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Thu, Sep 6, 2012

Public Meeting to Introduce Light Rail Extension to Gilbert Road

PHOENIX, AZ — METRO and the City of Mesa invite the community to attend a public meeting to learn about extending light rail on Main Street between Mesa Drive and Gilbert Road.  Attendees will be updated on the route alternatives under evaluation, view conceptual drawings and learn more about the federally-required Environmental Assessment (EA) process.  Project staff will be on-hand to provide information and collect comments.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
6 – 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Mesa Church of Christ – Fellowship Hall
1223 East Dana Avenue, southeast corner of Stapley Drive/Dana Avenue

In 2009, METRO, Mesa City Council and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) approved a locally preferred alternative to extend light rail five miles on Main Street from Sycamore to Gilbert Road in two phases. The first phase is the 3.1-mile Central Mesa light rail extension from Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive that is currently under construction.  The second phase to Gilbert Road is another 1.9 miles.  While unfunded at this time, the Gilbert Road extension continues to move through the planning process as future dollars are identified.

For additional information or to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Alex Albert at (602) 980-0913/TTY (602) 251-2039 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Also contact Alex to be added to the Gilbert Road email distribution list.

Additional information is available online at

About Valley Metro Rail (METRO) 

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 45,000 riders per weekday.  It is also planning for six extensions that will create a 57-mile system by 2032.

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