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


The contractor, Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture (SSWJV), has completed another phase of construction – rail installation. There is now track across the entire extension, connecting Montebello to Dunlap. The roadway is also taking shape. It is expanded to its final configuration and new sidewalks, curbs and gutters are installed. Crews will now focus on the Dunlap, Northern and Glendale stations as well as the park-and-ride at Dunlap and 19th avenues. The stations and park-and-ride will be completed this fall.

Next Steps

Over the next quarter, SSWJV will complete the installation of the catenary poles and overhead wire. Crews will also be working along the sidewalks to install new landscaping.


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 2016