As construction begins on the five-mile South Central Extension connecting South Phoenix to the regional light rail system, Valley Metro is launching a new smartphone app. Available in English and Spanish, Construct VM 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. Kiewit has had success with prior infrastructure project apps similar to Construct VM, such as an app for Project Neon in Las Vegas that garnered more than 6,300 downloads.
The five-mile light rail extension will travel between downtown Phoenix and Baseline Road, provide nine stops and two park-and-rides, and will feature artwork by local artists. The extension is expected to be complete by 2024.
About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and 28 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2019, total ridership for the system was 64 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 transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 19 local cities, towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or 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.