Tucson-Phoenix Passenger Train Project Details
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — If you’re interested in taking a passenger train to Phoenix, we have more details today on plans to get there.
Currently, passenger trains only pass through Tucson three times a week between California and Texas. The plan from Tucson to Phoenix calls for three trips per day.
Amtrak’s proposal is based on the idea that many people would like to avoid going up and down I-10 and let Amtrak give them a quick and convenient trip to Phoenix instead.
Amtrak says each of the three daily trips would take about two and a half hours, which is comparable to a car trip in typical traffic. Amtrak has not predicted what the fare might be.
The proposal foresees around two hundred thousand runners per year. It’s still well below the traffic on I-10. ADOT reports that the intersection of I-10 and Ina alone receives more than 95,000 rides per day.
But backers say that even if you don’t want to take the train, you might be happy to get on the right track with the economic boost they predict—about $77 million a year in development. along the road.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero likens it to more than $1 billion in private investment that has blossomed on less than four miles of Tucson’s streetcar track.
She says, “From a purely economic perspective, this new service will bring significant benefits across our region, with an economic impact of $1.9 billion in one-time investment.
KGUN9 viewers seemed to like the idea. On KGUN9’s 6pm newscast, our online poll showed 94% supported the train line, 5% opposed and 1% undecided.
On KGUN Facebook, many posters simply said, yes!
Others were more skeptical or mixed. Phil wrote: I love trains, but that makes no sense, I’m voting no.
Patricia said: “I have supported the plan for over 30 years. Let’s talk when it’s beyond the conversational stages.
It depends on planning and congressional money, probably more than a point a billion for stations and stations. From approval to first release, it could take around three years.