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Wed, Oct 10, 2012

U.S. Transportation Sec. LaHood Arrives in Valley for Major Announcement

Federal dignitaries arrive in Mesa for a major announcement impacting the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension – Oct. 12

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and U.S. Representative Ed Pastor (AZ) are the special guests of a Central Mesa light rail extension event. The federal dignitaries are in the Valley to make a major funding announcement that will impact the growth of the light rail system.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
12:30 p.m.—networking
1:00 p.m.—ceremony

Mesa Arts Center
Southeast corner of Main and Center streets
One East Main Street | Mesa, AZ 85201

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and invited local, state and national dignitaries will officially acknowledge this project milestone with a special celebration.

The Central Mesa light rail extension will take the 20-mile system farther east beyond Sycamore and Main streets to Main Street and Mesa Drive, providing added service and transit connectivity for all passengers of the Valley Metro transit system. With ridership in September at an average of 50,000 passengers per day on the light rail system, the Central Mesa Extension is anticipated to add nearly 10,000 daily riders.

To learn more about light rail and the Central Mesa Extension, 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 METRO light rail. The first 20-miles of light rail opened December 2008 and served 13.5 million riders in 2012 exceeding the prior year by six percent.  Six light rail extensions are under way that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.# # #

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