[Source: Ron Sanzone, Arizona Republic] — Unless an appeal to get Proposition 203 on the ballot succeeds, light rail will lose a chance to win hundreds of millions of dollars for the system’s expansion. The Secretary of State’s office announced Monday that the Arizona measure to raise $42.6 billion in transportation funds through a 1 cent sales tax increase did not receive enough valid signatures to qualify for November’s ballot. Transportation and Infrastructure Moving Arizona’s Economy, the organization that wrote the TIME Act, as the initiative is also known, is expected to appeal the decision.
If the appeal succeeds and voters approve the new tax, Maricopa County would receive $600 million for what the Arizona Department of Transportation categorizes as “light rail, modern streetcar, and related high capacity transit.” According to TIME, up to $400 million of that money would go to expanding the Valley’s light rail system. However, ADOT says that it would decide along with Maricopa Association of Governments how to allocate the full $600 million that includes the light rail project in the county. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]