Our Future Is on the Line

LISC is using transit and equitable transit oriented development (TOD) as a platform for community development in metro Phoenix. Our 2013-2016 strategic plan, Our Future is on the Line, recognizes the opportunities for sustainable and equitable development created by the launch of the light rail system in our region. 

With the opening of our first light rail line in late 2008, transit became a new vehicle for transforming communities along the light rail corridor, with the potential to provide low-income people with access to opportunity by linking transportation, housing, jobs and economic development.

The 20 mile segment of our light rail corridor, together with the planned extensions, is the obvious choice to implement a Building Sustainable Communities model that works for a post-war, auto-dependent, sprawling metropolis that is emerging from the ashes of economic crisis and looking to its next growth phase.

CEO Maurice Jones Lays Out “Audacious Goals” for LISC

In a speech before hundreds of community development partners, philanthropic and corporate leaders and policymakers, LISC’s CEO Maurice Jones called for a focus on living-wage jobs to help improve the lives of low-income families. This is a time to forge more partnerships and ramp up expectations for our work and the communities we serve, he said. Read More...

Ford Foundation workshop helps South Phoenix communities prepare for light rail

A $700 million transportation infrastructure investment is heading toward south Phoenix by way of a light rail system extension. It’s coming sooner rather than later — or never, which was its fate at one point in the regional transit plan.

Valley Metro’s 5.5-mile South Central Extension is a huge win for an area with residents who are heavily dependent on transit. However, one of the biggest challenges with the extension is ensuring South Central corridor neighborhoods don’t lose. Or disappear. Read More...