PHOENIX — Campaigning over the future of mass rail transit in Phoenix heated up Tuesday over next week’s special election asking voters whether to halt all expansion of the light rail system in the nation’s fifth largest city.
Several dozen college students and recent graduates gathered briefly in the afternoon along the line downtown, waving signs that called for a “no” vote on the light rail measure. “Extend our rail and extend our future,” one sign said.
“It’s so much easier to take the light rail than the bus,” said Trinity Miracle, 18, a student at Arizona State University who has depended on the train since high school.
Shelley Jackson, 23, who recently graduated from ASU, said the planned extension of the rail into her old south Phoenix neighborhood would create educational and job opportunities for young people. Still, she acknowledged that “a lot of people do worry about gentrification.”