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ADOT seeks public input on passenger rail line

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Three rail routes proposed by ADOT (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) Three rail routes proposed by ADOT (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on its feasibility study of a passenger rail line between Phoenix and Tucson.

Input is needed on the three proposed routes for the rail line, which were narrowed down to the following - Green Alternative - would run along I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson; Orange Alternative - would serve East Valley population center and share part of its alignment with the planned North/South Freeway Corridor; and the Yellow Alternative would serve the East Valley communities and share right of way with UPRR north of Eloy where appropriate.  Each of the three would run along I-10 south of Eloy.

According to an ADOT release the public may submit their comments via an online survey at www.azdot.gov/passengerrail.  Also on this site are maps of the three routes, a participation booklet and the complete list of events where ADOT will present this proposal.   The public may comment on this study until May 31.

ADOT's Passenger Rail Corridor Study is part of the department's long-range plan to determine what it will take to construct a rail line to link Phoenix and Tucson, while meeting demands for future growth and travel options along I-10, one of the busiest highway corridors in Arizona.

ADOT is working toward establishing one preferred rail corridor for further study. There is currently no construction schedule and no funding identified to build a rail system between Phoenix and Tucson. The final decision will be up to the public, policymakers and the federal government to decide if the project should move forward and how to generate the funding to pay for it. The study also still includes the no-build option.

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