In 2012, voters said ‘yes’ to a westbound light rail route map starting in downtown Phoenix. One proposal calls for the westbound route to begin at Washington Street and 1st Avenue. At Jefferson Street between 7th Avenue and 18th Avenue, both tracks would travel eastbound and westbound past the State Capitol and Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.
A second proposal shows westbound light rail beginning at Washington Street and eastbound on Jefferson Street between 3rd Avenue and 15th Avenue. Both tracks begin travel east and west on Washington Street between 15th Avenue to 18th Avenue.
A third option features westbound light rail beginning on Washington Street and eastbound on Jefferson Street between 3rd Avenue and 18th Avenue. 


Light rail westward expansion starting point
Downtown Phoenix at 1st Ave. and Jefferson St.

There are some big light rail plans for west Phoenix. 

The Capitol/I-10 West Extension will add high-capacity, high-frequency transit to west Phoenix by way of I- 10.  
When the interstate was built in 1978, a 50-foot median separating the east and westbound auto lanes were designated for some type of transit. The proposed route for this extension travels west from the existing light rail system in downtown Phoenix.  
The route travels down the freeway median between 27th Avenue and 47th Avenues. It then cuts over and runs alongside the I-10's existing drainage canal, continuing west along I-10 until it turns north at the 79th Avenue Park-and-Ride. Later, the route may then extend to Desert Sky Mall.

Markus Coleman, city of Phoenix Light Rail Administrator
Markus Coleman, city of Phoenix Light Rail Administrator

City of Phoenix Light Rail Administrator Markus Coleman said the extension marks a critical transportation need for the West Valley. “It opens up whole new employment possibilities by providing another transportation source.”  He adds, “it creates opportunities for economic development along the new light rail route.”

Other benefits of building the light rail in Maryvale include reliable transportation from the West Valley to institutions of learning including ASU downtown and the main campus in Tempe, as well as the Maricopa County Community College District. 

Growing up in Maryvale, we used city buses often. It took us to sporting events, the downtown tech school, and other events. Adding a light-rail route along with transit can only benefit the west side community. 

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Mark Carlson
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Mark Carlson is an Operations Communications Specialist with Valley Metro. He brings 40 years of newsroom experience to his new 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. Mark attended Arizona State University majoring in sociology, communications, and religion.