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After three years of technical analysis and working with the local community, the recommended leading alternative is light rail, connecting to the existing light rail system at 19th Ave. and Camelback Rd., continuing west on Camelback Rd. to 43rd Ave., north on 43rd Ave. to Glendale Ave. and west on Glendale Ave. to downtown Glendale. Within downtown Glendale, the route would transition to Glenn Dr. near 51st Ave., continuing west on Glenn Dr. and terminating in the vicinity of 58th Ave.
Valley Metro continues to work closely with both cities as additional analysis on the route continues, focusing on two main areas: the I-17 crossing and end-of-line. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is studying the Camelback Rd./I-17 interchange as part of the larger I-10/I-17 Corridor Master Plan, known as the Spine Study. When the study is complete (expected in mid-2017), Valley Metro will coordinate with MAG and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to identify options for an I-17 light rail crossing on Camelback Rd. that are compatible with proposed intersection improvements.
In Glendale, Valley Metro continues to study a range of end-of-line options between 43rd Ave. and 61st Ave. along the leading alternative route, including the feasibility of a Grand Ave./BNSF crossing. Valley Metro anticipates reporting the results of this analysis to the Glendale City Council by mid-2017.
The recommended leading alternative, reflected in the map above, has highest estimated ridership and cost-effectiveness, as well as direct connections with the growing Grand Canyon University and Alhambra High School. Light rail investment in this corridor would also support local economic development opportunities.
Valley Metro will continue to refine the areas of additional study and identify station locations and traffic configuration. Public outreach will continue throughout the process. Valley Metro will seek approval on a final route from the Phoenix and Glendale city councils in late 2017/early 2018. Operation of the route is scheduled for 2026.
In 2013, Valley Metro initiated a transit corridor study for the West Phoenix/Central Glendale area to identify high-capacity transit service options to connect downtown Glendale to the existing light rail system. In partnership with the city of Phoenix, city of Glendale and the community, the study goal is to determine a route location and a type of transit that will best serve the area.
Valley Metro has completed three levels of technical analysis, which included the evaluation of population densities, employment and activity centers, ridership potential, potential right-of-way and traffic impacts, economic development potential and cost. Public input was collected throughout the study process.