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Rob Antoniak
Community Outreach Coordinator

Central Mesa Extension

Central Mesa Extension


With more than two-thirds of the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension project complete, it is taking on an updated look with new paving, traffic signals, stations and station art. Each station artist incorporated the community in their design and the theme "Old Roots New Growth." 

On Monday, March 23, Valley Metro commemorated the fourth milestone of the extension at a special event. The community event celebrated construction progress and the installation of unique stations and station art, which reflects Mesa’s rich culture and history. 

Drive through central Mesa to see the continued progress and Shop On Main St. for great deals! During construction, these unique businesses are open and many of them are offering special discounts. Get your METRO Max Rewards card, to begin receiving exclusive deals, promotions and giveaways. 

Next Steps

In the spring, construction crews will finish heavy civil construction in the guideway and will begin to focus on light rail and city power utilities, overhead catenary system (OCS) adjustments and street signal testing. Once the power system has been fully installed, tested and activated, trains can begin testing.

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