Valley Metro accelerates light rail extension by 7 years

Posted on September 11, 2012

Valley Metro’s (Metro) construction of light rail is back on the move in Phoenix, with the re-launch of the Northwest extension along 19th Ave. from the current end-of-line north 3.2 miles to Dunlap Avenue.  The project has received approval to accelerate the completion year from 2023 to 2016.  Final design is under way; construction will begin in early 2013.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says many in the city have been looking forward to the project beginning again. “Speaking on behalf of the residents and passengers, I know there is much anticipation to add light rail service to the highly-used bus service along this route. This project is an investment in the community I believe in and will prove to be a great benefit with its completion.”

The Northwest extension was initially set to open this year; however, in 2009, the economic downturn and decline in local sales tax revenue forced the project on hold. With its postponement, the project was pushed out to a 2023 completion year. The positive strides in the economy, expected boost from the building of this extension and local willpower have helped to advance it by seven years.

This project is one of six high-capacity/light rail extensions being planned for or in active construction in the metro Phoenix region. It will extend rail service farther north into Phoenix, capturing new riders, serving high-density neighborhoods and getting closer to the Interstate 17 freeway and its employment centers.

“It’s an exciting time as we further expand into Phoenix, providing our customers with greater access to transit and choice in how they travel,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “It is another step in building a multi-modal Total Transit Network that supports regional growth, mobility and quality of life.”

Metro is in process of re-energizing contracts with the Northwest extension designer, AECOM, and contractor, Sundt/Stacy Witbeck. AECOM will work through the spring to update and complete design; Sundt/Stacy Witbeck will break ground with utility relocation at the first of the year.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Bombardier to supply 4 more trams to Australia

The order is valued at approximately $18 million and is an exercise of an option included in a contract signed in 2011.

Texas' DCTA receives grant for A-Train Rail Trail

Once complete, the Lewisville Hike and Bike trail will run from DCTA’s Hebron Station all the way to the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station. Construction on the last portion of the Lewisville Hike and Bike trail is expected to begin in early 2016.

Metra prepares for winter weather with switch covers, heaters

Additionally, agency is continuing to repair and replace railcar doors that are prone to fail in winter conditions.

Alstom to supply Citadis trams to Lyon, France

The order, worth over $21 million, represents the exercise of an option on a contract signed in 2011.

XpressWest chosen to build Las Vegas-to-L.A. high-speed rail

The initial phase of the XpressWest project, which will link Las Vegas to Victorville, Calif., will cost $8 billion.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment



Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close