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Phoenix's Valley Metro obtains $587 million FTA grant for new light-rail line

The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded a $587.2 million grant to Phoenix’s Valley Metro for the $1.4 billion Central Phoenix/East Valley light-rail line.

Scheduled to open in December 2008, the 19.6-mile, 27-station line will connect the cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa, Ariz., and serve Sky Harbor Airport, Arizona State University, Papago Park Center, the Civic Plaza Convention Center, Bank One ballpark, America West Arena and Sun Devil Stadium.

Operator Valley Metro Rail expects the line to serve about 50,000 weekday passengers by 2020.

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