Statement from Councilwoman Kate Gallego on South Phoenix Light Rail ExpansionStatement from Councilwoman Kate Gallego on South Phoenix Light Rail Expansion<div class="ExternalClass45784F42B57841CF89589FEC49697C14"><p><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">The Phoenix City Council today voted on an agreement to move forward with Valley Metro on another light rail extension projec</span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;">t down Central Avenue and into the south Phoenix area.<br></span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><br>“Thanks to the voters of Phoenix and their approval of Proposition 104, we are making an historic investment in our transportation system today.  This investment in light rail brings another much-needed mass transit option to the southern half of our city. These connections provide access to jobs, school, and entertainment in the downtown core,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego. Councilwoman Gallego represents District 8, which encompasses a significant portion of the newly proposed light rail route.<br></span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><br>Phoenix approved $50 million for the two-year design phase to extend light rail into south Phoenix. The approved request will include funding for a </span><span style="font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;background:white;">comprehensive traffic analysis to assess business impacts along the Central Avenue route.<br></span><span style="background-color:white;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><br>“Essential to implementation of light rail is evaluating and mitigating its construction impacts to communities.  My office will be working closely with the city’s Public Transit Department and Valley Metro to ensure that resident feedback is heard and incorporated into the final plans,” Gallego added.<br></span><span style="background-color:white;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;font-size:12pt;"><br>The total cost of the south Central extension project is estimated at $704 million, which includes federal, regional and local funding. </span></p></div>4/19/2017 7:00:00 AMMatthew Heil602-534-0108