Phoenix, Valley Metro Submit Funding Request to Complete South Central Light Rail ExtensionPhoenix, Valley Metro Submit Funding Request to Complete South Central Light Rail Extension<div class="ExternalClassE30C7764C0084EBEA4636657798EA5AA"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The City of Phoenix, in coordination with Valley Metro, has formally submitted a funding request to the Federal Transit Administration to complete the South Central Light Rail Extension. The $704 million request will be considered in the President's FY 2018 budget.</p><p>"This is another step on our accelerated timeline to build the South Central Extension by 2023 – 11 years earlier than initial plans," said Vice Mayor Kate Gallego. "Our initial 20-mile Light Rail line has fueled more than $8.2 billion in economic activity along the route, and we're now closer to bringing these economic benefits to areas from the Warehouse District to the Baseline Road Corridor."<br><br><span style="line-height:20.8px;">Light Rail is essential to the continued emergence of our urban core. It means residents will have a reliable direct link to jobs and entertainment, growing businesses will be connected to customers, and students – nearly 40 percent of all riders – will be a short rail ride to a wealth of higher education opportunities."</span><br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><br></div>9/6/2016 5:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405