Dignitaries at the 50th Street opening

Today, federal, state, regional, city leaders and many people from the disability community could not curb their enthusiasm over the opening of the 50th Street Station along Washington Street in Phoenix.

50th Street Station firsts:

  • first completed project using voter-approved Transportation 2050 funds
  • first new station within the existing 26-mile Valley Metro Rail corridor
  • first station to have enhanced accessibility features
  • first station to have a permanent tribute to Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor.

A sign soon will be installed at the station to serve as a reminder to all travelers how much Pastor cared for the communities that he represented, as well as all Arizonans. Pastor was a lifelong advocate for transit and most recently served as chair of the Phoenix Citizens Transportation Commission for Transportation 2050.

While all light rail stations are ADA accessible with features such as level boarding and lowered fare vending machines, the 50th Street Station features an enhanced pedestrian detection crosswalk signal, wider platforms and more gently sloped entries.

Stacy and Witbeck, Valley Metro construction contractor, built the station without disrupting ongoing light rail operations. Art at the station, which was designed by local artist, Barbara Grygutis, features metallic shade structures depicting the native creosote bush.

The station is open for service on Thursday, April 25. For many who rely on transit, this stop means greater independence, increased access and convenience.