Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
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Public Meetings

Tempe Streetcar Public Meeting
October 26, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
Tempe Transportation Center, Don Cassano Room, 200 E. 5th Street, Tempe


Project Details

Region:East Valley
Type:Extensions/New Service


Terry Gruver
Community Outreach Coordinator

Tempe Streetcar

Tempe Streetcar


Competitive procurements for streetcar vehicles and design, construction and artist contractors are underway. On Wednesday, October 26, the city of Tempe and Valley Metro will host a public meeting to answer questions from the community on Tempe Streetcar. The latest project activities, including plans for future contractors, public art and the project timeline will also be presented. For more information on the public meeting, click here.

Next Steps

Final design is expected in 2017 with construction beginning as early as late 2017. Community outreach will continue throughout each phase, including extensive business outreach and programming.


Following a three-year study that evaluated high-capacity transit improvements, a streetcar project in the Mill Avenue corridor was adopted locally and regionally into the Regional Transportation Plan in 2010. In June 2014, the Tempe City Council supported a route recommendation for a three-mile Tempe Streetcar route on Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue, downtown loop on Mill and Ash avenues and south to Apache Boulevard, then east to Dorsey Lane.  In spring 2015, the Tempe City Council approved the recommended stop locations and the route was also approved by the Valley Metro Rail Board and the Maricopa Association of Governments.

The project received a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in October 2015, which indicates that the three-mile 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. The FONSI marks the final step in the project’s environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). To view the environmental reports, click here.

On February 9, 2016, planning for the Valley’s first streetcar line reached a significant funding milestone. Tempe Streetcar is included in President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017, for $75 million.

The Tempe Streetcar project capital costs are estimated at $183 million and will be funded using regional Proposition 400 funds, local funds, and federal grant dollars.

Tempe Streetcar Routes and Stops

About Streetcars

Streetcar is an important addition to developing a total 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.

Modern streetcar vehicles operate on tracks, typically mixed with automobile traffic. Stops are also more frequent than light rail.


Event Schedule
Design Winter 2016 - Winter 2017
Construction 2018-2020
Project Completion 2020