ADOT Studies PHX to Tucson Passenger Rail

Oct 13, 2013

Building on the success of the Valley Metro Light Rail system, the Arizona Department of Transportation is looking to lay more tracks in more places. The latest idea proposes an intercity passenger rail system between Phoenix and Tucson.

I think the idea of a passenger train between Phoenix and Tucson is a FANTASTIC idea. Have you ever made the drive between these two cities along Interstate 10? It is remarkably boring. I would love to just buy a ticket, close my eyes and take a rest, and wake up at my destination.

Of course, in the real world, building a 120-mile train system costs a lot of money to build and to operate. Who would put up the money to build this transportation system? It's too soon to say for sure. Currently, ADOT is just conducting a feasibility study to see if the whole thing is even possible.

ADOT officials are looking at three different routes which the proposed train might take. Below is a map showing the three "corridors" under consideration.

It is not yet known which route will be chosen or if the Phoenix to Tucson train will ever be built. Still, it is an interesting idea and one that I think deserves some serious thought.

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