Judge: Phoenix light rail initiative can appear on ballot

April 13, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled that an initiative that aims to halt expansion of Phoenix’s light rail system can appear on a special election ballot in August.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens said Friday that a group called Building a Better Phoenix did not violate the law while gathering signatures.

The Arizona chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America in January filed a lawsuit saying the group didn’t meet requirements needed to place the initiative on the ballot. It said that signatures were collected incorrectly and initiative language was imprecise.

The contractors group can appeal.

A pro-rail group called Friends of Transit expressed disappointment at the judge’s ruling.

If voters approve the initiative, any planned rail extensions will be stopped and funds will go to other kinds of transportation projects.