"More roads aren't the solution to our transportation problems -- they just invite more cars. Instead, Phoenix needs a smart-growth plan grounded in a robust public transportation system -- from bikes to buses to light rail."
As one of America's fastest growing cities, Phoenix knows a thing or two about traffic. Yet the community is home to one of the premier light-rail systems in the country, carrying more than 40,000 riders each weekday, plus a strong bus system. Sinema worked to support the new light-rail system and the expansions of public buses, walkways and bike paths that accompanied it. Smarter growth and development plans that encourage density instead of continued expansion can help create jobs by revitalizing and redeveloping downtown areas (CD 9 has three: Tempe, Chandler and Mesa) and cut down on traffic.
In addition, Sinema supports increasing fuel economy standards for vehicles sold in the United States. Improved fuel economy will not only reduce pollution, but also save middle-class families hundreds of dollars a year in fuel costs. And Sinema believes we also need more programs to encourage alternative fuels for vehicles and clean energy sources for electric cars -- that's why she has driven a hybrid car for years.
Sinema will continue to encourage the development of public transportation, an important issue for CD9, which has many miles of the Phoenix area's METRO light-rail system. In Arizona, we need more access to public transportation, which will make driving on the roads safer and easier, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.