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Mon, Nov 14, 2016

2016 Project of the Year Recipient

PHOENIX – On Nov. 10, Valley Metro and city of Phoenix received top honors for the Northwest light rail extension as the Southwest’s 2016 Best Airport/Transit Project of the Year by Engineering News-Record. The award is based upon the project’s construction quality, innovation and contribution to the community and design elements, including station art.

“This is well-deserved because the community has supported this transit project from its beginning,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Phoenix residents know that an investment in quality public transportation is an investment in their future. We’re building more than light rail tracks, we’re connecting communities to jobs, education, entertainment and opportunity while attracting new investment and bringing new customers for existing businesses.”

The 3.2-mile Northwest Extension opened to riders in March 2016 ahead of schedule and on budget with expanded service on 19th Avenue between Montebello and Dunlap avenues. It features three stations, public art installations and a park-and-ride. As a part of the project construction contractor, Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture, also replaced 50 miles of underground utilities and placed 33,800 feet of track.

“We are proud to have been involved in such a successful project,” said Erik Yingling, Stacy and Witbeck vice president and Northwest Extension project manager. “It took a team effort from beginning to end with Valley Metro, city of Phoenix, the design team, subcontractors, our highly skilled craft workers and the supportive 19th North community.”

The 19 North Alliance is a community collaboration formed to protect, promote and reimagine established neighborhoods along Valley Metro Rail’s newest extension.

“The Northwest Extension set the stage and momentum to attract new businesses and visitors,” said 19 North chair Shannon McBride. “It brought people together and ignited an effort to capitalize on the revitalization rail brings to the community.”

NWE Best Project of the Year
Representatives from Valley Metro, city of Phoenix, AECOM and Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture accept the Southwest’s 2016 Best Airport/Transit Project of the Year award for the Northwest light rail extension.

For a list of agency awards, click here.

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 Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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