Tucson, Phoenix mayors lead effort to connect cities with Amtrak passenger rail service

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Tucson, Phoenix mayors lead effort to connect cities with Amtrak passenger rail service

TUCSON, Arizona (KOLD News 13) – Several Arizona mayors, led by Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, are asking the Arizona Congressional Delegation to allow Amtrak’s proposed expansion of frequent and reliable rail passenger transport support service that would connect Tucson and the Phoenix area with three round-trip trips a day. A daily service to Los Angeles would also be possible. “This new service will bring important economic benefits across the region, increase travel opportunities for millions of Arizonans, and help us reduce our carbon footprint,” said Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. “Importantly, rail passenger funding is included in the proposed bipartisan infrastructure bill that will help Arizona catch up with other states on rail passenger availability.” The vision of Amtrak, known as Amtrak Connects US, sees a new one improved passenger service in key corridors across the country, including a new service line between Tucson and Phoenix. Amtrak estimates that this would have an economic impact of $ 1.9 billion through one-time capital investments and an annual impact of $ 77.7 million. There has been no rail passenger service between Tucson and Phoenix since the mid-1990s. To fund Amtrak’s plan, the bipartisan infrastructure plan provides $ 66 billion for passenger and freight transport. This would be the largest federal investment in rail passenger transport since Amtrak was founded. The final route and a list of stops are still to be determined. More information is available at www.AmtrakConnectsUS.com and more detailed route information can be found here. Copyright 2021 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.

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