Many Arizona mayors support Amtrak rail service expansion

Jul 15, 2021, 4:05 AM
An Amtrak train conductor prepares to signal the engineer prior to departing from Union Station in ...
An Amtrak train conductor prepares to signal the engineer prior to departing from Union Station in downtown Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego are among those asking Arizona’s congressional delegation to support Amtrak’s proposed expansion of frequent passenger rail service.

Amtrak officials would like to see passenger rail service that would connect Tucson and the Phoenix area with three round trips each day.

Daily service to Los Angeles would also be possible.

There has been no rail service between both cities since the mid-1990s.

In a statement, Romero says Amtrak’s proposed new service would yield important economic benefits throughout the region, increase travel options for millions of Arizonans and help the state reduce its carbon footprint.

Romero and Gallego joined the mayors of Goodyear, Mesa, Glendale, Oro Valley, South Tucson, Marana, Avondale, Sahuarita and Chandler in sending a joint letter Tuesday asking the state’s congressional delegation to support the Amtrak proposal.

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Many Arizona mayors support Amtrak rail service expansion