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Wed, Dec 2, 2015

Significant Step for South Central Project

PHOENIX, AZ – The South Central light rail extension has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) into the Project Development phase of their Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program. This marks the first step in receiving federal project approval under the CIG program and ultimately eligibility for federal construction funds. 

“This marks a significant milestone in our efforts to provide enhanced transit services to a community with high transit ridership and supports neighborhood revitalization and connectivity between northwest, downtown and south areas of Phoenix,” said Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Thelda Williams.

The Project Development phase is comprised of environmental analysis, preliminary engineering and documentation needed to advance the project to the next phase of the federal CIG program.

The proposed South Central Extension is a five mile corridor going south on Central Avenue from downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road.

The South Central Extension received federal recognition and funding in 2014 with a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the Department of Transportation (USDOT).  Matching funds from Phoenix provided funds to begin an Environmental Assessment, which is scheduled for submittal to the FTA in early 2016. In addition, the South Central Extension is one of seven projects identified by the USDOT as a participant of the LadderSTEP Pilot Program.

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

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