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Mon, Nov 2, 2015

Meet the Team on the Gilbert Road Extension

Phoenix, AZ – The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors approved a contract with Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt to begin the pre-construction phase of the Gilbert Road Extension.

“We look forward to building the next segment of light rail with Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt and Jacobs Engineering,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Both firms have a strong track record building light rail in the Valley as part of the team that constructed the original 20 miles.” The Valley Metro Rail Board also authorized a contract in August with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. for Gilbert Road design services at $7 million.

The project will expand light rail nearly two miles on Main Street from Mesa Drive east to Gilbert Road and includes two light rail stations, a transit center and park-and-ride.

“The Gilbert Road Extension is an important link that will connect our neighborhoods to downtown Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “The East Valley has embraced the growth of light rail as a transportation option along with the economic development revival that comes with this type of investment.”

The Board also approved contracts to the following station artists:
• Hans Van Meeuwen, Stapley Drive Station  
• Behar & Marquardt, Gilbert Road Station    
• Matt & Maria Salenger, Gilbert Road Park-and-Ride
• John Randall Nelson, Traction Power Substation    

The public is invited to learn more about the project and members of the project team at an open house. 

Meet & Greet Open House
Tuesday, November 3
6 – 8 p.m.
El Rancho Del Arte Gallery
719 E. Main Street, Mesa
• Meet the contractors: Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt and Jacobs Engineering
• View initial project design and roadway concepts
• Meet the artists

Valley Metro’s project team will also be available for questions about the Gilbert Road Extension. To find out more or make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Rob Antoniak at 602.495.8209 or rantoniak@valleymetro.org.

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 23 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2015, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. Six 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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