Rail

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

MBTA needs $7.3B to repair rail system

The backlog could be wiped out by 2040 if the T spends $765 million annually on the maintenance backlog — rather than the current $610 million.

Siemens wins New York Communications-Based Train Control contract

The $156 million contract is to install the system on the Queens Boulevard Line, one of the busiest subway lines on the New York City Transit system.

Bike repair kiosks coming to select MARTA stations

MARTA partnered with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a bike advocacy and rider education organization, to initiate the campaign and identify locations for the repair kiosks.

Sacramento RT's Blue Line extension begins service

The expansion offers local commuters an alternative to congested Highway 99 and brings new transit service to the area’s major employers. It will also encourage new retail and residential development in specially zoned areas along the light rail line.

Ariz.'s Valley Metro extends rail line into Downtown Mesa

Seven months ahead of schedule and on budget, the additional 3.1-miles of service on Main Street between Sycamore Drive and Mesa Drive was greeted with big cheers from riders, business owners and local leaders.

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

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

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