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Fri, May 29, 2015

Central Mesa Extension Milestone Event

MESA, AZ – On Wednesday, June 3, Valley Metro will celebrate the fifth milestone for the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension. The historic event will mark the arrival of light rail trains to downtown Mesa and will include a major announcement.

“We are entering a final stage of this project,” said Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Board Rail Board Chair Dennis Kavanaugh. “This is an event we’ve been anticipating since breaking ground in May 2012. Having the trains travel farther into Mesa is an incredible moment for Mesa residents and local businesses.”

During testing, trains will be moving on Main Street from Sycamore Street to Mesa Drive. It allows for a full inspection of the system, including track and overhead wire, and operations staff training.

“A major component of system testing is safety. Testing and training will ensure the 3.1-mile extension is a safe and reliable addition to the entire transit network,” said Ray Abraham, Chief Operations Officer. “We ask that pedestrians and drivers use vigilance and obey all the traffic rules when near light rail.”

WHO: 
Valley Metro and City of Mesa

WHAT:  
A celebration to mark the arrival of light rail trains and a must-see surprise reveal. A commemorative pin, fifth in the series, will be available.

WHEN: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9 a.m.

WHERE:
Mesa City Hall Plaza, 20 E. Main Street

REMARKS:

Mesa Mayor John Giles
Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Chair Dennis Kavanaugh
Valley Metro Chief Operations Officer Ray Abraham

Safety Rules to Remember:
• Obey all traffic signals
• Cross at signalized intersections
• Never stop or park a vehicle on the tracks
• Never try to beat a train through an intersection
• Remember, it takes light rail trains longer to stop
• Light rail trains are quiet. Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horn

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 valleymetro.org.




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