Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area
Traffic Restrictions


Project Details

Status:Under Construction
Region:East Valley
Type:Extensions/New Service


Jordan Brackett
Community Outreach Coordinator

Tempe Streetcar

Tempe Streetcar


Construction began on June 1. The initial phase of construction consists of utility relocations to make way for the future trackway. The construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck, will sequence the work to start on Mill Avenue, followed by Ash Avenue, through early August. The phased schedule minimizes the impacts of construction in downtown Tempe by restricting a majority of work on Mill and Ash avenues to three summers (2017, 2018 and 2019). Work will occur elsewhere along the alignment throughout the next three years. To view the detailed 2017 summer schedule, click here.

Next Steps

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. A public meeting to review 30 percent design was held on June 7. Click here for more information about the public meeting.


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. In May, Tempe Streetcar was approved to receive $50 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Capital Investment Grants program, which is included in the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill. “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.”

Tempe Streetcar_MAY 2017 map

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

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