Phoenix

Schedule

2012-2017

planning
planning

2017-2019

design
design

2019-2024

construction
construction

2024

compltion
completion

Light rail connects thousands of people to education, entertainment and employment by providing an affordable and convenient transportation alternative.

The majority of the economic benefits of the project will remain in the South Phoenix community by giving area residents priority position for jobs associated with the project, and at times, careers that extend beyond the life of construction.

Valley Metro and our contractors have job and workforce development programs in South Phoenix that range from mentoring youth in the field of engineering to developing local craftspeople.

Light rail reduces traffic congestion and air pollution throughout the Valley.

Learn more at valleymetro.life.

A lot. The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub (SCE/DH) has been updated since 2015 to include additional project components, federal requirements for contingency and the increases of labor and material costs in the current marketplace. See below for greater detail.

  • Addition of the regional Downtown Hub. The original project included the South Central Extension along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Baseline Road. The Downtown Hub was added to the South Central Extension light rail project in 2017 to allow regional rail operations of a two-line system and convenient transfers between north-south/east-west in downtown Phoenix. The Downtown Hub includes three new stations with four platforms and additional rail track in the downtown area west of Central Avenue. These changes will make transfers easier for riders and make operations more efficient during special events.
  • Federally-required project contingency. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is taking a more cautious approach by requiring an increase in the contingency budget of 40 percent. In prior light rail projects, the FTA required a 10-25 percent contingency as a part of the overall budget. Contingency is used for unanticipated project costs and is not used if not needed.
  • Increased material and labor costs. The current marketplace is very different from when contractors were initially pricing their work. Due in part to demand, federal tariffs and skilled labor shortages, both material and labor costs have increased.

Our funding partners, including the FTA, continue to be on board for the development of this important transportation project. In July 2019, the FTA provided an initial budget allocation of $100 million (of our more than $500 million grant request) and reaffirmed their commitment to this project. It is anticipated that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) would fund about 40 percent of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub.

More than half of the construction budget of a light rail system is spent on street and utility improvements.

In the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, the result will be completely rebuilding Central Avenue and adjacent areas.

This rebuild will include new street pavement, curb, gutters sidewalks, traffic signals, streetlights, and landscaping, while also replacing most of the underground utilities including water, sewer, power and fiber and gas lines.

The improvements prior to rail installation is a well-deserved and necessary investment for current and future residents of South Phoenix.

Families and individuals along the South Central corridor need and deserve infrastructure improvements and additional public transportation options for convenient access to work, school and more.

Voters approved the extension in 2000, 2004 and in 2015. Prop 104, known as the Transportation 2050 plan, received 75% approval from voters who live along the South Central line. The Phoenix City Council approved the route in 2013, acceleration of the project in 2016 and roadway design in 2014 and again in 2018.

Light rail has proven to generate economic prosperity for historically underserved communities in metro Phoenix. Light rail makes the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to others, attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area.

The South Central community has a great opportunity, for current and future generations, to benefit from this major public infrastructure investment.

South Central Extension is the seventh major light rail project to be built in metro Phoenix. Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix have learned from each of these projects and developed extensive programs to provide business assistance before and throughout construction, in the form of business assessments, special events, customized signage, marketing/social media assistance and accounting/financial planning.

South Central Extension has the largest budget for business assistance needs than any other prior rail project.

Valley Metro has staff available 24/7 to inform and answer questions from business owners and to respond rapidly to any emergencies that may arise from construction.

Valley Metro and construction contractor, Kiewit, have a “courteous” construction plan that entails maintaining business access at all times, safe routes for pedestrians and schools, and localized hiring and spending.

Community input has been and continues to be an important element in the design of the South Central Extension. The design team has incorporated the following elements, based on feedback, into the final design of the project:

  • Increased number of bus pullouts (over 80% of bus stops now have pullouts).
  • Added more and increased the size of landscape areas.
  • Enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • 23 additional signalized crosswalks.
  • Over 10 miles of continuous and wider bike lanes.
  • Modified one park-and-ride location to relocate parking closer to the station and identified an alternate location for another park-and-ride to avoid impacts to nearby businesses.
  • Placed Broadway Road station south of intersection to reduce the amount of right-of-way needed.
  • Removed frontage road from the Lincoln Station location to minimize property impacts and maintain local street access.
  • Identified new power substation locations to avoid impacts to property owners.
  • Modified design of roundabouts to reduce impacts and better accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Added Downtown Hub for easy, convenient transfers between light rail, bus and other modes.

Light rail expands roadway capacity by carrying passengers each day to/from the area and attracting additional customers.

The two-lane design achieves the community’s desire for a pedestrian-friendly environment that includes sidewalks, shade, and dedicated bike lanes, while also limiting property takes.

The two-lane design saves nearly 80 businesses that would have otherwise been wholly or partially torn down to fit four lanes of automobile traffic and the trackway. These kinds of property impacts would have dramatically altered the character of south Central Avenue.

This design improves public safety in this corridor by providing emergency vehicles with easier access to travel along Central Avenue. The two-lane design was reviewed and approved by Phoenix Fire and is safer for all than a four-lane configuration.

Dedicated left/right turn lanes and bus pullouts help to maintain traffic flow.

The Phoenix City Council approved, for the third time, the two-lane design in September 2018.

Valley Metro’s percent-for-arts policy directs up to 1% of the construction budget to be assigned for public art on light rail projects.

Artwork, which involves the community, can bring additional value and pride to transit facilities.

Valley Metro conducted a series of artist workshops prior to the release of the Call to Artists to insure the awareness and participation of local artists in the process.

Artist selection committees are formed, made up of people who live and work near the alignment.

Artists attend public and one-on-one meetings to ensure the local neighborhoods are reflected in the art.

12 of the 18 artists working on art elements for the South Central Extension are local.

Relocation of third-party utilities will begin in downtown Phoenix in fall 2019 in order to meet the hosting requirements of the Super Bowl in 2023. Construction is scheduled to begin on portions of the project in early 2020. The entire length of the extension is expected to open in 2024.

The city of Phoenix cannot and will not rezone property along the corridor without the consent of the property owner. Rather, the process to rezone property is initiated by the property owner.

As part of its review of land use along the route, the city may offer zoning incentives to promote development consistent with transit, but a property owner’s existing legal rights will not be diminished by any zoning action.

No. In August 2015, Phoenix voters approved the Transportation 2050 plan that provides a dedicated revenue source for bus service, light rail service and street improvements through 2050.

There are multiple ways to stay up-to-date on the project. Join the email distribution list by contacting one of the Community Outreach Coordinators, visit valleymetro.org/southcentral and follow us @valleymetro.

Visit us at the South Central Extension Community Office
5040 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Noon-7p.m.
First and Third Saturday, 9 a.m.–Noon
By appointment Phone: (602) 687-8585

Schedule

2012-2017

planning
planning

2017-2019

design
design

2019-2024

construction
construction

2024

compltion
completion

Light rail connects thousands of people to education, entertainment and employment by providing an affordable and convenient transportation alternative.

The majority of the economic benefits of the project will remain in the South Phoenix community by giving area residents priority position for jobs associated with the project, and at times, careers that extend beyond the life of construction.

Valley Metro and our contractors have job and workforce development programs in South Phoenix that range from mentoring youth in the field of engineering to developing local craftspeople.

Light rail reduces traffic congestion and air pollution throughout the Valley.

Learn more at valleymetro.life.

A lot. The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub (SCE/DH) has been updated since 2015 to include additional project components, federal requirements for contingency and the increases of labor and material costs in the current marketplace. See below for greater detail.

  • Addition of the regional Downtown Hub. The original project included the South Central Extension along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Baseline Road. The Downtown Hub was added to the South Central Extension light rail project in 2017 to allow regional rail operations of a two-line system and convenient transfers between north-south/east-west in downtown Phoenix. The Downtown Hub includes three new stations with four platforms and additional rail track in the downtown area west of Central Avenue. These changes will make transfers easier for riders and make operations more efficient during special events.
  • Federally-required project contingency. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is taking a more cautious approach by requiring an increase in the contingency budget of 40 percent. In prior light rail projects, the FTA required a 10-25 percent contingency as a part of the overall budget. Contingency is used for unanticipated project costs and is not used if not needed.
  • Increased material and labor costs. The current marketplace is very different from when contractors were initially pricing their work. Due in part to demand, federal tariffs and skilled labor shortages, both material and labor costs have increased.

Our funding partners, including the FTA, continue to be on board for the development of this important transportation project. In July 2019, the FTA provided an initial budget allocation of $100 million (of our more than $500 million grant request) and reaffirmed their commitment to this project. It is anticipated that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) would fund about 40 percent of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub.

More than half of the construction budget of a light rail system is spent on street and utility improvements.

In the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, the result will be completely rebuilding Central Avenue and adjacent areas.

This rebuild will include new street pavement, curb, gutters sidewalks, traffic signals, streetlights, and landscaping, while also replacing most of the underground utilities including water, sewer, power and fiber and gas lines.

The improvements prior to rail installation is a well-deserved and necessary investment for current and future residents of South Phoenix.

Families and individuals along the South Central corridor need and deserve infrastructure improvements and additional public transportation options for convenient access to work, school and more.

Voters approved the extension in 2000, 2004 and in 2015. Prop 104, known as the Transportation 2050 plan, received 75% approval from voters who live along the South Central line. The Phoenix City Council approved the route in 2013, acceleration of the project in 2016 and roadway design in 2014 and again in 2018.

Light rail has proven to generate economic prosperity for historically underserved communities in metro Phoenix. Light rail makes the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to others, attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area.

The South Central community has a great opportunity, for current and future generations, to benefit from this major public infrastructure investment.

South Central Extension is the seventh major light rail project to be built in metro Phoenix. Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix have learned from each of these projects and developed extensive programs to provide business assistance before and throughout construction, in the form of business assessments, special events, customized signage, marketing/social media assistance and accounting/financial planning.

South Central Extension has the largest budget for business assistance needs than any other prior rail project.

Valley Metro has staff available 24/7 to inform and answer questions from business owners and to respond rapidly to any emergencies that may arise from construction.

Valley Metro and construction contractor, Kiewit, have a “courteous” construction plan that entails maintaining business access at all times, safe routes for pedestrians and schools, and localized hiring and spending.

Community input has been and continues to be an important element in the design of the South Central Extension. The design team has incorporated the following elements, based on feedback, into the final design of the project:

  • Increased number of bus pullouts (over 80% of bus stops now have pullouts).
  • Added more and increased the size of landscape areas.
  • Enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
  • 23 additional signalized crosswalks.
  • Over 10 miles of continuous and wider bike lanes.
  • Modified one park-and-ride location to relocate parking closer to the station and identified an alternate location for another park-and-ride to avoid impacts to nearby businesses.
  • Placed Broadway Road station south of intersection to reduce the amount of right-of-way needed.
  • Removed frontage road from the Lincoln Station location to minimize property impacts and maintain local street access.
  • Identified new power substation locations to avoid impacts to property owners.
  • Modified design of roundabouts to reduce impacts and better accommodate bicycles and pedestrians.
  • Added Downtown Hub for easy, convenient transfers between light rail, bus and other modes.

Light rail expands roadway capacity by carrying passengers each day to/from the area and attracting additional customers.

The two-lane design achieves the community’s desire for a pedestrian-friendly environment that includes sidewalks, shade, and dedicated bike lanes, while also limiting property takes.

The two-lane design saves nearly 80 businesses that would have otherwise been wholly or partially torn down to fit four lanes of automobile traffic and the trackway. These kinds of property impacts would have dramatically altered the character of south Central Avenue.

This design improves public safety in this corridor by providing emergency vehicles with easier access to travel along Central Avenue. The two-lane design was reviewed and approved by Phoenix Fire and is safer for all than a four-lane configuration.

Dedicated left/right turn lanes and bus pullouts help to maintain traffic flow.

The Phoenix City Council approved, for the third time, the two-lane design in September 2018.

Valley Metro’s percent-for-arts policy directs up to 1% of the construction budget to be assigned for public art on light rail projects.

Artwork, which involves the community, can bring additional value and pride to transit facilities.

Valley Metro conducted a series of artist workshops prior to the release of the Call to Artists to insure the awareness and participation of local artists in the process.

Artist selection committees are formed, made up of people who live and work near the alignment.

Artists attend public and one-on-one meetings to ensure the local neighborhoods are reflected in the art.

12 of the 18 artists working on art elements for the South Central Extension are local.

Relocation of third-party utilities will begin in downtown Phoenix in fall 2019 in order to meet the hosting requirements of the Super Bowl in 2023. Construction is scheduled to begin on portions of the project in early 2020. The entire length of the extension is expected to open in 2024.

The city of Phoenix cannot and will not rezone property along the corridor without the consent of the property owner. Rather, the process to rezone property is initiated by the property owner.

As part of its review of land use along the route, the city may offer zoning incentives to promote development consistent with transit, but a property owner’s existing legal rights will not be diminished by any zoning action.

No. In August 2015, Phoenix voters approved the Transportation 2050 plan that provides a dedicated revenue source for bus service, light rail service and street improvements through 2050.

There are multiple ways to stay up-to-date on the project. Join the email distribution list by contacting one of the Community Outreach Coordinators, visit valleymetro.org/southcentral and follow us @valleymetro.

Visit us at the South Central Extension Community Office
5040 S. Central Ave., Phoenix
Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, Noon-7p.m.
First and Third Saturday, 9 a.m.–Noon
By appointment Phone: (602) 687-8585