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Thu, Aug 18, 2016

50th St. Station Construction Manager Named

The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors unanimously approved Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. as the Construction Manager At-Risk (CMAR) for the new 50th Street light rail station. The project is made possible by Transportation 2050 and is the first capital element to be implemented by Phoenix’s voter-approved initiative.

Construction of the first new station along the existing system will serve the communities and future development near 50th Street and Washington. The $23 million station will provide access to the Ability 360 facility and the neighboring business community, as well as support transit-oriented development planned for the area. Ability 360 offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.

“Adding this light rail stop near Ability360 provides a place-making opportunity for a community that seriously benefits from public transit,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “We know that this stop will improve the transportation experience for individuals who use wheelchairs, white canes and other assistive devices, and will be inclusively designed with those residents in mind.”

“Without the support of Phoenix voters passing Phoenix Transportation 2050 we would not have been able to move forward with the design and construction of this very much needed station at 50th Street,” Stanton added.

Stacy and Witbeck, along with project partner Sundt, constructed a 10-mile segment of the original 20 miles of light rail that opened in 2008 and the 3.1-mile Northwest Phoenix Extension that opened earlier this year. Gannett Fleming, Inc. is actively working on station design along with landscape architecture and urban design firm, Dig Studio. Dig Studio won top honors at Mayor Stanton’s PHX Innovation Games series last year. Artist Barbara Grygutis, known for her work in transforming pedestrian and transportation environments, is selected as station artist.

“The disability community is extremely excited about the future light rail stop at 50th Street and Washington,” said Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO of Ability360. “Its presence will vastly improve access to the Ability360 Center and Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. The thousands of people with disabilities that come to the center each year will soon have convenient and easy access via the light rail system. We are thrilled about the positive impact this is going to make.”

Groundbreaking for the new station is anticipated in early 2017. It is scheduled to open for service in 2019. A special community kick-off celebration will be held in fall of 2016.

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 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 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 valleymetro.org.

About Transportation 2050:
In August 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 January 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.




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