Light Rail Got Its Start in Phoenix

In this article Phoenix, Arizona's $1.3 billion light rail transit (LRT) line is discussed in terms of the difficulties in procuring solid communal and financial backing for the project, as these two factors often work in concordance with one another. It took the convergence of the political will of the cities of Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, and Tempe in order to provide a working budget for the project, taken from a special sales tax developed to fund it. However, there were ardent critics, it is described, who attempted to sway public opinion against the project. Upon the construction of a starter lane, the project was moved to the regional transit agency, the Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA), in order to provide better coordination for the project. A program management consultant (PMC) was then hired, and the LRT operating body was eventually formed as the Valley Metro Rail (VMR) service. The author concludes that, with sufficient planning and political will, a $1 billion New Starts grant can provide a great boon to communities with light rail transit needs.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 38-41
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01047156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2007 3:40PM