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Downtown Phoenix's Central Avenue light rail hub near Van Buren Street soon could be named after former Phoenix Mayor and current U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, a longtime advocate for light rail in the Valley.

Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor Debra Stark and councilmembers Jim Waring and Carlos Galindo-Elvira wrote to City Manager Jeff Barton on Monday requesting the hub be named the "Greg Stanton Central Station."

The council leaders said it was a "fitting" name for the man whose leadership made Transportation 2050 possible. Transportation 2050 is the voter-approved tax that funds transit service in Phoenix. It was passed in 2015.

Stanton, who was mayor at the time and running for re-election, said it was critically needed to keep up with population growth and to promote Phoenix as a city that thinks ahead.

The hub, which includes two light rail stations and a bus depot, is part of a larger Central Station redevelopment project currently under construction. The project includes two residential towers and about 70,000 square feet of office space, as well as ground-floor commercial space for retail and restaurants throughout the development.

The council members' letter praised Stanton, a Democrat, for promoting the transit tax during his 2015 re-election year.

"It’s not typical for elected officials to push for a sales tax increase as they seek re-election, but voters said yes to both Stanton and his transportation agenda," the letter says.

The City Council was slated to vote on the proposal May 15.