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Sun, Nov 15, 2015

Environmental Clearance for Tempe Streetcar

PHOENIX, AZ — The Federal Transit Administration announced that the Tempe Streetcar received a Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI), which indicates that the three-mile project will have no significant environmental effect on the neighboring communities. 

“With this environmental clearance, we are one step closer to providing another option for the growing number of Tempe residents, students and workers who rely on public transit every day,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Vice Chair Mark Mitchell. “The finding that there are no significant environmental effects on our neighborhoods is not only good for our residents, but it means that we can continue to compete for federal dollars for the project.”

The Environmental Assessment includes review of potential impacts to the neighboring environment such as noise and vibration, traffic and parking, historical and archaeological resources.

The streetcar 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 and east to Dorsey Lane where it will connect with the Apache Blvd/Dorsey Lane station. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 with completion scheduled for 2019.

At this time, Valley Metro and the City of Tempe await notification from the Federal Transit Administration in early 2016 on the application submitted to receive funding through the Small Starts grant program.

For more information on the Tempe Streetcar, visit

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 23 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2015, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. Six light rail 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 and Twitter or visiting

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