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The Northeast extension will travel generally along the SR-51 corridor north to Paradise Valley Mall area and is scheduled to open in 2030.
Planning for METRO extensions begins nine to 10 years prior to the opening date.
When Valley voters approved Proposition 400 in November 2004, they approved an additional 27 miles of extensions. These 27 miles along with 10 miles of previously-approved extensions at the local level, will result in a total of 57 miles of light rail by 2031. see map
The corridors for the extensions are part of a regionally-approved transportation plan that includes the federal, regional and local funding necessary to construct them.
Any additional extensions, or any changes to the extensions already included in the Regional Transportation Plan must go through a process outlined in state statute (ARS 28-6353) .
The process calls for proposals to be considered by local, county, regional and state agencies and will include representation from elected officials, business interests and citizen groups. Any changes to the Regional Transportation Plan must also be approved by the Maricopa Association of Governments.