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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

New Station Coming to Valley Metro Rail

PHOENIX, AZ – Officials from the city of Phoenix and Valley Metro, alongside community representatives, gathered today to announce the first light rail project slated under Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050).

“The 50th Street Station is becoming a reality,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We asked Phoenix voters to make an investment in ourselves and our shared future and they responded overwhelmingly. This project will make them proud.”

The new 50th Street Station will serve local businesses and provide added convenience for riders who are traveling from across the Valley to access independent lifestyle resources for people with disabilities at Ability360. Ability360 was a catalyst in the development of the new station.

“It is a great day for people with disabilities,” said Ability360 President and CEO Phil Pangrazio. “This station is going to be so important for people with disabilities to get to the Ability360 center and access the one-of-a-kind resource.” Pangrazio also serves as a member of Phoenix’s Citizens Transportation Commission, providing program oversight and community focus for the T2050 plan.

50th Street Group Photo

Members of the community and design and construction teams celebrate the announcement of the new Valley Metro Rail station with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro RPTA Board Chair Thelda Williams, Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, CTC Chair Congressman Ed Pastor and CTC member and Ability360 President & CEO Phil Pangrazio.

The station will be a model of increased accessibility with design elements incorporated as a result of the PHX Innovation Games challenge. Station designer Gannett Fleming is working with Innovation Games winner, Dig Studio, on station access, aesthetics and station entry areas. Artist Barbara Grygutis will develop public art, working in partnership with the construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

“By advancing transit in the region we are building our future, creating greater regional access for all residents and supporting economic growth,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro RPTA Board Chair Thelda Williams.

The 50th Street Station is scheduled to break ground in spring 2017 and open in summer 2019.

About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan’s overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the city of Phoenix T2050 page or follow us on Twitter.

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 valleymetro.org.




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