Here’s what transportation projects have been funded by Prop 400

Dec 14, 2022, 4:35 AM

(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)...

(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)

(Arizona Department of Transportation Flickr Photo)

PHOENIX — Prop 400 is the region’s half cent sales tax that funds transportation projects in the Valley.

A recently published report shows the work that was done throughout the year funded by the money collected by the tax.

“There’s important freeway projects. Projects like the widening of the 101 Pima Freeway between I-17 and Pima Road, the widening of the 303 up in the Northwest Valley,” said John Bullen with the Maricopa Association of Governments.

He also pointed to projects like the Tempe Streetcar as successes in the Valley’s transportation efforts.

Bullen told KTAR News 92.3 FM the transportation projects funded through Prop 400 have been vital for the growth of Maricopa County.

“It’s been a critical part in saving people in time, money, really attracting new businesses,” Bullen said.

“You look at a lot of our economic development activity and where we’re making these transportation investments, and you know there’s a definite overlap there.”

Prop 400 expires in 2025. The State Legislature would need to allow the sales tax to go to a public vote to continue funding transportation projects.

Bullen said Maricopa County is the only county in the state to require legislative authority to allow voters to decide whether to extend the tax.

Since the implementation of Prop 400 in 2004, there have been 410 new corridor miles of freeways, 252 miles of street projects, and millions of additional miles of bus service, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments.

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Here’s what transportation projects have been funded by Prop 400