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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.

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