Valley Metro

Rendering of Culdesac Tempe development

Nation's First 'Zero-Driving Community' Takes Shape in Tempe

Slated to open in 2022, Culdesac Tempe contractually forbids personal vehicles from parking within a quarter-mile radius of the project site.

September 19, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Valley Metro

Phoenix's Valley Metro Works on Three Light Rail Project During Pandemic Lull

Construction continues on three Phoenix light rail projects set to be completed in 2024.

September 24, 2020 - Arizona Republic

Valley Metro Rail

Light Rail Plans Survive Election Challenge in Phoenix

An election to decide the fate of public transit planning in the city of Phoenix captured national attention as a bellwether for public opinion. Unofficial results have public transit winning with plenty of votes to spare.

August 28, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Valley Metro Rail

Phoenix's Future on the Ballot

Voters in Phoenix are already casting ballots in an election to be decided next week. Proposition 105 would end planned light extensions, and Proposition 106 would cap city spending.

August 22, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Feds Release Capital Investment Grants for Three Rail Transit Projects

Three major public transit projects in the western United States received a major infusion of funding from the federal government this week.

July 12, 2019 - Progressive Railroading

Valley Metro

Phoenix City Council Shifts Voter-Approved Light Rail Project Funding to Roads

Locally generated sales tax revenue will no longer fund a planned light rail extension in west Phoenix.

March 25, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Phoenix Region Public Transit

Ballot Initiative Could Erase Phoenix Light Rail Extension Plans

Anti-light rail activists gathered enough signatures to qualify a controversial measure on the August ballot.

February 7, 2019 - Arizona Republic

Valley Metro

Transit Supporters Push Back in Phoenix

Three votes and several long-range transit plans should have sufficiently insulated transit plans in Phoenix from obstructionist tactics, according to the opinion piece.

January 24, 2019 - The Arizona Republic

Phoenix Light Rail

10 Years Later: Evaluating Phoenix Light Rail

A big feature story celebrates the first ten years of Valley Metro Rail.

December 30, 2018 - Arizona Central

Dallas Transit

Feds Let the Transit Funding Flow

It was a big week for long-awaited transit funding from the Federal Transit Administration.

December 2, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Thomas/Central Avenue Station

As Phoenix Light Rail Extension Debate Devolves, Questions About Funding

Transit advocates are saying the Koch Brothers are responsible for a sudden outbreak of controversy surrounding the South Central Light Rail Extension in Phoenix.

September 26, 2018 - Arizona Republic

Phoenix Light Rail

Light Rail Extension on the Right Track in Phoenix

Checking in with the South Central light rail extension that will add six miles and 11 stations of light rail transit serviced in Phoenix.

January 23, 2018 - Phoenix New Times

Valley Metro

Phoenix Light Rail Stop Designed with Access in Mind by the People Who Need It

The non-profit Ability360 worked with members of its community, not only to advocate for a new light rail station, but to design a station that would fit the disabled community's needs.

January 11, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Bus Upholstery

Valley Metro Delivering on 'Phoenix Transportation 2050' Plan

Valley Metro announced a suite of bus service improvements this month, with even more potentially on the way later this year.

April 12, 2017 - Queen Creek Independent

Phoenix Light Rail

Feds Clear the Way for Phoenix's Light Rail Extension

A light rail extension that will reach South Phoenix took a crucial step forward last week.

January 19, 2017 - KJZZ

Phoenix Transportation Sales Tax Measure Wins On Tuesday's Ballot

Phoenix voters, by 55 percent according to preliminary results, chose to increase their sales tax from .4 to .7 percent on Tuesday, continuing until 2051 to pay for $17 billion in transportation improvements.

August 27, 2015 - AZ Central

Open 7 Months Ahead of Schedule: Mesa, Arizona's Light Rail Extension

The Valley Metro Rail system launched a new light rail extension over the weekend that connects the city of Mesa into Phoenix, Tempe and to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

August 24, 2015 - East Valley Tribune

Phoenix Sales Tax Measure Key to County's Transit Future

On August 25, voters in Phoenix and Maricopa County will determine the outcome of Proposition 104, a transportation sales tax measure that would raise $17 billion for a wide variety of transportation improvements, including extended light rail.

July 29, 2015 - ABC 15 (Phoenix)

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