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The Phoenix City Council earlier this week approved a plan that will add a new Valley Metro light-rail station on Central Avenue in the city's downtown. The plan also calls for shifting some future light-rail platforms east between Central and First avenues. The move is aimed at creating an "easy configuration for riders to transfer from one train to another," according to a press release issued by the City of Phoenix. The changes will be implemented as part of Valley Metro's 5-mile South Central light-rail extension. The route, which will be funded through the Phoenix Transportation 2050 initiative, will connect downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road. "As light rail expands massively, these new platforms make our system more efficient, and maximize connectivity for passengers trying to get downtown, uptown, to the airport and eventually to south Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.For months, city staff have met with downtown stakeholders and Valley Metro to ensure the plan would address needs of drivers, pedestrians, business owners and light-rail riders.