PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Some Arizona mayors are in support of Amtrak building a new passenger rail line service between Tucson and Phoenix, making it easier to Arizonans to travel back and forth. The new service would help build up the economy through the region, increase travel options, and help to reduce the carbon footprint.
A letter was sent to Arizona Congressional Delegates, including Kyrsten Sinema, Raul M Grijalva, Andy Biggs, Ruben Gallego, Mark Kelly, Debbie Lesko, Greg Stanton, and more. Along with Romero, mayors from Phoenix, Goodyear, Mesa, Glendale, Avondale, Chandler, Oro Valley, South Tucson, Marana, and Sahuarita signed the letter.
"We have not had passenger rail service between Tucson and Phoenix since the mid-90s. This new service will yield important economic benefits throughout the region, increase travel options for millions of Arizonans, and help us reduce our carbon footprint," says Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. She says the funding for this project is part of the proposed bi-partisan infrastructure bill that will allow Arizona to have a rail service like other states.
The trip between Phoenix to Tucson, according to Amtrak, would be about 2.5 hours. Between Tucson-Phoenix-Buckeye, there would be three daily trips offered and the service alone would create $77.7 million a year, along with $1.9 billion in economic activity. In addition to Tucson and Phoenix, the Amtrak service will create a direct connection between Los Angeles and Tucson. A trip between Los Angeles and Phoenix would be about 7.43 hours. Los Angeles to Tucson would be about ten hours.
"This new corridor links the rapidly growing Phoenix and Tucson areas with daily multi-frequency service between downtown Tucson through Phoenix to the western suburb of Buckeye. It also links Phoenix and Tucson to Los Angeles with increased daily service. Visit the Amtrak Connects US website for more details on Amtrak's vision to improve transportation across America," according to Amtrak.
New proposed stations include - Tucson, Marana, Coolidge, Queen Creek, Tempe, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix Downtown, Goodyear-Avondale, and Buckeye. More details and information can be found on Amtrak's website here.