Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area


Jordan Brackett
Community Outreach Coordinator

Mary Ann Miller
Business Assistance Coordinator

Tempe Streetcar

Tempe Streetcar


Construction on the Valley’s first streetcar is underway. The initial phase of construction consists of underground work to make way for the future trackway. Safety tips in construction zones:

  • Be alert around construction
  • Allow for extra travel time
  • Always use designated crosswalks
  • Limit distractions such as cell phones and headphones

Next Steps

Design development continues to occur alongside early construction work and final design is on track for completion in 2018. A public meeting to review 60 percent design was held in mid-September.


Tempe is already one of the highest public transit ridership centers in the region and Tempe Streetcar will add another efficient transportation option. Tempe Streetcar will connect riders to neighborhoods, major business centers and regional entertainment/event destinations.
The three mile route 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 to the Dorsey/Apache Blvd. light rail station. The project is estimated at $186 million and will be funded using regional Proposition 400 funds, local funds, and federal grant dollars.

The project received a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in October 2015, which indicates that the project will have no significant environmental effect on the neighboring communities. The FONSI comes following the project’s Environmental Assessment (EA), which evaluates the potential impacts to the neighboring environment, including noise and vibration, traffic and parking, and historical and archaeological resources. Click here to view the project environmental reports.

About Streetcars

Streetcar is an important addition to developing a comprehensive transit network in this region. It supports the existing transit system and community with its ability to attract new riders, increase mobility, strengthen existing neighborhoods and create sustainable development. Streetcar typically deploys vehicles that are smaller than light rail vehicles and that operate individually, not linked together.


Event Schedule
Design Late 2016-late 2017
Construction 2017-2020
Opening 2020

Project Partners