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In October 2015, the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors approved a contract with Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt to begin the pre-construction phase of the Gilbert Road Extension and authorized a contract in August 2015 with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. for design services. The artists who will design public art for stations at Stapley Drive, Gilbert Road, as well as the park-and-ride and a traction power substation have also been awarded contracts.
The project will expand light rail nearly two miles on Main Street from Mesa Drive east to Gilbert Road. It includes two light rail stations, a transit center and park-and-ride.
Valley Metro hosted a public open house in early November to receive community input and to provide opportunity for community members to learn more about the project and members of the project team. Construction is scheduled to take place between 2016 and 2018.
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. 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. In April 2013, a preferred design option was adopted by the 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
A park-and-ride at the southwest corner of Main Street and Gilbert Road
Two roundabouts, one at Horne and one at Harris Drive
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. The project’s environmental review was completed in 2014, the final design team kicked off their efforts in August, 2015.