Valley Metro light rail extension gets FTA approval

Posted on November 27, 2013

Phoenix-based Valley Metro received the Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the 1.9-mile Gilbert Road light rail extension.

The approval comes following the submittal of the project’s Environmental Assessment, required to understand the extension’s effect on its neighboring environment and to continue to receive federal funds.

After more than a year of reviewing potential property, historic preservation, air quality, noise and vibration, hazardous material and other impact areas, the receipt of the FONSI indicates that no significant environmental effect would occur with the implementation of this project.

“As we continue to build our Valley’s total transit network, the Gilbert Road extension helps satisfy the growing demand for transit service in the East Valley,” said Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta. “With this approval, we can begin the important next steps of advancing into the design phase.”

The 1.9-mile Gilbert Rd. project will extend light rail beyond the Central Mesa extension on Main St. to Gilbert Rd. in Mesa by 2018. It consists of two stations and a park-and-ride on the southwest corner of Main St. and Gilbert Rd.

The preliminary engineering continues to identify proposed utility relocations, track and street logistics, and determining right-of-way and permanent easement needs. Construction for utility relocations is anticipated to begin in spring 2015 with operations beginning in 2018.

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

More News

Bombardier wins 2 North American rail control contracts

Bombardier Transportation already has a well-established rail signaling presence in the U.S. Its Centre of Competence for Automated People Mover systems in Pittsburgh is also home to its Rail Control Solutions Centre of Competence for radio-based train control solutions including the CITYFLO 650 CBTC technology.

Siemens awarded $112M Denver RTD light rail vehicle contract

The order for 29 vehicles further extends the 22-year relationship between Siemens and RTD and will bring the Siemens’ fleet operating on the RTD light rail system to over 200 vehicles

Daktronics announces $3.2M NYCT signage order

The multi-colored LED displays, part of the subway system’s Public Address Customer Information System, will feature next train arrival and destination information as well as graphical information. A text to speech function aids visually impaired transit riders with clear and easy to access messaging.

Chicago's Metra completes charging station installation

To further enhance the agency’s customer connectivity options, Metra will also be installing free Wi-Fi in the waiting areas of downtown stations within 45 days, and it recently announced plans to test Wi-Fi on 11 cars systemwide before January 2016.

MBTA to deploy GIRO's HASTUS-Rail software

Keolis selected HASTUS-Rail after receiving on-site demonstrations of the software handling various scenarios that showed significant efficiency gains, cost savings and flexibility to adapt to Keolis’ operations, including compliance with the FRA’s hours of service regulations, according to the company.

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 resource for managers of class 1-7 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