- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the government’s fiscal year 2017 budget includes $75 million for construction of the Tempe Streetcar Project.

The project is one of 31 transportation projects in 18 states recommended to receive a share of $3.5 billion in federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant Program.

The three-mile streetcar line will serve the historic downtown Tempe area, connecting the city’s government and financial center to Arizona State University and nearby residential neighborhoods.

The total cost of the streetcar system is expected to be $177 million.

The project will be funded using regional Proposition 400 funds and local funds as well as federal grant money.

Construction is slated to begin in 2017 with the streetcar system opening in 2019.



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