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Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Significant Milestone for Tempe Streetcar

PHOENIX, AZ —Tempe Streetcar reaches a significant funding milestone with $75 million included as a recommendation in President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017. Congress must ultimately approve any federal funding as part of the appropriations process in the coming months.

“Tempe Streetcar is an essential part of building our transit system into one that will serve future growth and spur revitalization and job growth,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Vice Chair Mark Mitchell. “Being included in the President’s budget shows we have a strong project with community and regional support. We would like to thank the Federal Transit Administration for their continued support, and we’re excited to work with Congress in order to make sure this important investment is funded.”

Tempe Streetcar is a $177 million capital investment that will travel on Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue. It will make a downtown loop on Mill and Ash avenues and continue south to Apache Boulevard. It will then turn east to Dorsey Lane, connecting with the Apache/Dorsey light rail station. The project will increase circulation in central Tempe and beyond with its connections to the larger Valley Metro system. It will also spur further development of the downtown core and provide connection to strong neighborhoods, major employers and downtown activities.

“Having a streetcar system that connects to the regional rail system will benefit our entire downtown Tempe community,” said Kate Borders, Downtown Tempe Authority Executive Director. “This is an exciting step forward, ensuring that this investment will generate added appeal as a vibrant destination for all ages.”

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Next steps include competitive procurements for streetcar vehicles and design, construction and artist contractors. Construction will initiate in 2017 and opening is scheduled for 2019. Community outreach will continue throughout each phase, including extensive business outreach and programming.

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