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City of Phoenix: Federal Government Provides Full Funding for Northwestern Light Rail Extension


October 22, 2021 12:15 PM

The action of the USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) gives the green light for the next step to connect the West Valley with downtown Phoenix and the East Valley via light rail.

Federal and local leaders are excited to see the $ 158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) for Phase II of the Valley Metro Northwest Light Rail Extension (NWE II) expansion Congress for consideration. This very competitive grant will complete the funding required for this project, with the final signing of the grant scheduled for early November.

The NWE II gives new communities better access to major destinations along the existing light rail line. These destinations include educational institutions, employment centers, entertainment facilities as well as the airport. The expansion will also connect the West Valley to high-capacity transit as a convenient and reliable commuting option.

The 1.6 mile extension will connect the end of the current line located at 19th Avenue and Dunlap to the Metrocenter Mall at approximately 29th Avenue and Dunlap. The extension is unique: it will reach its destination via a bridge over Interstate 17 and terminate at the region’s first elevated light rail station platform. The project also includes three public transport stations, a multimodal transport center, a parking garage and a large public artwork.

USDOT’s announcement means that a capital investment grant (CIG) of $ 158 million will be spent on the project. The total cost of ENO II is $ 401 million and includes $ 213 million in local Transport 2050 (T2050) funds; $ 30 million from regional transportation sales tax funds; and the federal grant of $ 158 million in preparation.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the project will now be able to achieve its goal of breathing new life into the neighborhoods around the Metrocenter. “Projections tell us that this new section of rail will serve 5,700 daily passengers and that the majority of passengers will come from car-free households, opening up new options for good jobs and good education,” Mayor Gallego said. “This will be a legacy project in the district for board member Ann O’Brien and for board member Laura Pastor, who I recently appointed to represent Phoenix on the Valley Metro Rail board of directors. “

“Today’s funding announcement represents a critical next step in the expansion of Northwestern Light Rail Transit. Investing in Arizona transit creates jobs, expands transportation options and grows Arizona’s economy, ”said Senior US Senator from Arizona Kyrsten Sinema. “The bipartisan infrastructure and jobs investment law that I negotiated with Republicans in the Senate and the White House includes historic investments in transit projects like this, and I will continue to support critical infrastructure investments in our state and to create opportunities for all Arizonans. “

Funding for the Northwest Light Rail Extension project will expand Arizona residents’ access to reliable public transportation and connect them to more economic opportunities, ”said U.S. Senator from Arizona, Mark Kelly, committee member senatorial for the environment and public works. infrastructure remains one of my top priorities, which is why I worked to secure key investments in the bipartisan infrastructure bill. I will continue to work to ensure the people of Arizona see more critical investments in our state’s infrastructure. “

“Years of work and advocacy have made this project possible. When completed, the light rail will be a new connection to the Northwest Valley, opening it up to new economic opportunities: jobs, private and public investment, education, health care, social services and more ”, said said Representative Greg Stanton. Stanton has been a strong advocate for transit since his tenure as mayor of Phoenix, leading the charge on the T2050, one of the nation’s most ambitious transportation initiatives, a bipartisan, voter-backed plan to expand the metro system Phoenix Lightweight, expand bus service and improve thousands of miles of roads over the next 35 years. He continued to fight for federal funds and increased resources for the CIG program as vice-chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

“As the fifth largest city in the United States, Phoenix needs a robust infrastructure that provides better jobs and opportunities for our residents,” said representative Ruben Gallego. “The Biden administration recognizes these necessary investments, and I am excited by the announcement of full funding for the Northwest Light Rail Extension. Whether it’s going to work, dining or shopping,” this redevelopment will connect our city in a new, innovative way. “

“Moving an additional million people across the valley over the next three to five years is our regional transportation challenge,” said Francisco Heredia, Chairman of the Board of Valley Metro Rail and Member of the Board of Mesa. “Phase II of the Northwest Extension will play a key role in improving access, connecting neighborhoods, reducing future congestion and ultimately providing high quality public transport. and affordable to generations. Thank you to our partners at DOT and FTA for sharing our vision, now and in the future. “

Work on Phase II of the Northwest Tramway extension is expected to be completed in 2024.

About Transportation 2050: In August 2015, voters in Phoenix approved the T2050, a 35-year city-wide transportation plan. The T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency of local bus service, new light rail services and stations, and major street improvement projects. Funding for the T2050 comes from a 7/10-cent municipal sales tax that began on January 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, funds are expected to generate approximately $ 16.7 billion, or more than the half of the overall cost of the plan. There will be an additional $ 14.8 billion from federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources.

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This press release was produced by the City of Phoenix. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.