PHOENIX – Federal and local officials in Phoenix, Arizona signed an agreement to authorize US$158 million in support for Phase II of the Northwest Light Rail Extension (NWEII).
The extension adds 2.5 kilometers of track, three stations and a multimodal transit center to the existing 28-kilometer light rail system.
“This extension is going to allow more people to enjoy safe, fast, frequent and reliable public transportation, and it is an environmentally friendly project. This connection will link people to downtown, Arizona State University and Sky Harbor International Airport,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.
This second phase will connect from the existing end of the line at 19th Avenue and Dunlap, and the extension will reportedly provide greater transit access to Phoenix residents west of I-17. The extension is expected to serve about 5,700 daily riders.
“With Phase II of the Northwest Extension, we see a community that identifies transportation needs, develops smart solutions, champions its values and invests local money in these projects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the extension will boost the region’s economy, connecting new areas of the city with educational institutions, employment centers and a vibrant arts, culture and sports scene.
The total investment for the project is US$401 million, paid for by federal Capital Investment Grant, regional Proposition 400 funds and Phoenix Transportation 2050 city funds. Construction began in September 2020 and the extension is scheduled to begin operations in 2024.
Source: MEXICO-NOW Staff