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Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Central Mesa Light Rail Extension Celebration

MESA, AZ –  For the first time, community members and dignitaries, including Mesa Mayor John Giles, the Federal Transit Administration and elected officials from Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix and Maricopa County walked across the Mesa Dr./Main St. station platform.

The station art illustrates a mother and father reading to their children, representing the gift of storytelling as it’s passed down from one generation to the next.

CME Milestone resized

Local and federal elected officials pose in front of the Mesa Dr./Main St. station, with Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Dennis Kavanaugh holding the Central Mesa Light Rail commemorative pin, fourth in the series.

In the photo:
Front Row Left to Right:
Valley Metro CEO Steve Banta
Mesa Deputy City Manager Kari Kent
Mesa Councilmember Chris Glover
Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Dennis Kavanaugh
FTA Regional Administrator Leslie Rogers
Station Artist Mary Lucking

Back Row:
Mesa Mayor John Giles

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. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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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