Sinema Details How Infrastructure Law Funding Strengthens Flagstaff Public Transit

Aug 10, 2023

Sinema recently announced more than $16.3 million in funding for low or no emission Mountain Line buses – expanding economic opportunities, boosting public transportation, and keeping communities healthy

FLAGSTAFF – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema held a meeting with Coconino County local leaders to discuss how recently-announced investments in Flagtaff’s Mountain Line strengthen public transportation across the region. The funds – which Sinema secured through her bipartisan infrastructure law – expand economic opportunities, boost public transportation options, and keep communities healthy by investing in low or no emission buses and constructing a new maintenance facility.

“Historic investments from our bipartisan infrastructure law continue to flow to all corners of our state. The critical funds we secured for Flagstaff’s Mountain Line buses better connect communities, support strong careers, and ensure Arizona remains a safe and stunning place to call home,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure law.

During the roundtable discussion, Sinema received an update from local leaders about how the funding she delivered strengthens public transit and safety in the region.

In June, Sinema announced over $51.1 million in funding for low or no emission buses across Arizona including more than $16.3 million for Flagstaff’s Mountain Line. Sinema’s law provides $5.5 billion through Fiscal Year 2026 for the Low-No Program – more than six times greater than the previous five years of funding.

Last year, Sinema announced a historic $32,460,000 for Flagstaff transportation and pedestrian safety infrastructure from the infrastructure law. The grant award delivers pedestrian safety improvements, supports roadway expansions, and improves public transportation infrastructure, as well as enables critical enhancements to freight and passenger rail infrastructure.

Sinema’s bipartisan infrastructure law 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. Last year, the bipartisan infrastructure law delivered $176 million for Arizona public transportation.

Participants in Sinema’s roundtable included Flagstaff Mayor Becky Daggett, Flagstaff Vice Mayor Austin Aslan, Mountain Line CEO Heather Dalmolin, Metro Plan Executive Director Kate Morley, Flagstaff City Manager Greg Clifton, Coconino County Deputy County Manager Andy Bertelsen, City Councilmember Miranda Sweet, County Supervisor Patrice Horstman, County Supervisor Jeronimo Vasquez, and Coconino Community College President Dr. Eric Heiser.