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Tempe Streetcar Secures $50 Million Federal Funding

The Tempe Streetcar route
(Screen capture via Valley Metro)
The 3-miles route includes 14 stops and two connections with the Valley Metro Rail.

Tempe’s Streetcar project will receive $50 million from a federal grant program.

President Donald Trump signed an appropriations bill Friday that includes the U.S. Department of Transportation Capital Investments Grants program.

“It’s really good because it provides assurance for Valley Metro and Tempe that we’re going to move forward with this project,” Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said.

Mitchell broke down the project’s total estimated cost as $186 million, with $75 million is coming from the federal government and $111 million from regional and local funds — $13 million of the local funding is from the private partnerships.

Mitchell said those private contributors include Arizona State University, which lies on the streetcar’s 3-mile route.

RELATED: Tempe Streetcar Is The Latest Development In County Public Transit

The streetcar’s route heads west on Apache Boulevard from Dorsey Lane, turns north on Mill Avenue and ends near Tempe Town Lake. A portion of the line also runs along Ash Avenue from University Drive north to Rio Salado Parkway.

Construction begins on Mill Avenue between Rio Salado Parkway and University Drive on June 1. The first step includes relocating utilities.

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.