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Arizona transit projects face possible federal cuts

(File photo)

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Future Phoenix-area mass transit projects paid partially with federal dollars could be stopped in their tracks.

The Arizona Republic reports a Tempe streetcar line awaits a federal go-ahead and Mesa’s downtown light-rail proposal to run it deeper into the city has been cleared but is awaiting federal funding.

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has scrapped rules protecting transportation funds from being spent elsewhere. Any transit projects not covered by federal Highway Trust Fund dollars paid for with fuel and tire taxes could also be delayed.

A spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Transportation says uncertain transportation funds will likely push transit projects into the future.

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