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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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Phoenix light-rail projects could go back to voters

Posted by   /  September 17, 2018  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

  By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic A group of increasingly vocal opponents of a planned south Phoenix light-rail extension wants to let voters decide whether to continue with any future light-rail projects. A new Phoenix political committee dubbed “Building a Better Phoenix,” filed paperwork Friday to put the fate of future light-rail expansions back on the ballot. The […]

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Chaos in Phoenix over light-rail extension derails city budget

Posted by   /  June 21, 2018  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

  By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic After two days of chaotic public meetings, threats to fire Phoenix’s top official and an implosion of the city’s annual budget, the Phoenix City Council awarded a hazy victory to a group opposed to a planned south Phoenix light-rail project. The council voted to redesign the planned 6-mile […]

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South Phoenix neighbors push to stop Central Avenue light-rail expansion

Posted by   /  June 6, 2018  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Jessica Boehm | The Republic Despite a Phoenix City Council defeat in April, south Phoenix residents are not giving up their efforts to derail a proposed six-mile light-rail extension down Central Avenue. More than 200 residents recently crammed into a gymnasium at the South Mountain Community Center to protest the extension that they believe will bankrupt businesses and bring crime to their […]

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Business owners oppose south central light-rail extension; Phoenix moves ahead anyway

Posted by   /  April 6, 2018  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Jessica Boehm | The Republic Phoenix leaders have touted the planned light-rail extension into south Phoenix as an essential and overdue service that will connect the diverse community to employment and education opportunities in downtown and beyond. But in the past few weeks, more than 3,000 south Phoenix business owners, residents and customers signed […]

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South Phoenix business owners oppose light rail at council meeting

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

By Rebecca Spiess | Downtown Devil Despite community outreach efforts, longtime Phoenix residents voiced concerns about the light rail extensions coming to south Phoenix at Wednesday’s city council meeting. The main topic of contention was the proposed two-lane reduction of vehicular traffic on Central Avenue, which many felt would impact their businesses. READ ON:

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Glendale council snuffs plan for downtown light rail

Posted by   /  December 14, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

A 7-mile route had been projected to open in 2026. By Perry Vandell | The Republic The Glendale City Council withdrew from plans for a light-rail route to downtown Glendale in a 5-2 vote Tuesday night. The decision comes nearly two months after the council directed city staff against moving forward on the 7-mile route, which had been projected to […]

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[OPINION] My Turn: 10 reasons not to kill light rail to downtown Glendale

Posted by   /  December 11, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) By Bart Turner | The Republic At an October workshop session, the Glendale City Council once again considered our long-planned connection to the Valley Metro light-rail system. At the end of our discussion, four of the seven council members (Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian […]

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Valley Metro: Should light rail or another transit option serve Fiesta Mall area?

Posted by   /  October 31, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Lily Altavena | The Republic Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect year for light rail’s debut in Mesa. The city welcomed light rail in 2008. Valley Metro is evaluating whether light-rail, rapid transit bus or modern streetcar could be implemented in Mesa’s Fiesta District. The area is anchored by […]

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Glendale Council shuts down light rail to downtown

Posted by   /  October 19, 2017  /  Transportation  /  No Comments

By Darrell Jackson | GlendaleStar During the Oct. 17 workshop, council could not come to consensus to authorize staff to continue its research on bringing light rail to downtown Glendale. The lack of consensus effectively ended the prospect of light rail coming to town. “I just cannot continue to use funds for a project that […]

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