The Biden/Harris Administration has been good to Phoenix in the last week.

On Thursday, August 11, the city received $25 million in a R.A.I.S.E. ((Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build the Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, which will cross the riverbed in alignment with 3rd Street.”


The following day, the offices of Arizona Congressional House Representatives Ruben Gallego and Greg Stanton (a former Phoenix Mayor) announced that the fifth largest city in the nation will receive a $16,362,600 grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the City of Phoenix and Valley Metro to purchase battery-electric buses and construct charging infrastructure.”

Both Representatives had asked the FTA to fund this project last November.

These appropriations also come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a leader along with the other members of the Phoenix City Council in charting a cleaner-greener-solar/electric future for the city, including the acquisition of clean energy buses applauded the move, commenting on Representative Gallego’s press release:

“Phoenix is a leading city in electric vehicle adoption, with plans for over 280,000 electric vehicles on our road by 2030. This grant is adding to that success, increasing our ability to purchase vehicles and invest in needed infrastructure. A big thank you to Congressman Stanton and Gallego for their leadership and partnership in securing these funds.”

Later she posted on social media:

In their joint announcement, Representative Gallego offered:

“As the Valley continues to grow, it is vitally important residents have safe, reliable public transportation to get them where they need to be, With this grant funding, Valley Metro can continue its efforts in growing the City of Phoenix’s bus system while also lowering emissions—a win-win. This funding is possible thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and I look forward to seeing the buses hit the streets of Phoenix soon.”

Congressman Stanton wrote:

“Transitioning to electric buses will improve air quality, use less energy, and lower maintenance costs–keeping people and our economy moving while protecting our environment. And with a strong federal-local partnership, we’re making it happen.”