Transportation 2050 dramatically expands investment in Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements. The plan will significantly upgrade the city’s aging 5,000-mile street network and have a citywide impact on street needs providing new pavement, increasing maintenance on existing streets, and adding bike lanes, sidewalks and ADA accessible/compliant upgrades.
Through Transportation 2050, Phoenix’s arterial street maintenance cycle will be cut nearly in half, from 65 years to 33 years. The use of Transportation 2050 funds to implement these roadway improvements will also enable the leveraging of current resources to perform additional pavement maintenance on collector and local streets. Visit the
Pavement Preservation Program page for more information about paving schedules, prioritization and techniques.
Mobility Improvements Program
Due to the significant commitment to construct new bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the T2050 Plan,
135 miles of new sidewalks and 1,080 miles of new bike lanes, a separate T2050 Mobility Improvements Program was established to implement additional projects that increase Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and mobility through construction of new sidewalks and multi-modal connectivity through provision of new bicycle facilities.
Unlike other T2050 projects and programs focused specifically on major streets (arterials and major collectors), Mobility Improvements Program funding will be used for mobility projects on all streets (arterial, collector and local), with a particular emphasis on improving connectivity and access to major transportation and transit corridors. Visit the
Mobility Improvements Program page for more information on the status of the program.
Traffic Signal Enhancements
The plan also helps improve some of the city’s signalized intersections by adding left-turn arrows to them; repainting traffic signal poles at signalized intersections to preserve them and prevent rust and corrosion; and replacing existing deteriorated intersection street name signs with new retroreflective street sign faces that include internal light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.
New and Expanded Major Streets Program
Transportation 2050 will provide an estimated $240 million for major street improvement projects, such as new bridges and new roads, to help connect and complete the city's roadway network. Visit the
New and Expanded Major Streets Program page for information.
Transit improvements entail tripling the number of light rail miles in Phoenix by adding 42 miles of high capacity corridors across the city. Connections to educational institutions are a key element of Transportation 2050. Light rail corridors will provide service to Grand Canyon University and ASU West, linking ASU and U of A campuses in downtown Phoenix to the Valley’s current 20-mile light rail line.
New Bus Service
In addition to new light rail corridors,
Transportation 2050 will build out the majority of the city’s bus service network including longer hours of operation and introduce Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The initial BRT corridor of 35th Avenue and Van Buren Street was approved by Phoenix City Council on April 20, 2022. Next steps are to refine the program schedule, identify funding options and develop design plans. Learn more by visiting phoenix.gov/BRT.
Another key aspect of the plan is funding for infrastructure that improves the passenger experience, whether related to better technology such as reloadable fare cards, Wi-Fi technology on transit vehicles, and real-time trip planning to shade structures at all bus stops citywide.
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