Phoenix

Riders from Ability360 arriving on the first train into the new 50th Street Station received an enthusiastic welcome on April 25, 2019. The station, which is located at 50th and Washington streets in Phoenix, is the first station built along the existing Valley Metro Rail system.

This station will set a new standard for accessibility across the nation, which are incorporated as a result of the PHX Innovation Games challenge issued by the city of Phoenix Mayor’s Office.

While all light rail stations are Americans with Disabilities Act (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 gently sloped entries.

 

"This is what accessibility looks like,” said Arizona Congressman and former mayor Greg Stanton. “This station adds a critical transportation option for the community at Ability360 and it’s a shining example for how investments in infrastructure can make a real difference in people’s lives. Our support for great public transit isn’t wavering – it’s only growing stronger.”

 

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.

 

“Today, we put Phoenix on the map as a leader in accessibility and inclusivity across the nation,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “It’s part of an exciting vision of adding miles of light rail that will connect even more people to resources, most especially our veterans who told us this station is high on their list.”

 

While all light rail stations are Americans with Disabilities Act (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 gently sloped entries.

 

"This is what accessibility looks like,” said Arizona Congressman and former mayor Greg Stanton. “This station adds a critical transportation option for the community at Ability360 and it’s a shining example for how investments in infrastructure can make a real difference in people’s lives. Our support for great public transit isn’t wavering – it’s only growing stronger.”

 

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.

 

“Today, we put Phoenix on the map as a leader in accessibility and inclusivity across the nation,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “It’s part of an exciting vision of adding miles of light rail that will connect even more people to resources, most especially our veterans who told us this station is high on their list.”

 

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