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Riders board the light rail at the University and Rural station in Tempe. Light-rail ridership has already reached numbers projected for 2020, said a report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, helping drive an overall mass transit increase in the state.

Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in Phoenix and Tucson, while the number of miles driven has fallen. Read more»

Crews work on replacing signs on Interstate 10 at the 12th Street overpass in Phoenix. State officials are not worried about a disruption to road projects, despite a shaky outlook for the federal transportation trust fund.

The federal highway trust fund reimburses the state for about 75 percent of its road projects, but it's running out of money and set to expire. State officials say they do not foresee any problems now, but are keeping an eye on Congress as it works to renew the fund. Read more»

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval unveiled signs last month on the planned Interstate 11 along its route near the Hoover Dam.

Supporters of the proposed Interstate 11 met Wednesday in Washington where they expressed optimism about the future of the long-discussed highway that could link Phoenix and Las Vegas – and possibly beyond. Read more» 1

The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking input on three routes to connect Phoenix and Tucson by high-speed rail.

A jeweler based in Tucson, Erik Stewart makes regular drives two hours up Interstate 10 to do business in Phoenix. If a high-speed rail line connected the cities, he said he’d use it. Through May 31, Arizonans have the chance to provide feedback about three proposed routes for high-speed rail between Phoenix and Tucson. Read more» 3

A study by Pima County suggests that the proposed Interstate 11 connecting Las Vegas with the Phoenix area and the border bypass Tucson through Avra Valley.

Interstate 11, a proposed commerce and trade route from Las Vegas to the Mexican border, could be built in Avra Valley, just west of the Tucson Mountains. Read more» 2