Phoenix considers diverting light rail funds for road repairs

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council has taken the first step in a move that could divert funds for light rail projects to street repairs, postponing or killing the rail projects.

The Arizona Republic reports that the council voted 5-3 on Wednesday for a request to examine options “to expedite the service schedule for much-needed street and road resurfacing and repairs.” That request gives staff to authority to research the possibility of borrowing from the light-rail funds approved as part of a $31.5-billion transportation plan approved by voters in 2015. The council will hold another vote on Sept. 19, after reviewing that research, on actually diverting the funding.

The proposal would only affect light rail projects that have not yet reached the planning stage. It does not include a 5.5-mile extension of the Valley Metro Rail system into south Phoenix, which is supposed to begin construction in 2019.

The full report by the Republic is available here.

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