One of Rep. Greg Stanton’s long-time priorities—the South Central Light Rail in Phoenix—received a major federal investment today. The Federal Transit Administration announced it will allocate $100 million in FY2019 Capital Investment Grant Funding to Valley Metro for the South Central extension.

“This federal investment will be critical to light rail’s future in South Phoenix,” said Stanton. “We’ve long fought for this project, which is going to connect the community to new economic opportunities—connect them to jobs, education, health care, social services and more. It’s a great day for South Central Phoenix.”

Stanton is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees federal transit programs including the Capital Investment Grant.

Before his time in Congress, Stanton was a fierce advocate for public transit and led one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country—a bipartisan, voter-backed plan to extend Phoenix’s light rail system, expand bus service, and improve thousands of miles of roadways over the next 35 years.

The project is a 5.5-mile light rail extension from downtown Phoenix to the South Mountain Village Core and includes nine stations.

More details on South Central Light Rail Extension Project can be found here: