Preparing for Phoenix's Growth

A critical component to creating the economy we need is a robust public transit system – one that meets the demands of today, and prepares Phoenix for the future. Growing the Phoenix economy relies on upgrading our infrastructure and preparing it for future growth, and that includes not just our streets and transit system, but also our world-class airport.

Transit: Move PHX

In 2015, voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 104, Stanton’s 35-year, $31 billion transportation plan, the largest transit investment in Phoenix history and the largest infrastructure plan of its kind in the country. The plan, now called Transportation 2050, is now working to triple the city’s light rail system, extend bus hours to nearly 24 hours a day every day of the week, build and repair streets, and construct over 1,080 miles of new bike lanes. 

With light rail as a catalyst, Phoenix has already attracted more than $8 billion in transit-oriented development along the existing light rail and our downtown experiencing a full-blown renaissance.  

Even before Prop. 104, Stanton worked with City Council to accelerate construction on a three-mile extension of light rail to Dunlap Avenue completed in 2016. The project had been delayed until 2023 during the Great Recession, but under Stanton’s plan, Phoenix used its share of countywide transit taxes to pay for the project without federal matching funds and finish the project seven years early. 

Improving Sky Harbor, America's Friendliest Airport

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Stanton and the City of Phoenix are investing more than $2 billion to modernize and expand our region’s most important economic engine. Current renovations at America’s Friendliest Airport include: 

  • Modernizing Terminal 3. In 2016, the City completed construction on Phase 1, which includes new security checkpoints, efficient ticket counters, an art gallery, and outdoor plaza and dog park. Coming phases include a new South Concourse with 15 new gates and enhanced food and beverage options in the North Concourse.  
  • Extending the popular PHX Sky Train from the airport terminals to the West Ground Transportation Center and to the Rental Car Center.  
  • Building a new eight-gate concourse for Southwest Airlines in Terminal 4. 

  • Adding 35 new retail shops and two spas by 2018 inside Terminal 4, including a mix of nationally recognized name brands and locally owned concepts.   

Bringing Bike Share to Phoenix

In addition to securing 1,080 miles of bike lanes through Prop. 104, Stanton also prioritized getting more residents to choose bikes as a way to get around. 

In 2014, Stanton enhanced the Valley’s regional transportation system when Phoenix approved the Grid Bike Share system for short trips in and around downtown, and along the light rail system. Ridership grew 30 percent from 2015 to 2016 to a total of 9,927 riders, 47,826 trips and 81,095 miles. In 2017, the City Council approved an expansion of Grid Bikes, adding 200 new bicycles and 20 new stations. Bike sharing also went regional with Tempe and Mesa adding Grid Bikes to their transportation systems. 

Complete Streets

Phoenix streets are not just for cars, they are for everyone. Stanton led the push for a Complete Streets Policy that ensures a more sustainable transportation system that is safe and accessible to all – bicyclists, persons with disabilities, pedestrians, transit users and cars.