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PHOENIX, AZ — METRO light rail’s first extension into downtown Mesa will break ground in late spring 2012. In preparation, METRO invites the community to learn about the initial construction activities, progress of project design and business assistance programs that are available to neighboring businesses today.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
6 – 8 p.m.; presentation begins at 6:20 p.m.
East Valley Institute of Technology, Main Auditorium
1601 W. Main St., Mesa
The first phase of construction is utility relocation. Relocation is necessary to maintain access to these underground utilities with the addition of the future, center-running track. Design is also underway and will be completed, in order to further advance construction, in 2013.
The 3.1-mile Central Mesa extension will travel east on Main Street from the current end-of-line at Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive. It will consist of four stations and a park-and-ride lot. The project will be built using a mix of regional Proposition 400 funds and federal grant dollars by late 2015/early 2016.
Central Mesa project information is available online at www.metrolightrail.org/centralmesa.
METRO is responsible for the development and operation of the region’s high-capacity transit system. The first 20-mile light rail line opened December 2008 and served 13.2 million riders in 2011, exceeding the prior year by four percent. METRO serves an average of 40,000 riders per weekday. It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2031.