Studies and Programs

Passenger Rail Study: Tucson to Phoenix

ADOT’s Passenger Rail Corridor Study Draft Tier 1 EIS

During the five years of this study, the Arizona Department of Transportation has been working closely with the Federal Railroad Administration and other federal agencies, as well as local governments and planning organizations in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties to determine which routes will move forward for further study. To support that effort, a Draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared. The decision to pursue the alternatives in the Draft Tier 1 EIS came not only from technical evaluations, but was also largely based on public and agency input. During the study, more than 10,000 people across Arizona have completed surveys to weigh in with their ideas of which routes best served their communities.

The proposed passenger rail line will be designed as a blended service: An express service would have few stops between Tucson and Phoenix, and a local service would stop at several communities along the way.

There is currently no construction schedule and no funding identified for a project to build a rail system between Tucson and Phoenix. It will be up to the public and policymakers to decide if the project is feasible and how to generate the funding to pay for the project.

The next step is a Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement. ADOT continues to work with the Federal Railroad Administration on this phase. The Record of Decision is expected to be complete and signed in Fall 2016.

Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at 602.712.8946 or at [email protected]. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles al 602.712.8946 o en [email protected]. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.