A 35-Year Plan to Advance Phoenix’s Transportation Future
In August 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan.
The previous transit plan, known as T2000, was a voter-approved tax that primarily funded transit service in Phoenix. Now broader and more comprehensive, the transit plan entails a comprehensive transportation plan with additional emphasis on street needs from street maintenance to new pavement, bike lanes, sidewalks and ADA accessibility to compliment an increase in transit services.
The following are a few of the key goals of Transportation 2050, which will be overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission:
- Improved frequency on local bus service
- Service through midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends for local bus and Dial-A-Ride service
- New transit-related technology, such as Wi-Fi on buses and trains, reloadable transit passes, real-time data for Dial-A-Ride and security improvements for bus and light rail
- 75 miles of new RAPID routes
- 42 miles of new light rail
- Addition of a new light rail stations
- 680 miles of new asphalt pavement on major arterial streets
- 1,000 miles of new bicycle lanes
- 135 miles of new sidewalks
- 2,000 new street lights
- $240 million for major street improvement projects
Transportation 2050 Fact Sheet - English
Transportation Plan Fact Sheet - Español
The transit improvements cover a wide array of concerns expressed by residents who engaged in the Transportation 2050 process leading up to the citywide election in August 2015.
Transit improvements entail tripling the number of light rail miles in Phoenix by adding 42 miles across the city. Light rail connections to Grand Canyon University and ASU West are a key element of the plan.
In addition to new light rail corridors, the plan will build out the city’s bus service network, and introduce new RAPID corridors. Longer hours of operation for the local bus system will be one the early improvements that will be instituted.
In addition, improving the passenger experience is an important element of the plan, including reloadable fare cards, Wi-Fi on buses and trains, real-time trip planning and new shade structures at bus stops citywide.
Transportation 2050 provides funding for street maintenance and improvements.
Through the plan, Phoenix’s arterial street maintenance cycle shifts from 65 to 33 years. The new funds generated under the plan enables the city to use current resources to perform additional street maintenance on collector and local streets.
In addition, improving old infrastructure to ensure ADA accessibility on streets with existing (or planned) bus service through adding crosswalks, sidewalks, sidewalk wheelchair ramps, and curb and gutter. These improvements are needed at more than 4,000 places citywide.
Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements
The council-adopted the Bicycle Master Plan includes a prioritized project list for phased implementation. Transportation 2050 funding ensures the projects identified in the Bicycle Master Plan are funded, including an extensive network of new and improved bike lanes throughout the city.
Funding for Transportation 2050 will come from a change in the city’s sales tax. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the transit tax becomes an all-encompassing transportation tax and increases to 7/10ths of a cent, or 70 cents on a $100 purchase. This would change the current all-inclusive city, state and county tax from 8.3 to 8.6 percent.
Over the life of the plan the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or almost half of the plan’s overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources.
The T2050 plan was developed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation (a committee of transportation experts and community advocates), and dramatically expands investment in Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements. This committee is no longer active.