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Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Groundbreaking on Extension to Gilbert Road

PHOENIX, AZ - On October 15, Valley Metro and the city of Mesa will host a community fall festival to mark the start of construction on the Gilbert Road light rail extension. The community is invited to join Mesa Mayor John Giles and councilmembers for the celebration, which includes an official kick-off of the project, as well as free, family-friendly activities, local food and musical entertainment.
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The 1.9-mile extension on Main Street stretches from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road and will initiate construction the week of October 17. It is slated to open in late 2018/early 2019.

Safety is a top priority for Valley Metro. Remember to stay alert and follow the posted traffic signals and signs during construction. For additional safety tips, visit

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

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