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Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Track Installation Begins on Northwest Extension

Valley Metro is nearing the halfway point of construction on the Northwest Phoenix light rail extension on 19th Avenue. Crews will begin to embed rail into the trackway, marking a significant construction milestone. To commemorate this achievement, Valley Metro is hosting a First Track celebration.

WHO:  U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor (invited); Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Sundt CEO Dave Crawford; Phoenix Councilmembers Daniel Valenzuela, Thelda Williams, Laura Pastor; and 19th Avenue businesses and residents.

WHAT:  Community celebration and commemorative ceremony with placement of first track near Dunlap and 19th avenues. Event will feature a “state fair” midway with games, free food and entertainment. Guests will also receive a commemorative milestone magnet, the second of five in a series.

WHEN: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 7 - 10 a.m., 7:15 a.m. Ceremony

WHERE: Southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap. Click here for official invitation, map and parking instructions.

INTERVIEWS: Elected officials, project experts and residents

VISUALS: Official placement of a plaque near first rail in the trackway; guests enjoying “state fair” food, games and activities

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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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 valleymetro.org.

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