LIGHT RAIL NEWS ARCHIVES

August, 2010

Central Mesa light rail extension one step closer to federal funding

The Federal Transit Administration has approved METRO light rail’s request to enter Project Development for the Central Mesa light rail extension. This marks the first step in receiving federal project approval and ultimately federal funds to build the 3.1-mile extension on Main Street from the current end-of-line at Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive.

“This is a significant milestone for the Central Mesa light rail extension,” said Mesa Vice Mayor and METRO Board Vice Chairman Kyle Jones. “It allows us to begin designing the project that we’ve all worked so hard to develop over the past three years.”

With this approval, preliminary engineering work can begin and will be conducted by Jacobs Engineering. METRO has contracted with Jacobs for preliminary and final engineering that will collectively take approximately two years and be followed shortly by construction. The Central Mesa extension is scheduled for completion in 2016.

“Central Mesa is a solid project,” said Steve Banta, METRO CEO. “While the FTA process is competitive, our project received a favorable rating and should fare well in its application for federal grant money.” The project cost is estimated at $200 million and will be paid for using a mix of regional and federal funds.

For more information on the Central Mesa light rail extension, visit www.metrolightrail.org/centralmesa.

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July 22, 2010

Public input needed for environmental testing for Mesa light rail extension

Citizen input is critical to the City of Mesa’s efforts to obtain a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund environmental research and testing for individual parcels needed for extending light rail on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive. City staff will present the application, answer questions and get input during two public meetings Tuesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 201, 360 E. First St.

The City of Mesa and METRO have been working on a comprehensive environmental assessment for the light rail extension that is part of the federal funding application process. This grant supports the efforts of extending light rail in Mesa.

EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants provide funding for.loping inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, and conducting site assessments and cleanup planning related to brownfield sites, which have real or perceived contamination. Assessment grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanups.

For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/sustainability or contact .lopment and Sustainability Special Projects Manager Laura Hyneman at (480) 644-3844 or laura.hyneman@mesaaz.gov.

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June 20, 2010

Public input needed for environmental testing for Mesa light rail extension

Citizen input is critical to the City of Mesa’s efforts to obtain a $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund environmental research and testing for individual parcels needed for extending light rail on Main Street from Sycamore to Mesa Drive. City staff will present the application, answer questions and get input during two public meetings Tuesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 201, 360 E. First St.

The City of Mesa and METRO Light Rail have been working on a comprehensive environmental assessment for the light rail extension that is part of the federal funding application process. This grant supports the efforts of extending light rail in Mesa.

EPA Brownfields Assessment Grants provide funding for.loping inventories of brownfields, prioritizing sites, conducting community involvement activities, and conducting site assessments and cleanup planning related to brownfield sites, which have real or perceived contamination. Assessment grant funds may not be used to conduct cleanups.

For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/sustainability or contact Development and Sustainability Special Projects Manager, Laura Hyneman at (480) 644-3844 or laura.hyneman@mesaaz.gov.

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May 13, 2010

PHOENIX — The Federal Transit Administration has approved METRO light rail’s request to enter Project.lopment for the Central Mesa light rail extension. This marks the first step in receiving federal project approval and ultimately federal funds to build the 3.1-mile extension on Main Street from the current end-of-line at Sycamore, through downtown Mesa to Mesa Drive.

“This is a significant milestone for the Central Mesa light rail extension,” said Mesa Vice Mayor and METRO Board Vice Chairman Kyle Jones. “It allows us to begin designing the project that we’ve all worked so hard to.lop over the past three years.”

With this approval, preliminary engineering work can begin and will be conducted by Jacobs Engineering. METRO has contracted with Jacobs for preliminary and final engineering that will collectively take approximately two years and be followed shortly by construction. The Central Mesa extension is scheduled for completion in 2016.

“Central Mesa is a solid project,” said Steve Banta, METRO CEO. “While the FTA process is competitive, our project received a favorable rating and should fare well in its application for federal grant money.” The project cost is estimated at $200 million and will be paid for using a mix of regional and federal funds.

For more information on the Central Mesa light rail extension, visit www.metrolightrail.org/centralmesa.