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Fri, May 5, 2017

Tempe Streetcar Groundbreaking in June

PHOENIX – Tempe Streetcar will receive $50 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Capital Investment Grants program, which is included in the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill signed by President Trump today.

“This is a significant step for the project and signals positive momentum as we move into construction this summer,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Mark Mitchell. “Tempe Streetcar is a valuable investment for our community and the region as it serves future rider demand, spurs revitalization and boosts job growth.”

In addition to the start of construction in early June, Brookville Equipment was approved by the Valley Metro Rail Board in April to build six streetcar vehicles, vehicle paint scheme options are being reviewed and design elements, including art concepts at all 14 streetcar stops, continue to advance.

Tempe Streetcar, the region’s first streetcar, will connect riders to Mill and Ash avenues in downtown Tempe, Rio Salado Parkway, Apache Boulevard and two light rail stations. Streetcar will offer another transportation option in a high demand transit corridor that includes downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, Marina Heights and the growing Rio Salado corridor, as well as some of Tempe’s oldest neighborhoods.

“We’re encouraged by today’s budget announcement,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “Support from our federal partners is not only a milestone for streetcar, but indicates their continuous commitment to local investments as we build a world class transit system.”

In February 2016, the Federal Transit Administration included $75 million for Tempe Streetcar in its proposal. City of Tempe and Valley Metro are optimistic the full funding grant agreement will be signed in the fall.

For more information on Tempe Streetcar, including details on construction, visit valleymetro.org/tempestreetcar.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.




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