Light Rail (2000)

Phoenix Community Alliance took a leadership role in advocating for and influencing

the execution of the original 20-mile light rail line.

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Phoenix Community Alliance took a leadership role in advocating for and influencing the execution of the original 20-mile light rail line. Former PCA President Don Keuth served as vice chair on the original light rail steering committee overseeing adoption, funding and construction. PCA felt strongly about the need for more platforms in the downtown core and withheld its approval until those platforms were included. Additionally, PCA advocated for concrete to be used on the line. Keuth went “door to door” up Central Avenue to secure the additional funding necessary to pay for concrete. Today, light rail has expanded to 26 miles with new lines coming soon, the first connecting Baseline Road to downtown.