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Community Outreach Coordinator
On September 28, officials from the city of Phoenix and Valley Metro, alongside community representatives, gathered to announce the first light rail project slated under Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050). The new station will serve local businesses and provide added convenience for riders who are traveling from across the Valley to access independent lifestyle resources for people with disabilities at Ability360. Ability360 was a catalyst in the development of the new station.
The station will be a model of increased accessibility with design elements incorporated as a result of the PHX Innovation Games challenge. Station designer Gannett Fleming is working with Innovation Games winner, Dig Studio, on station access, aesthetics and station entry areas. Artist Barbara Grygutis will develop public art, working in partnership with the construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.
The 50th Street Station is scheduled to break ground in spring 2017 and open in summer 2019.
Valley Metro initiated a study to evaluate the potential of two additional light rail stations. The Station Feasibility Study was conducted in accordance with the Station Addition Policy approved by the Valley Metro Board in 2011. One of the locations considered was on Washington Street in the area of 48th Street. Three options were considered and presented at public meetings. The option at 50th Street offered a technical solution and had the most public support.
50th Street & Washington, Phoenix, AZ
|Design||Late 2016-mid 2017|
|Construction||Mid 2017-mid 2019|