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The Phoenix West extension will travel westbound from the METRO starter line in downtown Phoenix to the 79th Avenue park-and-ride area (to see larger map, click here or on map below). Planning is underway and the extension is scheduled to open in 2021.
The purpose of the Phoenix West AA/EIS project is:
To provide a dependable and efficient high capacity transit option between central Phoenix and the West Valley and outlying communities in support of regional plans and policies contained in the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Transportation Plan.
The Phoenix West AA/EIS study will recommend a high capacity transit alternative that addresses regional growth, increased congestion, changes in land use, lack of access to local destinations, inadequate transit service, and regional planning goals. The selected alternative would:
• Provide improved travel capacity during morning and evening rush hours;
• Support regional transit systems connectivity;
• Improve access to local destinations;
• Implement a cost-effective transit option; and
• Reinforce economic development opportunities in the Downtown Phoenix and State Capitol areas.
METRO considered three separate high capacity transit modes for the Phoenix West Corridor; 1) Expanding Bus Rapid Transit service in HOV lanes shared with buses, carpoolers, vanpoolers, and permitted fuel-efficient vehicles, 2) Creating a separate guideway that would be exclusively reserved for Bus Rapid Transit, and 3) Light Rail Transit.
Throughout the study process METRO and the City of Phoenix will continue to solicit community input as the project is further defined to identify a recommendation on transit type and route. Please check back with this webpage for meeting dates, online comment form and updated materials.