Transportation

Light rail construction the final straw for Azukar Coffee, the latest South Phoenix business to close

BY: - September 8, 2021

Azukar Coffee could have been a destination along the light rail extension that will eventually extend from downtown along Central Avenue into South Phoenix, ending at Baseline Road.  Instead, the coffee shop that showcased Mexican culture and the neighborhood’s entrepreneurial spirit joins nearly two dozen other businesses as a casualty of the light rail construction […]

Earmarks in U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B, including $92M for Arizona

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process.

Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

BY: and - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo. 

Drivers who bypass vehicles’ automatic safety features targeted in new bill

BY: - December 28, 2020

Drivers who use a “defeat device” to bypass a vehicle’s safety features on cars with automatic driving mechanisms, often referred to as “autopilot modes,” could face fines if a bill that has been revived from the last legislative session becomes law. Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has proposed legislation that would allow police to ticket […]

Report: Broad support in AZ for taxing wealthy to boost education spending

BY: - January 29, 2020

A new analysis of a nationwide survey of public opinion shows strong support in Arizona for a variety of progressive public policies, including taxing the rich and spending more on public education.

Ducey’s $12.3B budget seeks new K-12, public safety spending

BY: and - January 17, 2020

In the face of a nearly billion-dollar budget surplus, spending on Arizona students would return to 2001 levels in the coming year under the budget proposal that Gov. Doug Ducey released Friday, with projections to exceed the high-water mark of 2008 next year, when inflation is taken into account.

Arizona is projected to gain a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 15, 2020

Arizona is projected to gain a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show – a change that would increase the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to more money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care facilities.

COMMENTARY

Ducey’s bold plan for Arizona? A return to 2008 spending…eventually

BY: - January 15, 2020

We should realize the governor isn’t setting forth a bold, new vision for Arizona’s future, but rather placing us on a path to move back in time, specifically one more in line with the budget priorities of 2008, when a Democratic governor led the state.

Ducey wary about justice reform, sex ed changes; pledges new K-12 spending in 2020

BY: - January 11, 2020

If criminal justice reform advocates hope the 2020 legislative session will lead to more success than the disappointing 2019 session, they’ve got their work cut out for them, as Gov. Doug Ducey says the scope of reforms he’s open to are far more limited than what they’re seeking.

The challenges facing electric vehicles in Arizona

BY: - January 8, 2020

A newly released report by Pew Trusts found that Arizona ranks among the top 20 states for its number of charging stations for electric cars, but the state is still lagging on making infrastructure for them a priority.  

West Valley Loop 202 extension to open by end of year

BY: - December 18, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and a host of other elected officials and dignitaries gathered gathered to celebrate the completion of the final stretch of the Loop 202 freeway, which is slated to open sometime by the end of the year.

Sensors off, lack of programming, led to Uber self-driving car Tempe death, NTSB reports

BY: - November 6, 2019

Sensors being turned off, a lack of programming and a pedestrian not crossing in a crosswalk all contributed to the first automated vehicle death ever in Tempe, according to a new report released by the National Traffic Safety Board on Tuesday.  The NTSB report on the collision that killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg comes as investigators […]