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Mon, Mar 28, 2011

Federal Transit Administration Officials Visit METRO Light Rail

PHOENIX, AZ — On Monday, March 28, the METRO light rail line was visited by the Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, Arizona Congressmen Ed Pastor and other members of the FTA executive team.  They toured the line, seeing ridership and new development spurred by the 20-mile light rail project that opened in December 2008.  They also learned about the 37 additional in extensions that will require federal support in order to build.

“Administrator Rogoff saw first-hand the popularity of our current line, which validated the support FTA provided to this project,” said METRO CEO Steve Banta.  “We are confident that this experience will prove positive for METRO when FTA reviews future applications.”

During their visit, Administrator Rogoff and group met with leadership from METRO light rail and the mayors and staff of the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, Arizona.  They rode the train and saw for themselves the diversity and sheer number of riders as well as the types of development taking shape along the line.

The 20-mile METRO system is seeing ridership increases year over year, now serving more than 40,000 riders each weekday.  Ridership records are on trend to be broken in 2011.  The line has also attracted $7 billion in public and private development since 2004.


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