Phoenix

The South Central Light Rail Extension will connect with the current light rail system in downtown Phoenix and operate south to Baseline Road. 

 

On June 20, 2018 the Phoenix City Council approved a motion directing:

“Staff and Valley Metro to provide an alternative right-of-way design of the South Central rail extension with 4-vehicular through lanes to the full extent possible within the federally-approved environmental footprint, AND to begin a full comprehensive business and community engagement process facilitated by an independent facilitator to specifically discuss the full impacts, costs and benefits of the 4-lane design."

While work will continue on the federal process and approved design, Valley Metro also is developing a 4-lane design within the federally-approved environmental footprint for a complete discussion with the community. We’ll share the project history and the 2- and 4-lane designs through a mix of public meetings and other approaches oriented to the needs of South Central residents and businesses. Stay tuned for more information!


The South Central Extension is in the design phase.

  • Valley Metro will survey the South Central Extension to identify locations of underground utilities. Surveying will cover the entire light rail alignment from Baseline Road to the downtown area with an expected ending period in early 2019. 
  • There are current job openings to join the South Central Extension team. To learn more about the available positions, click here.
  • Congratulations to the following local students selected to participate in the South Central Extension Summer Internship Program:
    • Daniela, Franklin Police and Fire High School
    • Janae, South Mountain High School
    • Jouselyn, NFL Yet College Prep Academy 
    • Micayla, Mountain Pointe High School
    • Naty'a, McClintock High School

SCE interns at board meeting

The South Central corridor is one of seven project areas identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation for inclusion in its Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot (LadderSTEP) program. The LadderSTEP Pilot program aims to build and restore connections, develop workforce capacity, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization through planned transportation projects.

In January 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved advancing the opening date of the South Central Light Rail Extension from 2034 to 2023. The advancement is funded through Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters in August 2015. Click here to learn more about T2050.

 

South Central Extension project area

The South Central Extension Community Office is open at 5040 S. Central Ave, Phoenix.

New office hours begin Monday, July 16 to the following times:

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday- 9 a.m.-noon

During office hours or by appointment, community members and business owners will be able to visit with project staff to ask questions and learn more about the extension, or get more information on upcoming business assistance programs. To make an appointment, call the office at (602) 687-8585.

Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix opened the South Central Extension Community Office on Monday, February 26. Conveniently located along the future light rail extension, the office provides the community another way to connect with members of the project team.

“This is your office,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to the South Central Phoenix community at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Any questions you have about this project just call or pop right in.” 

Valley Metro and city of Phoenix kept a strong focus on staying local when creating the office. The office space is leased by a local property owner, a local contractor completed the renovations, the furniture is from the furniture store next door, and the eye-catching exterior mural was created by a Phoenix artist.

“This truly is a partnership,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “Not just with Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix, but with the community.”

View more photos of the office opening at flickr.com/valleymetro.



project staff meeting with students applying for an internship

You have questions. We have answers.

 

What happens now following the Phoenix City Council vote on June 20, 2018?

  • While work will continue on the federal process and approved design, Valley Metro is also developing a 4-lane design within the federally-approved environmental footprint.
  • Extensive community outreach will take place to share the lane configuration options and to have a complete discussion with the community.
  • Information will be shared through a mix of public meetings and other approaches oriented to the needs of South Central residents and businesses.

Where on the South Central Extension will traffic be reduced to two lanes?

  • The two-lane configuration runs between Watkins Street to Baseline Road on Central Avenue.

Why is light rail being built in South Phoenix?

  • There’s a need to provide additional public transit services to South Phoenix to provide families with convenient access to key destinations such as work and school.
  • Voters approved the extension in 2000, 2004 and in 2015; 75% of those who live along the line voted in favor of Prop 104, now Transportation 2050, which provides the local funding for the extension.
  • With direction from voters, the Phoenix City Council approved the extension route and roadway design in 2014 and acceleration of the project in 2016.

What are the benefits of light rail?

  • Increases job and educational opportunities by providing an affordable, convenient and higher-capacity transportation option.
  • Freedom to connect to regional destinations, such as restaurants, museums and sporting events while increasing disposable income.
  • Boosts economic development by attracting new businesses, jobs and customers.
  • The Valley needs a mix of mobility solutions today and for our future. Maricopa County is the fastest growing region in the country (estimated to double by 2040).

Why does the current design reduce the number of traffic lanes from four to two?

  • The South Central Light Rail Extension is being designed based on years of community input and technical analysis.
  • Two lanes maintains traffic flow and current volumes while adding light rail carrying thousands of passengers each day.
  • The two-lane configuration achieves the community’s vision of preserving the local character and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
  • Approximately 54 buildings would need to be completely or partially removed to fit four lanes.

How will businesses be supported during construction?

  • South Central Extension has the largest budget in the light rail program’s history dedicated to assisting businesses along the line.
  • Prior to construction beginning, the city of Phoenix will offer free business assessments to prepare businesses for construction.
  • Valley Metro and city of Phoenix will provide business assistance before and throughout construction. Valley Metro’s custom business assistance program includes:
    • Rebate programs
    • Special events
    • Customized signage
    • Marketing/social media assistance
    • Accounting/financial planning

When will construction begin? When will it end?

Construction will begin on Central Avenue in late 2019/early 2020. The extension will open in 2023.

 

Want more information about the project?

Visit the project team at the South Central Extension Community Office on Central Ave/Roeser, or schedule an appointment for a meeting by calling (602) 687-8585.

 

 

On June 20, 2018 the Phoenix City Council approved a motion directing:

“Staff and Valley Metro to provide an alternative right-of-way design of the South Central rail extension with 4-vehicular through lanes to the full extent possible within the federally-approved environmental footprint, AND to begin a full comprehensive business and community engagement process facilitated by an independent facilitator to specifically discuss the full impacts, costs and benefits of the 4-lane design."

While work will continue on the federal process and approved design, Valley Metro also is developing a 4-lane design within the federally-approved environmental footprint for a complete discussion with the community. We’ll share the project history and the 2- and 4-lane designs through a mix of public meetings and other approaches oriented to the needs of South Central residents and businesses. Stay tuned for more information!


The South Central Extension is in the design phase.

  • Valley Metro will survey the South Central Extension to identify locations of underground utilities. Surveying will cover the entire light rail alignment from Baseline Road to the downtown area with an expected ending period in early 2019. 
  • There are current job openings to join the South Central Extension team. To learn more about the available positions, click here.
  • Congratulations to the following local students selected to participate in the South Central Extension Summer Internship Program:
    • Daniela, Franklin Police and Fire High School
    • Janae, South Mountain High School
    • Jouselyn, NFL Yet College Prep Academy 
    • Micayla, Mountain Pointe High School
    • Naty'a, McClintock High School

SCE interns at board meeting

The South Central corridor is one of seven project areas identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation for inclusion in its Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot (LadderSTEP) program. The LadderSTEP Pilot program aims to build and restore connections, develop workforce capacity, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization through planned transportation projects.

In January 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved advancing the opening date of the South Central Light Rail Extension from 2034 to 2023. The advancement is funded through Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters in August 2015. Click here to learn more about T2050.

 

South Central Extension project area

The South Central Extension Community Office is open at 5040 S. Central Ave, Phoenix.

New office hours begin Monday, July 16 to the following times:

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday- 9 a.m.-noon

During office hours or by appointment, community members and business owners will be able to visit with project staff to ask questions and learn more about the extension, or get more information on upcoming business assistance programs. To make an appointment, call the office at (602) 687-8585.

Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix opened the South Central Extension Community Office on Monday, February 26. Conveniently located along the future light rail extension, the office provides the community another way to connect with members of the project team.

“This is your office,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to the South Central Phoenix community at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Any questions you have about this project just call or pop right in.” 

Valley Metro and city of Phoenix kept a strong focus on staying local when creating the office. The office space is leased by a local property owner, a local contractor completed the renovations, the furniture is from the furniture store next door, and the eye-catching exterior mural was created by a Phoenix artist.

“This truly is a partnership,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “Not just with Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix, but with the community.”

View more photos of the office opening at flickr.com/valleymetro.



project staff meeting with students applying for an internship

You have questions. We have answers.

 

What happens now following the Phoenix City Council vote on June 20, 2018?

  • While work will continue on the federal process and approved design, Valley Metro is also developing a 4-lane design within the federally-approved environmental footprint.
  • Extensive community outreach will take place to share the lane configuration options and to have a complete discussion with the community.
  • Information will be shared through a mix of public meetings and other approaches oriented to the needs of South Central residents and businesses.

Where on the South Central Extension will traffic be reduced to two lanes?

  • The two-lane configuration runs between Watkins Street to Baseline Road on Central Avenue.

Why is light rail being built in South Phoenix?

  • There’s a need to provide additional public transit services to South Phoenix to provide families with convenient access to key destinations such as work and school.
  • Voters approved the extension in 2000, 2004 and in 2015; 75% of those who live along the line voted in favor of Prop 104, now Transportation 2050, which provides the local funding for the extension.
  • With direction from voters, the Phoenix City Council approved the extension route and roadway design in 2014 and acceleration of the project in 2016.

What are the benefits of light rail?

  • Increases job and educational opportunities by providing an affordable, convenient and higher-capacity transportation option.
  • Freedom to connect to regional destinations, such as restaurants, museums and sporting events while increasing disposable income.
  • Boosts economic development by attracting new businesses, jobs and customers.
  • The Valley needs a mix of mobility solutions today and for our future. Maricopa County is the fastest growing region in the country (estimated to double by 2040).

Why does the current design reduce the number of traffic lanes from four to two?

  • The South Central Light Rail Extension is being designed based on years of community input and technical analysis.
  • Two lanes maintains traffic flow and current volumes while adding light rail carrying thousands of passengers each day.
  • The two-lane configuration achieves the community’s vision of preserving the local character and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
  • Approximately 54 buildings would need to be completely or partially removed to fit four lanes.

How will businesses be supported during construction?

  • South Central Extension has the largest budget in the light rail program’s history dedicated to assisting businesses along the line.
  • Prior to construction beginning, the city of Phoenix will offer free business assessments to prepare businesses for construction.
  • Valley Metro and city of Phoenix will provide business assistance before and throughout construction. Valley Metro’s custom business assistance program includes:
    • Rebate programs
    • Special events
    • Customized signage
    • Marketing/social media assistance
    • Accounting/financial planning

When will construction begin? When will it end?

Construction will begin on Central Avenue in late 2019/early 2020. The extension will open in 2023.

 

Want more information about the project?

Visit the project team at the South Central Extension Community Office on Central Ave/Roeser, or schedule an appointment for a meeting by calling (602) 687-8585.

 

 

Project Contacts

Contact a Community Outreach Coordinator to receive project updates:

Julie Cruz Gilfillan

Downtown - Lincoln
Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 495-8274

Julie Smith

Lincoln - Broadway
Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 744-5563

Alexis Hermosillo

Broadway - Baseline
Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 523-6039

Flor D. Mason

Business Assistance Program Coordinator

(602) 523-6032

Community Office

Visit during office hours or by appointment

(602) 687-8585