Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Sinema and shaped by Kelly provides Arizona $176 million this year, including $99.6 million for Phoenix-Mesa Metro Area and $23 million for Tucson Metro Area
WASHINGTON – $176 million will be invested in Arizona public transit this year from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law led by Senator Kyrsten Sinema and shaped by Senator Mark Kelly.
Of the $176 million, $99.6 million will be delivered to the Phoenix-Mesa metro area and $23 million for Tucson metro area. This historic funding was made possible through Federal Transit Administration formula programs, which includes funding from both the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund and advance appropriations provided by the bipartisan infrastructure law.
“Our infrastructure law’s once-in-a-generation investments in public transit will fuel jobs and create economic opportunities in communities across Arizona by connecting Arizonans to jobs, schools, healthcare services, and more,” said Sinema, lead negotiator and co-author of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.
“The investments we secured will create good paying jobs, reduce traffic, and connect thousands of Arizonans to economic opportunities, which will lay the foundation we need to ensure Arizona remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Senator Kelly.
“Transit is about people connecting people and the landmark support of the Infrastructure Law and our key allies in DC and metro Phoenix will allow us to continue to provide critical mobility in this nation’s fastest growing county,” said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Valley Metro CEO. “Thank you to Senators Sinema and Kelly for being strong, powerful voices for public transportation and a sustainable Valley Metro and State of Arizona.”
Sinema led bipartisan Senate negotiations with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio that included Kelly and senators from both parties.
Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes the strongest investment ever in American public transit with $39.2 billion to expand transit systems, increase accessibility, and fund the nation’s transit system repair backlog, estimated at more than 24,000 buses; 5,000 rail cars; 200 stations; and thousands of miles of track, signals, and power systems—and the biggest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak.
The bipartisan infrastructure law was supported by groups including The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable, The National Association of Manufacturers, The AFL-CIO, The National Retail Federation, The Bipartisan Policy Center, North America’s Building Trades Unions, the Outdoor Industry Association, The American Hotel and Lodging Association, The National Education Association, as well as hundreds of mayors across all 50 states.