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Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Tempe Streetcar Enters Design Phase

PHOENIX – On Dec. 12, the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors approved a contract with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for Tempe Streetcar design services.

“Stantec brings tremendous experience and talent to our project, designing streetcar projects across the country,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Mark Mitchell. “Stantec also understands our region, having worked on the design of Valley Metro Rail. I’m confident they will ensure that the Tempe Streetcar serves the community’s needs, and we will work together with them to get input from our community throughout the design process.”

The three-mile Tempe Streetcar design should be complete in 2017 with construction beginning later in the year. Opening of Tempe Streetcar is anticipated in 2020.

“As lead designer, we look forward to working alongside Valley Metro, the city of Tempe, project artists and construction contractor,” said Stantec project manager Tom Wolf. “Together, we’ll find the best way to efficiently design and construct the first modern streetcar in the region, a vital extension of the Valley’s transit system.”

Stantec was involved in the design of the first 20 miles of Valley Metro Rail that opened in 2008, as well as design of the extensions in downtown Mesa and northwest Phoenix.

The Board also approved artist contracts for public art elements that will be incorporated into each of the 14 streetcar stops. The art program is delineated by the following zones to capture the essence of each neighborhood:

Zone 1 (Rio Salado): Koryn Rolstad
Zone 2 (Downtown Tempe): Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead
Zone 3 (Gammage Curve): Mary Lucking
Zone 4 (Apache): Bobby Zokaites

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Tempe Streetcar will travel on Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue. It will make a downtown loop on Mill and Ash avenues and continue south to Apache Boulevard. It will then turn east to Dorsey Lane, connecting with the Apache/Dorsey light rail station. The $177 million project has been programmed using a mix of federal, regional and local funds. For more information on Tempe Streetcar, visit 

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 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity 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, Instagram and Twitter or visiting

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