December 21, 2021 Press Releases

All Aboard: Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Put Passenger Rail Back on Track in Arizona

PHOENIX — For years, the popularity of investing in Arizona’s passenger rail systems has been picking up steam as folks across the state clamor for serious investments in rail to give drivers a reliable alternative, lay hundreds of miles of railroad track, and better connect our state.

Despite Arizona Republicans’ efforts to block the passage of the historic infrastructure investment, President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will invest $66 billion in our nation’s passenger rail, improving the lives of Arizonans, creating good-paying jobs, and laying the foundation for America to compete in the 21st Century.

With $66 billion in passenger rail investments, Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:

  • Makes the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak;
  • Positions rail to play a central role in our transportation and economic future;
  • Brings world-class rail service to areas outside the northeast and mid-Atlantic, like right here in Arizona; and
  • Creates safe, efficient, and climate-friendly alternatives for moving people and freight.

In Arizona, this means a long-awaited, incredibly popular Phoenix-Tucson Amtrak line could be on the horizon:

  • KJZZ: Stanton urges Amtrak to deliver passenger service between Phoenix and Tucson
  • KTAR: Infrastructure bill could make Phoenix-to-Tucson passenger rail possible
  • CBS Tucson: Tucson to Phoenix Amtrak service may be on track
  • Arizona Republic: Take a train from Tucson to Phoenix and beyond? Arizona mayors drum up support to re-establish passenger rail