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9/7/2012



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Valley Metro to publicly present information on proposed light-rail extension


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Valley Metro and Mesa, Ariz., officials will hold a public meeting on Sept. 11 to present information on a proposal to extend light-rail service.

The proposal under study would extend light rail on Mesa’s Main Street between Mesa Drive and Gilbert Road. Meeting attendees will be updated on the route alternatives under evaluation, and will be able to view conceptual drawings and learn more about the federally required environmental assessment process, Valley Metro officials said in a prepared statement.

In 2009, Valley Metro, the Mesa City Council and Maricopa Association of Governments approved an alternative to extend light rail five miles on Main Street from Sycamore to Gilbert Road in two phases.

The first phase, already under construction, involves the 3.1-mile Central Mesa light-rail extension from Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive. The second phase to Gilbert Road will extend light rail another 1.9 miles. Although that phase is not yet funded, planning for the Gilbert Road extension is ongoing, Valley Metro officials said.


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