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Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Milestone Event on Central Mesa Light Rail Extension

Valley Metro is pleased to announce that the next steps for installing rail on the Central Mesa light rail extension will begin soon. This is an important milestone, marking the construction half-way point.

“The light rail extension through downtown Mesa is a game changer for our community,” Mayor Scott Smith said. “The welding of this first piece of rail is the next step in our downtown’s transformation to the more urban lifestyle our residents seek.”

A community celebration, with an official rail welding ceremony, will take place on Saturday, February 8.

“It is a significant milestone to weld the first stick of rail in the guideway,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “I’d like to recognize the cooperative efforts of the community, local businesses, the city of Mesa and our construction partners. This is a time to celebrate our continued effort to expand the total transit network.”


WHO: Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Valley Metro, Valley Transit Constructors (VTC), and East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)

WHAT: A celebration to mark the beginning of rail welding on Main Street. Includes remarks by Mayor Smith, a welding ceremony, free breakfast, and family activities. A commemorative pin, third in the series, will be available for collectors.

WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 8 – 10 a.m. (ceremony at 9 a.m.)

WHERE: Southwest Corner of Main Street and Alma School, west side of parking lot in front of Standard Restaurant Equipment Co

VISUALS: Ceremony/remarks, rail weld (media will have special access for filming purposes) 

The Central Mesa extension will extend light rail eastbound 3.1 miles on Main from Sycamore Street to Mesa Drive. It is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016. For more information, visit For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Rob Antoniak, Community Outreach Coordinator, at To receive information in alternative formats, call 602-262-7433 / TTY 602-251-2039.

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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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