by Carolyn Kramer, manager, Transportation Investment Advocacy Center

Phoenix voters appear to have comfortably approved a $31.5 billion funding plan for roads and public transit.

Most of the money comes through extending and increasing the city’s transportation sales tax from 0.4 percent to 0.7 percent over the next 35 years. The current tax, approved by 65 percent of Phoenix voters in 2000, was set to expire in 2020.

MovePHX, the campaign supporting the Proposition 104 measure, says the funding will provide 680 miles of new asphalt, 1,080 miles of new bike lanes, and $240 million in funding for the maintenance and modernization of the city’s roads and bridges. Proposition 104 would also triple the number of light rail miles and expand and improve bus routes and frequency.

Unofficial results released Aug. 26 show Proposition 104 with nearly 55 percent support to 45 percent opposition. Final results are expected Aug. 28.

MovePHX was strongly supported by Mayor Greg Stanton (D), who won re-election with 65 percent support, according to the preliminary results. “Every community will see significant improvements to its roads and bus services,” he says in statement on the MovePHX website.