Phoenix Area’s Valley Metro has announced that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in June for its Tempe Streetcar, which will receive $50 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Capital Investment Grants program. The grant was included in the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill.
“This is a significant step for the project and signals positive momentum as we move into construction this summer,” said Mark Mitchell, Tempe mayor and Valley Metro Rail board chair. “Tempe Streetcar is a valuable investment for our community and the region as it serves future rider demand, spurs revitalization and boosts job growth.”
The region’s first streetcar, Tempe Streetcar will connect riders to Mill and Ash Avenues, Rio Salado Parkway, Apache Boulevard and two light rail stations. It will also offer transportation in the transit corridor that includes downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, Marina Heights and the Rio Salado corridor.
The City of Tempe and Valley Metro are optimistic the full funding grant agreement will be signed in the fall. Brookville Equipment was approved by the Valley Metro Rail Board in April to build six streetcar vehicles for the line.