Travel to new destinations with Valley Metro Rail. Light rail now extends farther east to Gilbert Road on Main Street in Mesa and a new Phoenix stop at 50th St/Washington. 

Gilbert Road Extension and 50th St station openings

On May 18, light rail expanded another two miles along Main Street in Mesa, adding new stations at Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road. The Gilbert Rd/Main St station serves as the new eastern end of line giving more East Valley residents access to destinations along the 28-mile system. The Gilbert Rd/Main St Park-and-Ride has an abundance of parking spaces and connections to two bus routes. At Horne and Main Street, there is Valley Metro Rail’s first roundabout to help with traffic flow at this busy intersection. View the excitement of opening day and photos of the newest section of light rail on our Valley Metro Flickr page

The 50th St/Washington station is a station of many firsts. It’s the first station built along the existing line. First completed project using voter-approved Transportation 2050 funds and it’s our permanent tribute to U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor. It’s also the first station to have enhanced accessibility features, including:

  • Lowered fare vending machines 
  • Enhanced pedestrian detection crosswalk signal 
  • Wider platforms 
  • More gently sloped walkways

For many who rely on transit, this stop means greater independence and increased access. For local businesses and employers, it means convenience. To view the excitement of the 50th Street Station opening on April 24, check out our Valley Metro Flickr page


These new destinations are another example of Valley Metro’s commitment to connecting communities and enhancing lives. For the past decade, light rail has been an economic engine for development and has supported community health, through sustainability and education. Discover more ways Valley Metro Rail is creating a positive impact in your community by visiting To reach these new destinations or travel any place in the Valley, use our trip planner at