This may be the most important city council meeting of 2015. ~Currently, Phoenix's transit system is primarily funded with a sales tax (called "Transit 2000") that expires in 2020. If it is allowed to expire, then light rail and bus service will be cut in half. ~We also don't have funding for the LRT extensions that both South and West Phoenix need. ~We also don't have funding for the bicycle infrastructure laid out in our recent Bicycle Master Plan. All of this puts Phoenix at a significant disadvantage to other cities that are building new transit & bicycling infrastructure as we speak. These transportation investments are needed to secure Phoenix's future. To solve these problems, a long process of outreach, committees, and policy work has resulted in a proposal for a replacement transportation tax (called "T2020") that will last until 2050. Here's the best article we've seen about the new proposal: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/02/07/light-rail-streetcar-focus-proposed-city-sales-tax/22988689/ And on Tuesday 3/3, in City Council Chambers @ 2:30pm, the city council will vote on whether to add this to the next ballot for the voters. This is critical for Phoenix. We need to improve our transit network very badly to keep up with other cities. We need T2020 to pass. And so we need to show up to City Council Chambers on Tuesday and voice our support.
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