A 35-Year Plan to Advance Phoenix’s Transportation Future
OVERVIEW: Check out brochure in English and Español.
In August 2015 Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050, a 35-year citywide transportation plan aimed at dramatically expanding investment in Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements.
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 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 T2050 plan was developed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation (a committee of transportation experts and community advocates).
The following are key goals of Transportation 2050:
- Improved frequency on local bus service, check out English and Español videos and the news release for the latest
- Service through midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends for local bus and Dial-A-Ride service, check out flyer in English and Español
- 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
- 1,080 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, the plan also entails 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.
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.
Citizens Transportation Commission
To ensure accountability, Transportation 2050 requires a 15-member Citizens Transportation Commission (CTC), representing all aspects of the community, to oversee the plan. The committee will address street and transit needs, provide oversight on the expenditure of funds, and make recommendations on plan elements and other means of generating revenue for the plan going forward. For more information about the CTC, including the committee roster and meeting calendar, please visit this link.
Funding for Transportation 2050 is being generated by the voter-approved sales tax associated with Proposition 104, which became effective Jan. 1, 2016. This sales tax dedicates 7/10ths of a cent or 70 cents on a $100 purchase to fund the implementation of the Transportation 2050 plan. 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. An additional $14.8 billion is projected to be generated from federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources.