Construction of light rail is back on the move in Phoenix, AZ with the re-launch of the Northwest extension along 19th Avenue from the current end-of-line north 3.2 miles to Dunlap Avenue.
METRO received regional approval today from the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) on the route and transit mode for the Phoenix West extension.
Valley Metro experienced a 5.1% increase in annual regional transit ridership over the same period one year ago, calculated annually from July 1 to June 30, at more than 71 million boardings. Light rail ridership was the highest recorded at more than 13.5 million annual boardings.
Metro received local and regional approval in 2009 to move forward with a 3.1-mile light rail extension in central Mesa on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive including four station locations and a park-and-ride facility.
Two separate boards of directors representing the regional bus and rail transit agencies have selected Stephen R. Banta to lead Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA) and METRO light rail as the single chief executive officer.
METRO light rail’s first extension into downtown Mesa will break ground in late spring 2012. In preparation, METRO invites the community to learn about the initial construction activities, progress of project design and business assistance programs that are available to neighboring businesses today.
The 3.1-mile light rail extension into downtown Mesa is recommended to receive an additional $20 million in federal fiscal year 2013 according to the President’s budget released yesterday. METRO has already received $35.5 million in federal fiscal year 2012 that is allowing the project to move ahead into utility relocation this spring.