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Phoenix-to-Tucson Transit Options Open for Public Comment

By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange

All it takes is money. The interest has long been in place for ways to avoid the I-10 truck crush getting between Phoenix and Tucson. Now ADOT is seeking public input for a rail or express bus program connecting the two major cities and in-between Pinal County communities. Coming in from a year-long series of public comments, ADOT has narrowed the options to six possibilities.

The agency is seeking more input to refine the options to final candidate programs for environmental review, preliminary design and the biggest of all issues—funding sources.

Last week marked the first of a series of meetings slated for sites in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties. A video and survey are available online at the passenger rail website. Six color coded maps display the alternative routes ranging from new rail lines, using Union Pacific or Burlington Northern Santa Fe rails, or BRT, bus rapid transit, service.

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