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Rio East-Dobson Streetcar Extension project gets $16 million for 4-mile extension

Tempe Streetcar
Valley Metro
Valley Metro crews inspect the new Tempe Streetcar vehicle in March 2021.

Nearly $16 million in federal funds have been set aside for the Rio East-Dobson Streetcar Extension project. Congressman Greg Stanton made the announcement this week.

The project is expected to extend existing track by another 4 miles, from Tempe into Mesa along Rio Salado Parkway.

"We are really excited to get this work and continuing this work moving forward and ensuring that we have this type of transportation options for our residents here in Mesa," said Mesa Vice Mayor Francisco Heredia.

The funds come out of the Bipartisan Infrastructure law. Heredia says there is no timeline yet for when crews will break ground.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.