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The Arizona Republic
Michelle Ye Hee Lee

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Arizonans increasingly are moving away from driving and seeking alternatives, said Serena Unrein, public interest advocate at the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG. An option such as the Phoenix-Tucson passenger rail could be an important resource for Arizonans looking for alternative travel methods, she said.

"We've talked about connecting Phoenix and Tucson with passenger rail for decades in Arizona, and this is a key opportunity for the public to weigh in and express their opinion about passenger rail," Unrein said.

"If Arizona wants to be economically competitive, the state really needs to connect its two major cities and job centers with passenger rail," Unrein said. "We can't continue to rely on the I-10 alone to get people and goods across the state."

Arizona PIRG recommended ADOT complete the Passenger Rail Corridor Study as quickly as possible and begin construction.

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