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Central Mesa Extension

Central Mesa Extension


Beginning August 22, Valley Metro Rail will be traveling to new destinations along Main Street into downtown Mesa. With service beginning seven months earlier than scheduled, the Central Mesa extension will soon take riders beyond Sycamore to Mesa Drive.

The earlier opening date was announced on Wednesday, June 3, at the project’s fifth milestone event, which celebrated the arrival of light rail train to downtown Mesa.

“We are pleased to bring light rail to the Mesa community seven months in advance,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “It is a true testament of our team’s skillful coordination and expertise that we continue our positive track record of delivering projects on time to the local community.”

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Next Steps

Train testing and training will ensure the 3.1-mile extension is a safe and reliable addition to the entire transit network. Trains will be moving on Main Street from Sycamore Street to Mesa Drive. It allows for a full inspection of the system, including track and overhead wire, and operations staff training.

Project Background

Valley Metro received local and regional approval in 2009 to move forward with the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension, which will extend light rail on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive and include four station locations and a park-and-ride facility. In August 2010, the 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 is being built using a mix of regional Proposition 400 funds and federal grant dollars. The city of Mesa is responsible for the operating funds.

Business Assistance Programs

Valley Metro, in coordination with the city of Mesa and community partners, has developed a wide array of business assistance programs as resources to stay well-positioned during the construction phase. View the Central Mesa Business Assistance Brochure for more information.


Event Schedule
Environmental Assessment Summer 2009 – Summer 2011
Design 2010 – 2012
Initiate Utility Relocation Late spring 2012
Construction 2013 – 2015
Pre-operation and Start-up Late 2015