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Valley Metro received local and regional approval in 2009 to move forward with a 3.1-mile light rail extension in central Mesa on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive including four station locations and a park-and-ride facility.
In August 2010, the Central Mesa extension was approved to enter into Project Development by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Entrance into Project Development signaled the beginning of the project’s design phase as well the first step in receiving federal approval and ultimately federal funds for the project. The project will be built using a mix of regional Proposition 400 funds and federal grant dollars. City of Mesa is responsible for the operating funds.
In addition, Valley Metro has completed an environmental assessment for the Central Mesa extension to document any potential environmental impacts of the project and received a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the FTA. The FONSI signifies Valley Metro has complied with all federal environmental laws. Download the environmental documents for more information.
In October 2012, a Project Construction Grant Agreement was signed by federal officials endorsing the value of the project and paving the way for $75 million in support for the construction of the 3.1-mile Central Mesa Extension. Total cost of the project is $200 million with funds provided by a combination of regional transit and federal support.It is anticipated that the construction of the Central Mesa Extension will generate more than 700 local jobs at the peak of construction in 2013 and 2014.Light rail construction includes utility relocation and street work, track installation and station platforms, and system and station finishes work. Following these activities, integrated testing will occur.Construction activities began in July 2012, with the first activities focused on utility relocations. Utilities located under the future light rail trackway must be relocated in order to maintain access. VTC and the utility companies will be relocating several utilities, such as water, gas and electric lines as well as nine storm drain manholes throughout the project. Ample notification will be provided prior to the initiation of any construction activity.Business assistance programs are now available. Valley Metro in coordination with the City of Mesa and community partners have developed a wide array of business assistance programs to provide businesses with the resources to stay well-positioned during the construction phase. To learn about the programs and start taking advantage of these programs, download the Central Mesa Business Assistance Brochure.
Stay up-to-date with construction notices and activity by joining the Central Mesa email distribution list. Email Rob Antoniak at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.As initial construction activity begins, final design will continue to progress. Valley Metro and City of Mesa will continue to solicit community input throughout the design process. Please check back with this webpage for meeting dates and updated materials.
|Environmental Assessment||Summer 2009 – Summer 2011|
|Design||2010 – 2012|
|Initiate Utility Relocation||Late spring 2012|
|Construction||2013 – 2015|
|Pre-operation and Start-up||2015 – 2016|