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New 35-Year Transportation Investment Starts in JanuaryNew 35-Year Transportation Investment Starts in January<div class="ExternalClass03F67B08FB2F4FEB9D8DFDC3D15A072C"><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>Phoenix's transportation system will see a new investment on Jan. 1, 2016, when the voter-approved citywide Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan takes effect.</p><p>The T2050 plan entails the expansion of transit services and street improvements. The comprehensive plan includes 42 miles of new light rail, expanded bus and Dial-A-Ride service and repaving of nearly 680 miles of major arterial streets. Passed by voters in August of 2015, the plan was developed through more than 100 meetings and feedback from over 3,700 residents.</p><p>"The residents of Phoenix voted for comprehensive long-range transportation planning when they approved this plan last summer," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.<span style="line-height:1.6;"> "The plan addresses the city's transportation needs, from streets to buses and light rail and will position us for economic growth and prosperity for decades to come."</span></p><p>The funding for the T2050 plan will come from a change in the city's sales tax. Effective Jan. 1 the current 4/10ths tax known as Transit 2000 that built the majority of Phoenix's transit system, including expanded bus service, Dial-a-Ride and the initial 13 miles of light rail within city boundaries will increase to 7/10ths of a cent, or 70 cents on a $100 purchase, to become an all-encompassing transportation tax. Over the course of the plan, the new sales tax is projected to generate about $16.7 billion.</p><p>The Citizens Transportation Commission, created to provide oversight and feedback on transportation projects in the plan, first met in early December and will meet again on Jan. 7 and 28, 2016 to discuss how to put the plan to work.</p><p>Improving Phoenix's streets is also a key element of the plan. Maintenance for current arterial streets, funding for new roads and bridges, and creation of more than 1,000 miles of new bike lanes, and installation of 2,000 new streetlights and 135 miles of sidewalks are all enhancements identified in the plan.</p><p>Early morning and late night service hours for bus and Dial-A-Ride in 2016, new buses and new shelters are among the first improvements riders will see. Over the life of the plan, through 2035, other notable improvements include Wi-Fi on buses and light rail, reloadable fare cards and bus rapid transit (BRT) service along key corridors.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>To learn more about T2050 and the Citizens Transportation Commission, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1273762/4091882/16711/6/">link</a>.</p></div>12/18/2015 7:00:00 AMLars Jacoby, 602-261-8254Public Transit Department 602-262-7242