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Valley Metro to break ground on Tempe Streetcar in June
Valley Metro early next month plans to break ground on the Tempe Streetcar, the agency announced late last week.
The announcement follows news that Valley Metro will receive $50 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Capital Investment Grants program, which was included in the fiscal-year 2017 federal spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday.
The federal funding marks a "significant step for the project," Valley Metro Rail Chair Mark Mitchell said in a press release.
"Tempe Streetcar is a valuable investment for our community and the region as it serves future rider demand, spurs revitalization and boosts job growth," Mitchell said.
The 3-mile streetcar line is expected to cost $186 million and will be funded by local and federal grant dollars.
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