Rail for Arizona

Two Amtrak trains serve Arizona: The Southwest Chief traverses Northern Arizona, serving Winslow, Flagstaff, Williams (where connections with Grand Canyon Railway are available), and Kingman. The Sunset Limited crosses Southern Arizona, serving Benson, Tucson, Maricopa, and Yuma. Arizona Shuttle provides frequent bus connections between Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff.

These types of rail systems exist, are planned, or should be built in Arizona:

  • Light Rail and Modern Streetcars in the metro Phoenix and Tucson areas;
  • Commuter Rail within the metro Phoenix and Tucson areas;
  • Regional Rail connecting metro areas throughout Arizona;
  • Intercity Rail connecting Arizona cities and towns with other States.

Close integration of rail systems with public transportation such as city bus systems is key.


Held Saturday, April 8, 2017


Speakers Included:

  • Jim Mathews - President/CEO - NARP
  • Scott Smith, CEO - Valley Metro
  • Eric Smith - Amtrak
  • State Senator Steve Farley
  • Chuck Mott - President - All Aboard Arizona.


Scott Smith's Valley Metro presentation


Eric Smith's Amtrak presentation


Topics Of Discussion Included:

  • Legislative Lobbying Strategies
  • Grass Roots Movement
  • Daily Sunset/Texas Eagle Service
  • Returning Sunset to Phoenix
  • Southwest Chief
  • Light Rail Expansion
  • Commuter Rail
  • New Phoenix-Tucson Frequent Service.


Would you like to be notified of future rail summits and other membership activities? Call Roger Clark at 308 379 8185 or email rogerclark68802@gmail.com.

Light Rail






Commuter Rail






Regional Rail






Intercity Rail






Bus Transit

Additional Resources

Please see Wikipedia as the most up-to-date source for:

Commuter Rail and Regional Rail Explained

Commuter and Regional Rail Operations in North America

A list of Arizona Railroads