Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area
Traffic Restrictions


Project Details

Status:Under Construction
Region:East Valley
Type:Extensions/New Service


Michael Book
Community Outreach Coordinator

Gilbert Road Extension

Gilbert Road Extension


Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, a Joint Venture (SWSJV), the construction contractor, is currently conducting underground utility work. The work primarily consists of relocating and replacing sewer and water lines. Work will span across the entire corridor during construction, but traffic restrictions will be limited to zones depending on specific construction activity.

Business Assistance

Valley Metro and the city of Mesa are working closely with businesses along the Gilbert Road Extension to reduce the construction impacts and to keep businesses well-positioned during and after construction. Businesses on the extension are eligible for free business assistance, which includes participating in the Shop On Main St. Rewards program. Businesses taking part in the rewards program are offering special deals, which shoppers can take advantage of by presenting the Shop On Rewards card.

View Shop On Main St. Reward Businesses

To learn more about the programs available to businesses, contact Debra Boehlke, Business Assistance Coordinator at


In 2011, Valley Metro initiated the Gilbert Road Extension study. It identified and evaluated various ways light rail could be placed within Main Street. In 2012, Valley Metro entered the environmental phase of the study, which included further review of design options and locations of the stations and park-and-ride. A preferred design option was adopted by the Mesa City Council, in April 2013. The project’s environmental review was completed in 2014 and the final design team kicked off their efforts in August 2015. Click to view the project environmental reports.

The extension will include a roundabout on Main St/Horne. The roundabout will help reduce traffic wait times and encourage a smoother flow of traffic in the area. The only other light rail system to have a roundabout, is in Utah.


Event Schedule
Design 2015-2016
Construction 2016-2019
Opening 2019

Project Partners