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Arizona garners $179M in federal transit funds

Posted 2/2/23

An estimated $179 million will be invested in the states public transit from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.

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Arizona garners $179M in federal transit funds


An estimated $179 million will be invested in the states public transit from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.

Of this amount, $102.1 million will be delivered to the Phoenix-Mesa metro area and $23.6 million for the Tucson Metro area.

This  funding was allocated through Federal Transit Administration formula programs, which includes funding from both the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund and advance appropriations provided by the bipartisan infrastructure law.

This funding will support transit programs in urbanized and rural areas, grants for buses and bus facilities — including low- and no-emission buses — transit designed for seniors and people with disabilities, planning funds, and support to improve the condition of transit assets. 

“This critical funding from our infrastructure law will better connect Arizonans to their jobs, schools, health care services, and loved ones – fueling economic opportunities across our state, enhancing safety, and improving quality of life,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., lead negotiator and co-author of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.

“Arizonans deserve reliable public transit to get them from work, to school, to the doctor’s office and back to their families. The funding we secured will help the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas continue to operate the high-quality transit systems that many Arizonans rely upon, while also leaving our environment cleaner by polluting less. This is a win for everyone, and I’m looking forward to the positive impact this program will have on our communities,” said Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz.

Last year, Arizona received $176 million in public transit funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law.

Sinema and Kelly’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.