Do you own a business alongside the new South Central Extension/Downtown Hub? If so, Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix are ready to help. Both Valley Metro and Phoenix are offering a variety of free assistance programs intended to keep businesses well-positioned during construction. 

Valley Metro Business Assistance Office
Valley Metro Business Assistance Office

A Valley Metro business assistance coordinator works closely with businesses by providing support during light rail track and station construction. Businesses can get special signage with personalized names aimed at directing customers their way. 

Not only that, but businesses along the construction zone can choose to be featured in marketing flyers. The flyers are sent to over 14,000 local addresses and are also available online. 

And there’s the Shop On Rewards program. It offers incentives for the public to visit South Central Avenue businesses during construction. Participating businesses along the future light rail corridor must offer a discount or incentive to customers. Valley Metro, in turn, promotes the discount online, in print, and on social media. Visit (valleymetro.org/southcentral) for more information) for more information. 

Construction along Central Avenue to Baseline Road will be with us until 2023. The light rail expansion adds a new downtown transfer hub, as well as new stations, and art projects along the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub.  

 


 

Mark Carlson
Mark Carlson
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
Mark Carlson is an Operations Communications Specialist with Valley Metro. He brings 40 years of newsroom experience to his position including working as a newsroom supervisor for 23 years with The Associated Press in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix. In addition to serving as a writer, editor, anchor, and reporter for radio stations in Phoenix and Los Angeles, he also worked as a television assignment editor and digital news writer and editor in Phoenix and Baltimore. A Phoenix native, Mark attended Maryvale High.