A more than $175 million streetcar project in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe will begin with the goal of adding three miles of track around downtown by 2020.
Construction along the route unveiled by Valley Metro last week will run from June to August, when tourism is lighter and fewer students are in the college town.
Most of the work will be on Mill and Ash avenues and will take place at night to minimize the impact on drivers, The Arizona Republic reported (http://bit.ly/2qiCTWJ)
The streetcar project will be different than the Phoenix metro area’s light rail system, which runs through Tempe. The streetcars are smaller, move slower and often share lanes with traffic.
Construction will move forward despite President Donald Trump‘s proposed budget, which would reduce federal funding for public transit projects.
Valley Metro officials are confident the project will be fully funded but will look into possible route changes or alternative funding sources if money becomes an issue, said Corinne Holliday, a spokeswoman for the transit system.
The construction on Mill Avenue will take place from June 1 through July 21, while work on Ash Avenue will run from July 24 to Aug. 11.