Transportation 2050 is a citywide street and transit improvement plan that was developed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation, and approved by the Phoenix City Council for the city's Aug. 25, 2015 election ballot. On the election ballot the plan will be listed as Prop. 104. If approved by voters, the plan would provide funding to repave 680 miles of Phoenix's major streets, triple the light rail miles in Phoenix, adding 42 miles of corridors across the city, and pay for longer hours of operation for the local bus system, among other items.
Funding for the plan, if approved by Phoenix voters, will come from a change in the city’s sales tax. The current transit tax, which funds almost all of the city’s bus and light rail operations, as well as operation of the city’s Dial-a-Ride services for people with disabilities, is currently 4/10ths of a cent. If the plan is approved, the transit tax would become a transportation tax and be increased to 7/10ths of a cent, or 70 cents on a $100 purchase.
The transportation tax is projected to generate $16.7 billion from taxes over 35 years. Altogether the funds generated from the tax of 16.7 billion leverage almost half of the plan’s cost, or 14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other elements.
Currently the sales tax in Phoenix is 2%, if the Transportation tax is approved by Phoenix voters, starting in January 2016 the new sales tax will be 2.3%. This would change the current all-inclusive city, state and county tax from 8.3% to 8.6%.
Additional information on plan elements is available at talktransportation org, or in the English- and Spanish-language fact sheets below, in PDF format:
Transportation 2050 Fact Sheet - English
Transportation Plan Fact Sheet - Español
Read your sample ballot and proposition information on the City Clerk's website
To request a presentation Transportation 2050 to your community group, please contact the Public Transit Department at 602-262-7242 and ask for the Public Information Office. Presentations are for educational purposes only.
Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation
On April 8, 2014 the Mayor and Council authorized establishment of a citizens committee to examine the City’s street transportation and transit needs and priorities. The committee consisted of thirty-four members from across Phoenix, and included transportation experts and community advocates. The committee developed a recommendation on a citywide transportation plan that was referred to the Phoenix City Council in February 2015. The council acted on that recommendation on April 22, referring the transportation plan to voters on the Aug. 25, 2015 citywide election ballot.
More information on the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation is available below.