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Plans in the works for fast trip between Phoenix and Tucson

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Hate traffic? You may like a proposed new passenger rail between Tucson and Phoenix. Hate traffic? You may like a proposed new passenger rail between Tucson and Phoenix.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Most people have had the frustrating experience of sitting in traffic. But the Arizona Department of Transportation is planning for the future, and looking into the possibility of building a passenger rail service between Phoenix and Tucson.

"We really want to start planning ahead," said Laura Douglas, a spokesperson for ADOT.

"As our state grows and becomes more populated, (and) as I-10 becomes more congested, we want to look at travel options between Phoenix and Tucson," she continued.

Right now, ADOT has only initiated a public comment study for the proposed railway. There are six different options for where the potential rail lines could be placed. A seventh option is for an express bus service between the two cities.

"This is a long process, and this is the first step," Douglas said.

However, Douglas said it's an important step. Estimates put the now two-hour drive to Tucson at five to six by 2050 because of the increase in population and congestion.

"Long range planning is important, it really allows us to look at what we're going to be doing several years into the future," Douglas said.

Most drivers CBS 5 spoke with said they are in favor of a passenger rail system from Phoenix to Tucson.

"It would be great," said driver Sarah King. "I think (the railway system would) save gas and save wear and tear on your car. The traffic is horrible on I-10," she continued.

There are no estimates on when the project could be built or how much it would cost. However, Douglas said it would likely cost millions, if not billions, to build.

The public comment study wraps up this December. If you would like to participate, click here.

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