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Mon, Mar 9, 2015

Valley Metro Celebrates Station Installation along Central Mesa Light Rail Extension

MESA, AZ – With construction set to wrap up later this fall, the three-mile Central Mesa Light Rail Extension project is taking on an updated look with new paving, traffic signals and stations. The community event will celebrate construction progress and the installation of eye-catching stations and station art, which reflects Mesa’s rich culture and history.

“The station artwork is unique, innovative and most importantly, conveys a sense of history, time and space of the area surrounding each new station,” said Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Dennis Kavanaugh.

The Central Mesa Extension will expand light rail eastbound 3.1 miles on Main Street from Sycamore Street to Mesa Drive. It is on schedule to open this fall.

“It’s another major project milestone accomplished as construction nears its final stages,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Soon, the extension will serve the region’s growing demand for transit services with thousands of daily riders arriving at interesting, new destinations in central Mesa.”

WHO:       
Federal Transit Administration, City of Mesa, Valley Metro and Valley Transit Constructors

WHAT:     
A celebration to mark the installation of stations and public art on Main Street. A commemorative pin, fourth in the series, will be available.

WHEN:     
Monday, March 23, 2015, 1 – 2 p.m.

WHERE:     
405 E. Main St., Mesa (on Main St. between Mesa Dr. and Udall). Parking is available between Udall and Lesueur or use Route 40, Route 120 or Main Street LINK.

SPEAKERS
Federal and local elected officials; station artist, Mary Lucking

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 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. 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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