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Sinema Cuts through Red Tape, Helps Save Taxpayers Millions

Arizona taxpayers were saved millions of dollars and potentially months of delays thanks to an effort led by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09). Sinema, joined by a bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers, urged Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao to clear crucial regulatory hurdles for the Tempe Streetcar. DOT issued the necessary approvals for the project to move forward after Sinema and her colleagues made their request.

“Arizonans know we can’t let Washington dysfunction stand in the way of progress for our state,” said Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema.“The City of Tempe and Valley Metro have done their part to keep the Tempe Streetcar on time and on budget. Now Washington needs to step out of the way and let the project continue. We’re proud to help secure this win for Arizona taxpayers and we’ll keep working to support smart, efficient, and fiscally responsible infrastructure in every Arizona community.”

“We sincerely appreciate the support of the delegation and specifically Rep. Sinema’s leadership in demonstrating the regional benefits of the Tempe Streetcar project, which will be constructed in her district,”
said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.“This significant milestone means the project can continue forward, on schedule and on budget, furthering our commitment to creating a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system and improving quality of life in Tempe and throughout the region.”

“Valley Metro thanks our Congressional delegation for their support in moving Tempe Streetcar forward in the federal process,” said Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith. “We are especially grateful for Congresswoman Sinema’s ongoing support and leadership in DC as we work together to build projects that connect communities and drive economic development across the Valley.”

Valley Metro estimates that if the DOT approvals were not received in a timely manner, the budget for the streetcar project would rise by $10-$15 million dollars, threatening the program and raising costs on Arizona taxpayers.

Sinema’s request was joined by Congressmen Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), and Ruben Gallego (AZ-07).

Read a copy of the letter here.

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