Phoenix

The 8.3-mile I-10 West Extension will connect with the existing Valley Metro Rail system in downtown Phoenix to west Phoenix.

The 8.3-mile corridor along Interstate 10 (I-10) will connect the existing Valley Metro Rail system in central Phoenix to the greater West Valley.

Valley Metro is evaluating several elements of the project:

  • A route extension to Desert Sky Transit Center
  • Options to potentially accelerate the project timeline
  • Transit type

This activity will be driven by community engagement and dialogue through 2021.

The recommended route is being brought to Phoenix Council and Valley Metro Rail Board for approval in Fall 2021. Upon approval, preliminary engineering (PE) work will continue to develop preliminary construction plans and technical specifications for the light rail extension. Please look at the fact sheet for current project next steps.

In 2016, the Phoenix City Council and Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors approved a phased approach to what was then known as the Capitol/I-10 West Extension.

Phase I, now known as the Capitol Extension, will connect downtown Phoenix to the Arizona State Capitol.

Phase II, now known as the I-10 West Extension, will extend light rail along I-10 to the 79th Ave/I-10 Park-and-Ride. For more information on the Capitol Extension project please visit the project web page at valleymetro.org/capex. This project is part of voter-approved initiative. Learn more about T-2050 here.

1978: I-10 median designated for transit

2000: Voters pass Phoenix Transit Plan

2004: Voters pass Regional Transportation Plan, which includes 11-mile West Phoenixtransit corridor

2007: Alternatives analysis and public input began

2008: Downtown and Mainline community working groups formed

2012: Environmental Assessment began; public involvement continues; Locally Preferred Alternative approved

2015: Voters pass Transportation 2050 plan

2016: Phoenix City Council approves two-phase project; Phase 1 (downtown section) is reevaluated

2017: South Central / Downtown Hub provides opportunity to re-examine Phase I options

2019: Phoenix City Council asks Valley Metro to gather additional public input on new proposed transit types and phasing

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The 8.3-mile corridor along Interstate 10 (I-10) will connect the existing Valley Metro Rail system in central Phoenix to the greater West Valley.

Valley Metro is evaluating several elements of the project:

  • A route extension to Desert Sky Transit Center
  • Options to potentially accelerate the project timeline
  • Transit type

This activity will be driven by community engagement and dialogue through 2021.

The recommended route is being brought to Phoenix Council and Valley Metro Rail Board for approval in Fall 2021. Upon approval, preliminary engineering (PE) work will continue to develop preliminary construction plans and technical specifications for the light rail extension. Please look at the fact sheet for current project next steps.

In 2016, the Phoenix City Council and Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors approved a phased approach to what was then known as the Capitol/I-10 West Extension.

Phase I, now known as the Capitol Extension, will connect downtown Phoenix to the Arizona State Capitol.

Phase II, now known as the I-10 West Extension, will extend light rail along I-10 to the 79th Ave/I-10 Park-and-Ride. For more information on the Capitol Extension project please visit the project web page at valleymetro.org/capex. This project is part of voter-approved initiative. Learn more about T-2050 here.

1978: I-10 median designated for transit

2000: Voters pass Phoenix Transit Plan

2004: Voters pass Regional Transportation Plan, which includes 11-mile West Phoenixtransit corridor

2007: Alternatives analysis and public input began

2008: Downtown and Mainline community working groups formed

2012: Environmental Assessment began; public involvement continues; Locally Preferred Alternative approved

2015: Voters pass Transportation 2050 plan

2016: Phoenix City Council approves two-phase project; Phase 1 (downtown section) is reevaluated

2017: South Central / Downtown Hub provides opportunity to re-examine Phase I options

2019: Phoenix City Council asks Valley Metro to gather additional public input on new proposed transit types and phasing

Map shows changes as described in text