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In 2009, the Mesa City Council and Maricopa Association of Governments approved the 3.1-mile light rail Central Mesa Extension and recommended an additional 1.9-mile segment as a future project. This 1.9-mile segment, known as the Gilbert Road Extension, extends light rail on Main Street from Mesa Drive east to Gilbert Road.
At Gilbert Road, there are significant local and regional transit connections and the ability to serve more riders from the East Valley. The Gilbert Road Extension will serve the growing transit demand in the East Valley. It will attract new riders and increase development opportunities in central Mesa.
In 2011, Valley Metro initiated a planning study of the Gilbert Road Extension. Completed in 2012, it identified and evaluated various ways light rail could be placed within Main Street. Several design options were identified to best incorporate light rail into the middle of Main Street. In 2012, Valley Metro entered the environmental phase of study during which design options, potential station locations, and a park-and-ride location were analyzed in greater detail. The result of this more detailed analysis is an Environmental Assessment (EA) document that provides a detailed analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the project. A link to the EA is provided at right.
In April 2013, a preferred design option was adopted by Mesa City Council. The preferred option consists of:
• Two automobile travel lanes on Main Street, one in each direction that will widen to four travel lanes at Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road;
• Two stations, one at Stapley Drive and one at Gilbert Road;
• Two roundabouts, one at Horne and one at Harris Drive; and
• A park-and-ride location at the southwest corner of Main Street and Gilbert Road.
Click on the video below to view an example of light rail traveling through a roundabout in Salt Lake City.
Public comment is a key part of this project and will be solicited throughout the process. For questions or comments regarding the Gilbert Road Extension please e-mail Rob Antoniak or call 602.495.8902.
In November 2013, Valley Metro received the Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration allowing the project to enter into the design phase. Construction is planned to occur between 2015 and 2017, with operations scheduled for summer 2018.
View the latest project update here.