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Passenger & freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. Transportation Dep't

The U.S. government is doling out $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements that will go to more than 46 projects in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service.... Read more»

Protesters demand end to Phoenix police crime-suppression sweeps on light rail

On Friday, an immigration advocacy group led a protest of about 30 people at the Valley Metro office downtown, demanding Valley Metro stop working with Phoenix police on fare payment crackdowns. ... Read more»

Phoenix mayoral candidates clash over Suns arena, light rail & homelessness

Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela — both Democrats — disagreed over whether public money should be used for pro sports arenas and if affordable housing alone is enough to address homelessness. Early voting began this week. ... Read more»

Cities embrace big-ticket transit projects

Cities across the country are moving forward with mass transit projects, despite the required tax hikes and cheap gasoline that encourages commuters to drive their cars. Phoenix voters approved a $31.7 billion transportation plan that includes another 42 miles of light rail and 1,150 of bike lanes.... Read more»

Report: Phx middle of the pack for innovative transportation options

Having a bike-sharing service and ride-sourcing options Uber and Lyft won Phoenix praise in the study released by two groups that want to get more people out of cars. But the Innovative Transportation Index finds the city has plenty of room for improvement.... Read more»1

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

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»

Mesa businesses readying for light rail construction

Business owners in downtown Mesa say they expect the 3.1-mile expansion of Metro light rail to cause some headaches but lead to a rejuvenation of the area when it is completed in late 2015 or early 2016. Work to lay tracks is scheduled to start next month. ... Read more»

Stanton: Increasing exports key to boosting Phx economy

Mayor Greg Stanton says Phoenix must become more innovative and increase its exports. In his State of the City Address, Stanton said Phoenix will double exports to Mexico in the next five years. ... Read more»

Sky Train makes tracks at Phx airport

The first phase of the $1.6 billion PHX Sky Train project opened to the public at noon Monday, and many of the first passengers were sightseers eager to ride. The free automatic system connects light rail, Sky Harbor’s East Economy Parking and Terminal Four.... Read more»

Ready to roll: Free, automated PHX Sky Train debuts April 8

As of Monday, April 8, those traveling between Metro light rail and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can catch a free, air-conditioned ride aboard PHX Sky Train.... Read more»

All aboard: ADOT makes final call for rail plan comments

This week is the final opportunity to comment on an ADOT study about the feasibility of a passenger rail line or express bus service between Phoenix and Tucson.... Read more»1

Phx mayor touts light rail/Sky Harbor train connection

A new station to connect Metro light rail with a driverless train serving Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will function in many ways like a terminal, Mayor Greg Stanton said Tuesday.... Read more»

Signs of light-rail expansion coming to north Phoenix

Mayor Greg Stanton calls the revived 3.2-mile extension of Metro light rail into north Phoenix a sign of the rebounding economy.... Read more»


Feds write $63 million check for Tucson streetcar

Tucson's modern streetcar project was awarded $63 million by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Thursday. The federal grant is a slice of a $1.5 billion federal transportation program.... Read more»

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Downtown streetcar to get $63 million from feds

Tucson's modern streetcar project will be awarded $63 million in federal stimulus money, say Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raúl Grijalva... Read more»