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


Project Details

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


Carla Kahn
Community Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Saldin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Northwest Phase I

Northwest Phase I


Vehicle testing is underway and will continue through March 2016. During testing, Valley Metro will test vehicle clearance at stations, the overhead electrification system, traffic signal coordination and the switches that allow the trains to move from track to track.

On December 10, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela announced the extension will open on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The date was revealed at a milestone event to celebrate the final phase of the new extension with vehicle testing and safety awareness. To view the event video, click here.

Testing is a critical step in completing the project and will continue up to opening day. Pedestrians and drivers should use vigilance and obey all the traffic rules when near light rail.

Safety tips during testing:

  • Traffic restrictions and signals may change depending on location of the train
  • Keep in mind that high voltage wires will be live as trains operate along the tracks
  • Remember to always use designated pedestrian crosswalks
  • Please note that work activity can change due to weather

NWE Save the Date


Construction on the 3.2-mile extension began in January 2013. It will extend light rail north on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue and serve 5,000 riders per day. In 2012, the project received approval to move ahead utilizing capital funds from the countywide Proposition 400 transit sales tax, as well as funds from Phoenix’s Transit 2000. Phoenix is responsible for the operations costs of light rail service that travels in their city.

Northwest Phase II will eventually expand light rail service west towards I-17. It is currently slated to open in 2026.

Business Assistance Programs

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


Event Schedule
Utility Relocation Winter 2013 - Fall 2014
Roadway Widening Summer 2013 - Summer 2015
Track/Station Installation Winter 2014 - Fall 2015
Light Rail Testing/Operations Fall 2015 - March 19, 2016