Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area


Carla Kahn
Community Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Saldin
Community Outreach Coordinator

Northwest Phase I

Northwest Phase I


Another construction milestone has been reached as the contractor has completed roadway widening work. The roadway is now expanded to its final configuration and new sidewalks, curbs and gutters have been installed along the entire alignment. Rail installation is over 75% complete and installation of the catenary poles and overhead wire has begun. Station construction continues at Dunlap, Northern and Glendale stations. Crews are installing the components of each station, including the steel columns, canopies and chairs. The park-and-ride at Dunlap and 19th avenues is also under construction with completion scheduled for this fall. A community art plaza has been constructed in the northeast corner of the park-and-ride.

Next Steps

Over the next quarter, construction crews will complete the track installation. Crews will also be working along the sidewalks to install the irrigation system for the new landscaping and installing new traffic signals.

Project Background

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 - Winter 2016