or plans

Posted by   /  September 16, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

Photo by Valley Metro By Evan Wyloge | Arizona Mirror The South Phoenix neighborhoods where the fight over a light rail extension originated were the only areas in the city where Proposition 105 earned a majority, but voters in every other Phoenix neighborhood where light rail exists or is planned were among the most staunchly […]

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Claims by Phoenix light rail opposition group don’t tell the whole story

Posted by   /  August 12, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Nicole Ludden | Arizona Republic THE MEDIA: Web  WHO SAID IT: Building a Better Phoenix, a political action committee supporting Proposition 105 THE COMMENT: “Light rail is expensive! It costs over $140 million dollars per mile to build and consumes 40% of the Phoenix transportation budget.” THE FORUM: Building a Better Phoenix’s website. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT: Does the light […]

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[OPINION] Phoenix light rail and pension propositions must be stopped at all costs

Posted by   /  July 30, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)  By Greg Stanton, Thelda Williams, Phil Gordon, Skip Rimsza, Paul Johnson and Terry Goddard, opinion contributors | Arizona Republic Out-of-state “dark money” forces have launched a coordinated effort to slam the brakes on our growth, destroy our accomplishments, and send Phoenix in the wrong direction. […]

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New report throws fuel on light rail campaign fire

Posted by   /  July 29, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

Valley Metro opened its eastern-most rail station on Gilbert Road in Mesa in May./ Special to AFN Ahwatukee Foothills News With ballots slated to go out next Wednesday on a Phoenix proposition that could kill light rail’s western expansion, the Arizona Free Enterprise Club has released a study disputing the $11 billion in economic development that […]

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Arizona Supreme Court rules to keep light rail initiative on ballot

Posted by   /  July 24, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Brandon Brown | Phoenix Business Journal  The Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of a ballot measure Wednesday that seeks to cancel proposed extensions of Metro light rail in Phoenix.  In January, the Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America sued to keep the initiative off the ballot, saying that the group […]

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Light rail prop campaign continues heating up

Posted by   /  July 18, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

“rampant cost overruns” had nearly doubled the total cost for the South Phoenix light rail spur to $1.35 billion – which he calculated at $245 million a mile. / AFN Ahwatukee Foothills News Though 2019 was supposed to be a quiet year for election politics, the battle for light rail has made it anything but […]

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