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Sun, Nov 15, 2015

Light Rail Vehicle Testing

PHOENIX, AZ – Vehicle testing continues on the Northwest light rail extension, preparing for the safe start-up of revenue service. Testing started on November 18 and will continue until the extension opens on Saturday, March 19. As part of testing, trains are moving on 19th Avenue from Montebello Avenue to Dunlap Avenue. Testing allows for a full inspection of the system, including track and overhead wire, and operations staff training.

NWE Train Testing

Safety tips during testing:
• Obey all traffic signals and message boards
• Keep in mind that high voltage wires will be live as trains operate along the tracks
• Always use designated pedestrian crosswalks
• Light rail trains are quiet. Look for flashing headlights and listen for warning bells and horn.

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 23 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2015, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. Six light rail 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 and Twitter or visiting

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