It was a busy week at the state Capitol. We’ll recap all the week’s top stories.
Tempe Streetcar Secures $50 Million Federal Funding
Tempe’s Streetcar project will receive $50 million from a federal grant program.
President Donald Trump signed an appropriations bill Friday that includes the U.S. Department of Transportation Capital Investments Grants program.
“It’s really good because it provides assurance for Valley Metro and Tempe that we’re going to move forward with this project,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said.
Mitchell broke down the project’s total estimated cost as $186 million, with $75 million is coming from the federal government and $111 million from regional and local funds — $13 million of the local funding is from the private partnerships.
Mitchell said those private contributors include Arizona State University, which lies on the streetcar’s 3-mile route.
The streetcar’s route heads west on Apache Boulevard from Dorsey Lane, turns north on Mill Avenue and ends near Tempe Town Lake. A portion of the line also runs along Ash Avenue from University Drive north to Rio Salado Parkway.
Construction begins on Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and University Drive on June 1. The first step includes relocating utilities.