Phoenix City Council Considers 35-Year Transportation Plan

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:58am
(Photo courtesy of Valley Metro)
Passengers wait for a Valley Metro bus.

Phoenix is planning for the next 35 years. On Tuesday, the city council is scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with an expanded transportation plan. 

The plan includes an extension of the public transit service approved by voters in 2000. It would increase the city sales tax by a third of a cent through 2050. That would generate most of the funding for street improvements and transit additions. The rest would be covered by fares, and federal funding.

City spokesman Matthew Heil says the plan is to add more than 100 miles of public transit.

“For example Thomas Road is one of our busiest bus routes in the entire city," he said. "As the city grows we are going to need an even more robust kind of transit service on that street to meet people’s needs so we are looking a potential form of bus rapid transit there to carry more people.”

If the council accepts the proposal, it would go to voters later this year. If approved the tax could go into effect as early as January 2016.

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