Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area

Contact:

Carla Kahn
Community Outreach Coordinator
602-744-5552
Email

Lisa Saldin
Community Outreach Coordinator
602-495-8213
Email

Northwest Phase I

Northwest Phase I

Status

Construction along 19th Avenue is continuing to reflect the look of a light rail system. Major utility construction has been completed. Over the last two years, the contractor and third party utility companies have relocated over 500 miles of underground utilities, including water, sewer, gas, and electrical lines.

Rail installation continues throughout the alignment and stations are beginning to take shape. Steel columns are being raised and placed into position at the Dunlap and Glendale stations. A station celebration event will take later this year once the station is complete and art installation has occurred.

Roadway widening efforts are three-fourths complete, and drivers are now traveling on new sections of paved roadway. In addition to the roadway widening efforts, new sidewalks, curbs, and gutters are being built. 

Next Steps

This spring, construction crews will be completing the roadway widening efforts and continuing to install track. With the installation of track, the contractor can begin to install the overhead catenary poles and overhead wire. Crews will also start constructing the park-and-ride at Dunlap and 19th avenues. 

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. 

Timeline:

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