Phoenix residents speak out against light rail expansion

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PHOENIX - Some Arizona residents are speaking out against a plan to expand the light rail system in Phoenix. The city recently approved a 6-mile expansion that will extend the current system from downtown to the southern part of the city. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, the Associated Press reports.

Last week, more than 200 residents gathered to protest the expansion of the Valley Metro light rail system along Central Avenue, which they believe could hurt businesses along the route, increase property prices, and spur an increase in crime. Supporters of the expansion counter that the new light rail route will benefit residents and the community as a whole. Among those in favor of the project is a local city council member. "It's a very exciting project. There are a lot of people here who will benefit from it, who will get a chance to go to school, get a chance to go to jobs," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego.

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