Phoenix receives $49.4M in federal grants for light rail extension

Dec 21, 2020, 5:00 PM

(Flickr Photo/Valley Metro)...

(Flickr Photo/Valley Metro)

(Flickr Photo/Valley Metro)

PHOENIX – The City of Phoenix will receive $49.4 million from a federal grant program to put toward the latest expansion of the light rail system in the northern part of town.

The funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration in the form of Capital Investment Grants, which is a program that funds capital investments like light rail, street cars and bus transit.

“Light rail is essential to smart growth and smart development throughout the city,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a press release Monday. “The grants will extend these advantages to commuters in northwest Phoenix.”

The grants will be used for the Northwest Extension Phase II project, which will add an additional 1.6 miles to the light rail track in north Phoenix.

The extension will run west on Dunlap Avenue to 25th Avenue and then north to Mountain View Road. From there, a structure will be built to bring the light rail over Interstate 17 to its final stop near the recently closed Metrocenter Mall.

“This expansion of Valley Metro Light Rail will further connect the region with affordable transportation options and lead to greater economic growth,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona said in a release.

“Investing in infrastructure is key to bringing more jobs to our state and rebuilding a stronger economy for the future.”

Separately, the city received an additional $1 million Transit Oriented Development planning grant, which will also go towards the northwest expansion.

Those funds will be used towards creating an active transportation implementation plan, which will allow the city to explore its vision for the area and provide assistance for populations that rely on public transit.

Last month, the city received a separate $530 million federal grant to start construction on the Phoenix South Central/ Downtown HUB light rail extension.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Renovations of Wildflower Tempe ahead of its grand reopening. (Adler Public Relations photo)...

Tom Kuebel

Wildflower debuts renovations for grand reopening in Tempe

The Wildflower restaurant hosted its grand reopening after making several renovations to its location in Tempe.

1 hour ago

(KTAR News/Peter Samore)...

Casa Grande man sentenced for smuggling meth through San Luis Port of Entry

A man from Casa Grande was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to smuggle more than 30 pounds of meth through the San Luis Port of Entry.

3 hours ago

Emma Stone receives a 5-timers robe from SNL veterans Tina Fey and Candice Bergen. (YouTube screens...

Arizona-native Emma Stone hosts SNL for 5th time, joining exclusive club

Arizona native Emma Stone was joined by Tina Fey and Candice Bergen who welcomed her to the illustrious five-timers club for hosting Saturday Night Live.

5 hours ago

Fountain Hills native Nicholas Hambruch was announced as lead for the new "Shrek the Musical" comin...

David Veenstra

Valley native cast as lead of new touring version of ‘Shrek’ musical

An all-new version of "Shrek the Musical" with Fountain Hills native Nicholas Hambruch starring as Shrek is coming to Phoenix in March.

8 hours ago

Rendering of Verrado Marketplace, which will total 500,000 square feet with a host of retailers, re...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Target among major tenants announced for Verrado Marketplace in Buckeye

Target, Safeway and a Harkins BackLot entertainment complex will be the anchor tenants for the planned Verrado Marketplace in Buckeye.

9 hours ago

(AP File Photo)...

Northbound lanes on Interstate 17 near Black Canyon City reopen after crash

A crash closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 17 near Black Canyon City. ADOT advised motorists to seek an alternate route.

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Dierdre Woodruff

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.


Desert Institute for Spine Care

Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) wants to help Valley residents address back, neck issues through awake spine surgery

As the weather begins to change, those with back issues can no longer rely on the dry heat to aid their backs. That's where DISC comes in.


Midwestern University

Midwestern University: innovating Arizona health care education

Midwestern University’s Glendale Campus near Loop 101 and 59th Avenue is an established leader in health care education and one of Arizona’s largest and most valuable health care resources.

Phoenix receives $49.4M in federal grants for light rail extension