Valley Metro secures RAISE grant for Rio East-Dobson Streetcar Extension Study

Valley Metro secures RAISE grant for Rio East-Dobson Streetcar Extension Study Image credit: Valley Metro

 Valley Metro has secured a $15.9 million federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant to advance the Rio East-Dobson Streetcar Extension (REDE) Study. 

The project aims to expand the existing 3-mile Valley Metro Streetcar by an additional 4.35 miles, from Tempe into west Mesa. The funding will help propel the project into the engineering and environmental phases. 

The planning efforts will help increase mobility and connectivity benefits that are not available with the current bus service, including: more reliable service due to the presence of a dedicated guideway; higher capacity service; a smoother ride; direct connections; and greater visibility of service due to the presence of both the tracks and the streetcar vehicles.

The project aligns with the goals of the Climate Action Plans for the cities of Tempe and Mesa by improving the tree canopy along the corridor to reduce the urban heat island effect.

Source: Valley Metro