Sinema, Valley Metro Talk Arizona Public Transit Improvements

Feb 17, 2023

Last week, Sinema announced nearly $180 million from her infrastructure law to strengthen and expand Arizona public transit this year alone

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with Valley Metro CEO Jessica Mefford-Miller to hear firsthand about the public transit projects and improvements fueled by historic investments from the Senator’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law. 
Last week, Sinema announced that over $179 million was awarded to Arizona public transit in 2023 alone from her infrastructure law.
“I wrote our landmark infrastructure law with Arizona in mind, so I’m glad to hear about how our state continues to benefit from the historic investments we secured. I appreciate hearing from Valley Metro about how they’re using our investments to enhance and expand public transit options for everyday Arizonans,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law. 
During the meeting, Mefford-Miller thanked Sinema for securing additional funding for Phoenix’s South Central light rail extension project and for electric buses in the end-of-year bipartisan appropriations legislation on top of the landmark investments from her bipartisan infrastructure law.
The Senator also heard updates on Valley Metro’s Northwest Phase II light rail extension project, bus fleet transition, and work on the Capitol extension project – all of which are supported by investments from Sinema’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.
Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs 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, Arizona received $176 million in public transit funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law.