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Mon, Dec 7, 2015

Northwest Extension Marks Arrival of Trains

PHOENIX, AZ – Travel along 19th Avenue, north of Bethany Home Road, and you’ll see Valley Metro Rail conducting tests preparing for the opening of the next extension. On Thursday, December 10, Valley Metro will mark the arrival of trains with a milestone event, which will include an opening date announcement.

“It’s exciting to see the trains moving farther north on 19th Avenue getting ready to connect to new businesses, schools and neighborhoods,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Thelda Williams. “Testing of the system is a critical next step before service begins in 2016.”

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The 3.2-mile project extends light rail north on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue and includes light rail stations at Glendale, Northern and Dunlap avenues.

“This is a transformative milestone for the entire community and the region as Valley Metro Rail adds three new miles of service,” said Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela. “Light rail has a proven track record of attracting and generating positive economic impact. Public transportation is a vital resource for our residents and provides connectivity to our small businesses, educational institutions and many important destinations. The Northwest Extension is a positive step in expanding our system.”

WHO: 
       
Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix

WHAT:       
Celebrates the arrival of Valley Metro Rail. Opening date announcement by Mayor Stanton. A commemorative magnet, fourth in the series, will be available.

WHEN:       
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:     
19th Avenue and Glendale Avenue
(southwest lot across from Valley Metro Rail station)

REMARKS:   
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela
Valley Metro Safety and Security Director Adrian Ruiz

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 valleymetro.org.
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