Shaping the future of Phoenix transportation

On Aug. 25, 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 and made a strong statement about the importance of expanding investment in Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction and street improvements in light of the city’s expanding population. The Transportation 2050 plan was developed by the Citizens Committee on the Future of Phoenix Transportation, a council-appointed committee of transportation experts and community advocates. The committee addressed a wide array of concerns expressed by residents. The plan places additional emphasis on street needs including; street maintenance, new pavement, bike lanes, sidewalks and ADA accessibility which will all compliment the increase in transit services. PhoenixT2050 became effective in 2016 and it will triple the number of light rail miles in Phoenix by adding 42 miles of across the city, provide late night bus and Dial-a-Ride service citywide, and will directly and indirectly benefit every street in Phoenix. To ensure accountability, a 15-member Citizens Transportation Commission, representing various facets of the community oversees the development of the plan.