Phoenix South Central Light Rail Project Gets $100 Million In Federal Funds

By Mark Brodie, Bridget Dowd
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 8:44am
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 11:32am

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Light rail handout flyer against Prop 105
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Flyer handed out on the light rail opposing Prop 105, July 10, 2019.

Valley Metro received a major federal investment Tuesday. The money will go toward the South Central Light Rail extension.

The Federal Transit Administration is allocating an initial $100 million to the extension. The project includes 5.5 miles of new rail lines connecting downtown Phoenix to the South Mountain Village area.

Light rail has been a hot topic among Arizona policymakers, with Proposition 105 on the ballot. A vote for the measure would direct funds to other transportation needs and stop light rail expansions like this one.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego released a statement saying the light rail’s continued growth is "crucial to our city’s success."

Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith says that if voters approve Prop 105, Phoenix would lose this and other project-specific federal funding. Smith joined The Show to talk about the announcement.

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