Phoenix City Council to meet on light rail plan

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix City Council will hold a special meeting today to consider the future of a planned expansion of its light-rail system that is meeting with increasing opposition.

The 5.5-mile extension of the Valley Metro system into South Phoenix would eliminate two of four lanes on a main street, Central Avenue. It is part of a $31.5-billion plan approved by the council in 2014 and by voters in 2015. But some business owners, who say they only recently became aware of the street change, are concerned about its impact on business. And as the Arizona Republic reports, the initial opposition to the two-lane street has grown into a general opposition to light rail in the community.

The meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. local time. An Associated Press report says it is to review information from a three-month outreach effort on the plan, which has involved visiting more than 5,000 homes, businesses and organizations, as well as six community meetings.

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