Northwest light rail extension in Phoenix to open March 19

From left is Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Valley Metro Safety & Security Director Adrian Ruiz

From left is Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Valley Metro Safety & Security Director Adrian Ruiz

On Saturday, March 19, Valley Metro Rail will open its second light rail extension on 19th Avenue in Phoenix, giving more riders regional access to destinations across the Valley.

“This is a significant day for Phoenix,” stated Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, in a press release. “The opening of the Northwest light rail extension will ease travel to school, work and entertainment. With the additional three-miles of track, riders have access to a 26-mile system, making connections from Dunlap Avenue, to downtown Phoenix, Tempe and into the heart of Mesa.”

Mayor Stanton and Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela announced the earlier opening date at a milestone event to celebrate the final phase of the new extension with vehicle testing and safety awareness.

Testing is a critical step in completing the project and will continue up to opening day. Pedestrians and drivers should use vigilance and obey all the traffic rules when near light rail, the release stated.

“The new 3.2-mile extension adds to our already existing 23 miles of light rail connectivity,” stated Phoenix Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela in the release. “Light rail to date has exceeded expectations by generating $8.2 billion in economic development and attracting riders at record levels. The Northwest Extension will connect six schools, places of worship, senior living facilities and approximately 300 businesses. This will provide another massive economic boost for District 5 and Phoenix and provide a crucial connection for thousands to the entire Valley.”

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