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Thu, Jul 9, 2015

105 Tons of Bottled Water Used in Testing

PHOENIX, AZ – How do you test a passenger vehicle without passengers? Fill it with 105 tons of bottled water. Valley Metro and Valley Transit Constructors (VTC), the contractor on the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension, loaded six light rail vehicles with 184,000 bottles of water as a way to simulate passengers on the nearly complete extension. At the completion of testing on Monday, the bottled water will be donated to United Food Bank in Mesa.

“The water will meet our needs for train testing and then help the need in the community,” said Chris Chaffee Valley Transit Constructors Project Manager, Southwest District. “During the hot summer months there is an increased demand for bottled water it the Valley. We hope the donation relieves some of the strain on the local food bank.”

train testing

train test water loading

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Eight light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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