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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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Light rail extension to open this weekend

Posted by   /  May 14, 2019  /  By Mike Sunnucks, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter The Metro light rail’s extension to Gilbert Road in Mesa will officially open on Saturday. Mesa Mayor John Giles, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith will launch the 1.9-mile transit extension Saturday morning. The $184 million extension creates two new stations and a […]

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Phoenix opens new, accessible light rail station as movement to kill rail program heats up

Posted by   /  April 25, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic Wednesday was a day of celebration for many in Phoenix as the city unveiled the first light-rail project funded by a 2015 voter-approved transportation initiative.  Local and national dignitaries gathered to unveil a new station at 50th and Washington streets, directly across the street from the Ability 360 campus, a 62,000-square-foot resource […]

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Light rail extension debate rages on

Posted by   /  April 4, 2019  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Scott Smith, the CEO of Valley Metro, speaks about a new ballot initiative meant to stop all light rail expansion during a meeting at Downtown Phoenix Inc. at 2 p.m. on April 2, 2019. The meeting was free and open to the public. / Photo Nora Thompson / Downtown Devil By Nora Thompson | Downtown […]

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Light-rail projects have suddenly gone off-track. Can new Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego change the course?

Posted by   /  April 3, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Transportation  /  No Comments

Mayor Kate Gallego / Twitter By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic Newly elected Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego just finished a grueling 18-month campaign, but she’s about to face her biggest challenge yet.  In August, Phoenix voters will vote on light-rail funding for the sixth time, and local leaders say they’re relying on Gallego to save the […]

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Phoenix votes to delay, likely kill, west Phoenix light-rail line

Posted by   /  March 21, 2019  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

Valley Metro Light Rail. / AZBEX By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic The Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to delay — and likely kill — a light-rail line planned for west Phoenix. It will instead use the money for street repairs. The line would have continued the current track down Camelback Road, connecting it to Grand Canyon University and ending at 43rd Avenue. […]

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Phoenix voters will decide future of light rail in August

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

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic This August, Phoenix residents will have another opportunity to vote on the future of light rail. A group of light rail opponents called Building a Better Phoenix collected enough signatures to send the controversial public transit system back to the voters, asking them to end light-rail expansion in Phoenix […]

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Phoenix will move forward with Central Avenue light-rail expansion as planned

Posted by   /  September 27, 2018  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

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By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic After months of debate and uncertainty, Phoenix will move forward with the controversial light-rail extension in south Phoenix. Community concern over the proposed 5.5-mile, light rail project — planned for Central Avenue between Washington Street and Baseline Road — erupted in early 2018 when a group dubbed “4 Lanes or No Train” sprouted in south Phoenix. […]

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Pro-light rail extension group holds last rally before council session

Posted by   /  September 26, 2018  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

  By Alison Cutler | Downtown Devil Wednesday’s special council meeting, where the results of six community meetings will be presented, is critical for the South Phoenix Light Rail Expansion project’s future. In response, one day before the session, the Build South Central Coalition held a final rally outside City Hall to advocate for the project. Former […]

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