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 – station installation. A community event was held in November to celebrate the installation of stations and new art along the extension. Finishing touches are now being made on the three new light rail stations and the park-and-ride. The roadway is also taking shape. It is expanded to its final configuration and new sidewalks, curbs and gutters are installed.

Next Steps

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.

Safety tips during testing:

  • Please obey all traffic signals and message boards
  • 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


    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