Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area


Project Details

Region:Central Valley
Type:Extensions/New Service


Jorge Llamas
Business Assistance Coordinator

Northwest Phase I

Northwest Phase I


The Northwest Extension opened on March 19, 2016. To celebrate the opening and thank the 19th Avenue community, a “World’s Fair”-inspired community expo was held with free, commemorative transit passes, allowing riders to explore the full system and connect to new destinations on the inaugural day of service of the Northwest Extension. The 19th Avenue Community Fair featured performances by Chris Ridge retiree singers, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf and the Steamers Jazz Band, as well as 70 exhibitors, from local neighborhood associations, family-run restaurants and inspired art school students.

The opening celebration and project overall, coming in ahead of schedule and on budget, are reflections of an effective partnership between Valley Metro, city of Phoenix and the construction contractor, Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture.


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, 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