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This map depicts the high capacity transit system in the current Regional Transportation Plan approved by voters in 2004. It shows the current 28-mile light rail system, along with planned future extensions.
The Northwest Extension Phase II project, shown inside the black box on this map, is anticipated to be open to the public in early 2024. As a part of the project, the end-of-line Metrocenter Station will be the first elevated station in Valley Metro’s light rail system. The existing transit center will relocate to below the elevated station. Adjacent to the transit center will be a four-story park-and-ride garage that will be accessible to the station.
High Capacity Transit Project Map
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The map shows current Valley Metro 28-mile light rail system, which stretches from 19th and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix to Gilbert Rd. and Main St. in Mesa. The map also shows the planned light rail extensions to the system. Northwest Extension Phase II, will extend light rail from Dunlap and 19th avenues to the former Metrocenter Mall area (2024 completion). Capital I-10 West Phases 1 and 2, will extend light rail from downtown Phoenix to the west Valley (approximately near I-10 and 91st Ave.). (The phases are estimated to be completed in 2024 and 2030, respectively.) South Central Light rail Extension/Downtown Hub will extend light rail south of downtown Phoenix on Central Ave. to Baseline Rd. (is shown on the map from approximately central and Van Buren heading south and ending at Baseline Road (2024 completion). Tempe Streetcar will be a streetcar connection in the downtown Tempe area near light rail (2021 completion). The Valley Metro Operations and Maintenance Center is located near 48th St. north of the Salt River. It is being expanded to accommodate more vehicles that will be needed with the upcoming addition of streetcar and light rail expansion projects. The expansion completion is planned for 2021. The West Transit Corridor study area is identified on the map with the boundaries: Northern Ave., 43rd Ave., Camelback Rd. and I-17. The Northeast Transit Corridor Study is shown on the map with the boundaries: Paradise Valley Mall, Cactus Rd., SR 51, Indian School Rd. and I-17.
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El mapa muestra el sistema de tren ligero actual de Valley Metro de 28 millas, que se extiende desde las avenidas 19 y Dunlap en Phoenix hasta Gilbert Rd. y Main St. en Mesa. El mapa también muestra las extensiones planificadas del tren ligero para el sistema. La Fase II de la Extensión Noroeste extenderá el tren ligero desde Dunlap y las avenidas 19 hasta la antigua área de Metrocenter Mall (finalización en 2024). Capital I-10 West Fases 1 y 2, extenderá el tren ligero desde el centro de Phoenix hasta West Valley (aproximadamente cerca de I-10 y 91st Ave.). (Se estima que las fases se completarán en 2024 y 2030, respectivamente). South Central Light Rail Extension / Downtown Hub extenderá el tren ligero al sur del centro de Phoenix en Central Ave. hasta Baseline Rd. (se muestra en el mapa desde aproximadamente el centro y Van Buren en dirección sur y termina en Baseline Road (finalización en 2024). Tempe Streetcar será una conexión de tranvía en el área del centro de Tempe cerca del tren ligero (finalización en 2021). The Valley Metro Operations and Maintenance El centro está ubicado cerca de la calle 48 al norte del río Salt. Se está ampliando para dar cabida a más vehículos que se necesitarán con la próxima incorporación de proyectos de expansión de tranvías y trenes ligeros. La finalización de la expansión está prevista para 2021. Estudio del corredor de tránsito occidental El área se identifica en el mapa con los límites: Northern Ave., 43rd Ave., Camelback Rd. e I-17. El estudio del corredor de tránsito del noreste se muestra en el mapa con los límites: Paradise Valley Mall, Cactus Rd., SR 51 , Indian School Rd. E I-17.
In 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity/light rail transit system. With the acceleration, Northwest Phase II will open in 2024 rather than 2026. The advancement is funded through Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by the Phoenix voters in 2015.
The project team finalized the design in April 2020 and is currently working on the engineering drawings, which are required prior to construction.
The Northwest Extension Phase II project will extend light rail from the current end-of-line at Dunlap and 19th avenues west on Dunlap Avenue, then north on 25th Avenue and across I-17 on Mountain View Road, ending on the west side of the freeway near the former Metrocenter Mall.
Northwest Extension Phase II Project Map
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The map shows the current end of line station at Dunlap and 19th Avenues, and shows the Northwest Extension heading west on Dunlap Avenue, then north on 25th Avenue and across I-17 on Mountain View Road alignment, ending on the west side of the freeway near the former Metrocenter Mall.
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El mapa muestra la estación actual del final de la línea en Dunlap y las avenidas 19, y muestra la extensión del noroeste hacia el oeste en la avenida Dunlap, luego hacia el norte en la avenida 25 y cruzando la I-17 en la alineación de Mountain View Road, que termina en el lado oeste de la autopista. cerca del antiguo centro comercial Metrocenter.
Design work for the project began in 2017 and was completed in April 2020. Throughout this timeframe, multiple public and stakeholder meetings were conducted to provide information and seek feedback from the community, which was used to help transform the corridor into the completed design.
To reduce file size, the design drawings are separated into roadway corridors and available using the buttons below. To view a computer simulation of the Metrocenter Station, please click on the last button.Dunlap Avenue 25th Avenue Mountain View Road Metrocenter Station Simulation Ver la versión en español del formulario de diseño de pasillo
As with any major public works project, light rail construction will cause some temporary challenges to businesses and residents in the area. You can expect traffic restrictions, sidewalk limitations, and some noise and dust during the construction period.
Valley Metro is committed to minimizing construction impacts and maintaining a safe environment. During the entirety of construction, a clear path will be provided for pedestrians. In addition, a Community Outreach Coordinator and Business Assistance Coordinator will be working full-time to provide the latest information, issue resolution and business assistance opportunities to neighboring residents and business owners and to address their concerns.
Information will be provided through personal contact, public meetings, door hangers, mailers, email, the project app (Construct VM) and social media.
The Northwest Extension Phase II is scheduled to begin construction in August 2020. The schedule shows the major project activities and the approximate durations. Note that timeframes are approximate and can be subject to change. Click image below to enlarge.
Valley Metro features public art at each light rail station and at select adjacent facilities.
Northwest Extension Phase II will feature public art pieces from seven artists. Five of the artists are local and two are national. All the artists' designs are now final.
The interactive map features the light rail public art and includes renderings and information about the artists, including their inspiration and background.
Select the purple boxes below to learn moreSusan ZoccolaMetrocenter Transit Center/ Park-and-Ride Oliverio BalcellsMetrocenter Transit Center Laurie LundquistMetrocenter Station Mary ShindellI-17 Bridge / Ramp / Metrocenter Traction Power Substation Janelle Stanley25th Ave / Mountain View Rd Traction Power Substation Mary Lucking25th Ave / Mountain View Rd Station Pete Goldlust25th Ave/Dunlap Ave Station
Valley Metro provides dedicated business assistance staff and programs to all businesses along the light rail route.
In late September 2020, an online Business Owners Forum will provide the opportunity for Northwest Extension Phase II business representatives to hear from other business owners who have experienced light rail construction. Please fill out the form below if you are a Northwest Extension Phase II business representative interested in participating in this forum.
For more information, contact Valley Metro’s Business Assistance Coordinator, Bree Boehlke, at 602.256.5822 or email@example.com.
Business Owners Forum
Please complete the fields below to express your interest in participating in the online Business Owners Forum in late September 2020. (Multiple representatives from each business may attend; please RSVP separately.)Ver la versión en español del formulario
Construction Advisory Board
A key component of Valley Metro’s Construction Outreach Plan is the formation of a Construction Advisory Board (CAB) to serve as the voice for the affected community during light rail construction. The CAB is comprised of residents, property owners and business representatives directly impacted by light rail construction. The role of CAB members is to review and evaluate the performance of Valley Metro’s contractor as it relates to minimizing impacts to the community during construction. The CAB is anticipated to start meeting in early 2021 and will meet once per month through duration of construction (late 2023).
If you are interested in serving as a CAB member, please click on the button below and complete the online application form by Tuesday, September 15, 2020. If you have any questions about the CAB, please contact Valley Metro’s CAB Coordinator, Bree Boehlke, at 602.256.5822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Apply for the Construction Advisory Board (English)
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Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives. The Northwest Extension Phase II is more than just a light rail extension project. During construction, Valley Metro will offer workforce development programs for grade school and high school students, as well as others interested in construction jobs.
Each program will be tailored to the participants' age ranges and will provide information on careers in the design, engineering or construction fields.
If you or someone you know is interested in a project workforce development program, please click on the appropriate button below to complete an online interest form.
Please complete the fields below to inform us about your interest in participating in the Northwest Extension Phase II grade school workforce development program. Applicants will be contacted with more details by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.Versión en español
Please complete the fields below to inform us about your interest in participating in the Northwest Extension Phase II high school workforce development program. Applicants will be contacted with more details by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.Versión en español
Please complete the fields below to inform us about your interest in participating in the Northwest Extension Phase II Skilled Worker Training workforce development program. Applicants will be notified about their selection by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.Versión en español
Questions & Answers
You can view the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on each question below. In addition, you can submit general comments/questions by clicking on the comment button on the top right of any page.
Northwest Extension Phase II extends light rail from the 19th Ave./Dunlap Ave. Station to the former Metrocenter Mall. It will travel west on Dunlap Avenue, north on 25th Avenue, west on Mountain View Road and across I-17 with a terminus on the west side of I-17 near Metrocenter Mall. The extension includes three stations: 25th Ave./Dunlap Ave., 25th Ave./Mountain View Rd. and Metrocenter. The project includes a transit center and park-and-ride at the former Metrocenter Mall.
The extension is currently planned for operation in 2024. This timeline has advanced from 2026 with the passage of Phoenix Prop. 104 (Transportation 2050) in 2015. The design phase was completed in April 2020 and construction is anticipated to begin in August 2020. Community outreach occurs prior to and throughout construction.
Previous studies reviewed the option of crossing I-17 at Dunlap Avenue and concluded that crossing at this location was not preferred for the following reasons:
- The current Dunlap Avenue roadway bridge spanning I-17 cannot structurally accommodate light rail transit (LRT) without significant large-scale modifications; therefore, it requires a separate LRT bridge adjacent to Dunlap Avenue.
- Crossing I-17 adjacent to Dunlap Avenue and accessing the former Metrocenter Mall area from the south would require additional property acquisition, including existing buildings and businesses near I-17 and Dunlap Avenue.
- The intersection at I-17 and Dunlap Avenue can be high-volume during peak periods, providing limited capacity for light rail train movements. Using a dedicated bridge for light rail trains will lessen the impact on traffic flow across Dunlap Avenue.
- Turning light rail on 25th Avenue provides passengers more direct access to the employment, medical services, recreation and education opportunities located along 25th Avenue.
Inclusion of automobiles, pedestrians and bicyclists on the new I-17 light rail bridge at Mountain View Road has been studied. Inclusion of automobiles would require a significantly wider bridge and additional property acquisition, including existing buildings and businesses.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will have two options to cross I-17 between Dunlap and Peoria avenues:
- The existing multi-use path under the I-17 near the Arizona Canal will remain. A new pedestrian/bicycle traffic signal will be added on 25th Avenue to help pedestrians and bicyclists safely cross the roadway and light rail tracks while traveling on or accessing the multi-use trail.
- Pedestrians and bicyclists can cross I-17 by boarding at the 25th Ave/Mountain View Rd. Station and exiting at the Metrocenter Station.
Right-of-way impacts for the Northwest Extension Phase II are still being evaluated. City of Phoenix and Valley Metro will work closely with the individuals that are potentially affected by the proposed alignment.
The extension will open when the entire project is complete.
We are planning to provide security officers on-site at the transit center 24/7.
- 2004: Northwest Extension route approved by Phoenix City Council and Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors.
- 2007: Project split into two phases.
- 2014: Phoenix City Council approved the I-17 crossing.
- 2016: Phase I opened (19th and Montebello Avenue to 19th and Dunlap Avenue).
- 2016: Phoenix City Council approved accelerating the opening date of Phase II from 2026 to 2024. (Funded by Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters in 2015.)
- 2018: 30% design was completed and shared with the public at an October meeting. The project designers and public artists were selected.
- 2019: Phase II completed 60% of its design work. Community outreach was vital during this period with public and stakeholder meetings.
- 2020: Project design was completed in April 2020; construction is anticipated to begin in August 2020.
The closing of Metrocenter Mall is unfortunate; however, the city is working with the property owners to attract a developer motivated to redevelop the area similar to the revitalization seen at Park Central. For additional information on development of the mall property, please contact Jeff Stapleton, Program Manager with the city of Phoenix, Community and Economic Development Department, at 602.534.3162 or email@example.com.
A primary focus of the pre-construction and construction phases is to prepare businesses for potential impacts. During the current pre-construction phase, there is a custom business assistance program for each new extension – designed to best serve the specific business community of that area. Valley Metro and city of Phoenix will provide business assistance before and during construction. Valley Metro’s custom business assistance program includes special events, customized signage, marketing/social media assistance and accounting/financial planning.
Valley Metro fare inspection is conducted by uniformed security officers. Valley Metro fare evasion averages about 5%, meaning that 95% of riders are using valid fare.
Due to rigorous safety and security efforts, crimes in the major categories are negligible. Criminal activity or infractions that do occasionally occur on board vehicles or at stations are largely less severe and nonviolent in nature. Valley Metro security officers continually engage, educate and influence rider behavior to help prevent or deter any type of infraction. Valley Metro constantly monitors activity and evaluates safety and security enforcement, expanding enforcement as needed and based on increased service and ridership.
Voters approved the extension in 2000, 2004 and 2015; 75% of those who live along the line voted in favor of Prop. 104, known as Transportation 2050, which provides the local funding for the extension.
Opening on December 27, 2008, the initial 20 miles of light rail was a vision realized for community members and city leaders who had a dream more than a decade earlier. In 2018, Valley Metro developed the Building Communities + Enhancing Lives, A Quality of Life Report that examined progress in achieving that early vision, defined by four key goals: connecting communities, driving the economy, enhancing customer experience and fostering community health. The report concludes the Valley’s light rail system:
- Increases job and educational opportunities by providing an affordable, convenient and higher capacity transportation option.
- Offers freedom to connect to regional destinations, such as restaurants, museums and sporting events.
- Boosts economic development by attracting new businesses, jobs and customers.
- Provides a mix of mobility solutions today and for the future.
Heavy construction will begin in August 2020, but activity has begun in the area with some survey work. Project construction is expected to be complete in late 2023.
Phoenix Transportation 2050 plans add 42 miles of new light rail. The ballot measure includes a proposed extension to ASU West from Metrocenter; however, this extension has not been finalized as a part of the county’s Regional Transportation Plan.
You have questions. We have answers.
To view a running list of questions submitted by online public meeting attendees, along with responses from the Northwest Extension Phase II project team, click below.
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