The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will continue to support new jobs in Arizona with an investment of more than $176 million for the state’s transit agencies this year alone, Rep. Greg Stanton said today. Nearly $100 million of those funds will support transit in the Valley.

“Investment in transit creates economic opportunity and good jobs,” Stanton said. “For too long, Arizona taxpayers weren’t getting their fair share—but with this investment, we’re helping cities like Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa build stronger communities that can better spur economic development.”

The funds will help transit agencies purchase new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs, modernize fleets, and transition to new technologies to improve air quality and lower carbon emissions. These upgrades support the expansion of U.S. manufacturing due to “Buy America” requirements that apply to steel, iron and other materials used in public transportation projects that receive federal assistance.

Stanton has been a stalwart advocate for public transit since his time as a member of Phoenix’s city council and then as mayor, when he led the charge to adopt Transportation 2050, one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country.  The bipartisan, voter-backed measure approved plans to extend Phoenix’s light rail system, expand bus service, and improve thousands of miles of roadways over the next 35 years. He has continued to work to secure federal funds and increased resources for Arizona transit agenccies as vice chair of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

The Federal Transit Authority’s FY22 full-year funding tables are available HERE.