Arizona Communities to Benefit from Sinema’s Bipartisan Bill Increasing Public Transportation Funding

Oct 23, 2019

WASHINGTON – Arizona communities will receive increased funding for public transportation under a bill introduced today by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Sinema’s bipartisan Small Community Transit Improvement Act increases the amount of federal funding for public transportation.

“Investing in Arizona’s public transportation system will create jobs and expand opportunities for the city. I’ll keep partnering with Arizona communities to support critical infrastructure investments,” said Sinema.

The Small Transit Intensive Cities (STIC) program was created in 2005 and increases federal public transit funding for communities with highly-used public transit systems serving populations between 50,000 and 200,000. In 2019, Arizona communities received over $1.8 million from the STIC program.

Sinema has long championed infrastructure investment in Arizona. Earlier this year, Sinema introduced the bipartisan Moving FIRST Act, which enhances and modernizes the transportation systems of American cities by encouraging the use of innovative technology. Recently, Sinema requested, and helped secure, over $90 million in resources from the Department of Transportation for Arizona’s 1-17. Sinema also recently helped secure $75 million from the Federal Transit Administration for the Tempe Streetcar. While in the U.S. House, Sinema helped secure light rail extension in Mesa, AZ and wrote to the FTA in support of Phoenix South Central’s light rail extension project.