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Sat, Nov 7, 2015

Progress on Northwest Phoenix LR Extension

PHOENIX, AZ – Today, residents from communities near 19th & Dunlap avenues gathered to celebrate the construction progress on the Northwest light rail extension at a station installation milestone, art celebration and fall festival.

“Major progress is being made on the three-mile extension,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Chair Thelda Williams. “With the project 90 percent complete, final touches are being made to the stations including landscaping and the addition of unique public art, which reflects the local community.”

Three additional miles of service are being added to Valley Metro Rail’s 23-mile system that connects Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.

“What we see as growth in downtown Phoenix because of light rail, we’d like to see in this neighborhood,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela. “Light rail will soon connect seven schools, churches, residential communities, restaurants and local storefronts.”

Local students inspired the art at the new Dunlap Avenue Park-and-Ride. “I met with dozens of students along the extension and asked them to re-imagine their schools in any way they wanted,” explained artist Matthew Salenger. “I chose the most common themes and incorporated them into the design of the nine yellow cones in the plaza.”

Two students from Richard E. Miller Elementary School were honored for their art that inspired the focal point at the Dunlap Park-and-Ride plaza.

Today’s celebration also included a turkey trot, face painting and a donation of non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. To view the video of the event, click here.
Milestone 4
(from left)
Phoenix Vice Mayor, Daniel Valenzuela
Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair, Thelda Williams
Matthew Salenger, local artist
Superintendent Dr. Paul Stanton, Washington Elementary School District

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

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