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Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Artists for South Central Extension Selected

PHOENIX – The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors approved contracts with 14 artists for public art elements on the South Central Extension. Many of the artists are from the metro Phoenix area:

  • Adam Vigil, Phoenix
  • Blessing Hancock, Tucson
  • Diego Perez, Phoenix
  • Fortoul Brothers, Phoenix
  • George Bates, Brooklyn, NY
  • Hugo Medina, Phoenix
  • Isaac Caruso, Phoenix
  • Javier Cordova, Phoenix
  • Mark Reigelman, Brooklyn, NY
  • Martin Moreno & Emily Costello, Phoenix
  • Therosia Reynolds, Phoenix
  • Thomas Marcus, Scottsdale
  • Priscila De Carvalho, Long Island, NY
  • Zarco Guerrero, Mesa

The artists will work alongside Valley Metro, the city of Phoenix and the community to integrate art along the South Central Extension that captures the history and culture of local neighborhoods. The art will be featured at stations and power facilities along the five-mile extension on Central Avenue between downtown Phoenix and Baseline Road.

In January 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved acceleration of the South Central Extension along with other segments of the future high-capacity/light rail transit system in the Regional Transportation Plan. With passage of Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters, the South Central Extension will open in 2023 rather than 2034. To learn more about the project, visit

About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan’s overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix T2050 page or follow us on Twitter.

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 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2017, total ridership for the system was 66 million passengers. Seven high capacity 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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