PHOENIX— As construction continues on the Northwest Extension Phase II, Valley Metro is launching a new, free smartphone app. Available in English and Spanish, Construct VM-Northwest 2 will notify users about current and upcoming construction and can be downloaded on iOS or Android devices.
The goal of the app is to provide Phoenix residents, business owners and workers with another channel to receive up-to-date, accurate project information.
In addition to information about work zones, app features include:
- Push notifications by location, to receive updates about construction work on some or all segments of the project
- Photo and video library to give a sense of construction progress
- Links to frequently asked questions, Valley Metro’s social media and transit rider alerts
- Information on local businesses near the project area (coming soon)
- Contact form where users can submit questions or comments directly.
The app was developed by Kiewit Corporation, the project’s construction contractor, in partnership with Valley Metro. It is the second app now available for Phoenix-related light rail projects, joining the Construct VM-South Central app which launched in January 2020.
The one-and-a-half-mile light rail extension will travel from the existing 19th Ave/Dunlap station to Metrocenter Mall area. The extension includes Valley Metro’s first elevated station and two additional stops and will feature artwork by local artists. The extension is expected to be complete by 2024.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter or by visiting valleymetro.org.
About Kiewit: Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned organization operates through a network of subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation; oil, gas and chemical; power; building; water/wastewater; industrial; and mining. Kiewit had 2018 revenues of $9 billion and employs 20,000 staff and craft employees.