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Sonya Pastor La Sota
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In early January 2017, the Federal Transit Administration announced the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the South Central light rail project. The report follows an extensive environmental review of the extension. The environmental clearance enables the project to move forward in its development and affirms an accelerated opening date of 2023, thanks to Phoenix Transportation 2050. Click here to view the environmental assessment report.
The proposed five-mile project will connect with the current light rail system in downtown Phoenix and run south to Baseline Road. In January 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity/light rail transit system to advance into the Regional Transportation Plan, which includes the South Central light rail extension. With the acceleration, the South Central Extension will open in 2023 rather than 2034. The advancement will be funded through Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters in August 2015.
In December 2015, the South Central light rail extension was approved by the Federal Transit Administration into the Project Development phase of their Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. This marks the first step in receiving federal project approval under the CIG program and ultimately eligibility for federal construction funds. The Project Development phase is comprised of environmental analysis, preliminary engineering and documentation needed to advance the project to the next phase of the federal CIG program.