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PHOENIX, AZ — Show your valid transit pass or METRO Max Rewards card to cash in on savings at businesses along the future light rail extension into downtown Mesa. METRO Max Rewards is a discount card program to provide increased visibility to those businesses that will experience light rail construction. It is one of several business assistance programs geared towards supporting the local business community through construction of the 3.1-mile light rail line, which is expected to commence in late May/early June.
Visit www.valleymetro.org/metromax to get started! It’s free to participate as a Central Mesa business owner and consumer. Thus far, nearly 100 businesses – restaurants, retail, salons, hotels, medical and automobile service providers, etc. – have signed up to offer discounts and other special rewards through the program. If you do not have a transit pass, the METRO Max Rewards card is available for print or download online.
“Small businesses are the key to a strong community. We moved our family-owned and operated business to Mesa in 2002 after 19 years of doing weddings and special events across metro Phoenix,” said Y-Knot Party & Rentals owner and the state’s only Master Wedding Vendor Sharon Olsen. “We are so excited about the future of Mesa and what light rail will bring to our community. We jumped at the chance to be more involved with the project and the METRO Max program offering a 10 percent discount.”
“The Mesa business community is strong and will only get stronger with the advancement of light rail,” said Mesa Councilman and METRO Board Vice Chairman Dennis Kavanaugh. “We all have to do our part to keep visiting and supporting the local business community and METRO Max is an easy, money-saving way to do that.”
The Central Mesa light rail extension will travel east on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive and includes four stations and a park-and-ride facility. A Design-Build team has been selected: Valley Transit Constructors, a Kiewit/Mass. Joint Venture. Construction is anticipated to begin in late May/early June with design also moving forward. The line is expected to open in late 2015, ahead of schedule. For more project information, visit www.valleymetro.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.