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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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Valley Metro CEO explains tripled estimate for light rail expansion

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

KTAR In 2015, Phoenix voters approved a measure that would allot $550 million for light rail expansion from downtown Phoenix east to the South Mountain Village Core. But newer documents that Valley Metro Rail filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation and its Federal Transit Administration estimated costs at about $1.35 billion. Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith […]

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South Central light rail project gets $100M in federal funds

Posted by   /  July 11, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

AZBigMedia One of Rep. Greg Stanton’s long-time priorities—the South Central Light Rail in Phoenix—received a major federal investment today. The Federal Transit Administration announced it will allocate $100 million in FY2019 Capital Investment Grant Funding to Valley Metro for the South Central extension. “This federal investment will be critical to light rail’s future in South […]

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Phoenix starting community process for $1B light rail extension

Posted by   /  May 24, 2019  /  By Mike Sunnucks, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter The city of Phoenix is developing early stage plans for a potential $1 billion Metro light rail extension to the Arizona State Capitol and along Interstate 10 into the West Valley. The Phoenix City Council’s Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee will be briefed on light rail extension plans […]

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