PROJECT INFO

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Stretching from Sycamore to Mesa Drive on Main Street, this light rail extension is a key piece of the Downtown Focus. Stations will be located at Alma School Road, Country Club Drive, Center Street and Mesa Drive allowing passengers access to the many shops, restaurants, museums and other cultural attractions in the corridor.

The 3.1 mile project is being funded by Regional and Federal Funds. The source of the Regional Funds is Proposition 400, Maricopa County’s half-cent transportation sales tax passed by voters in 2004. Federal matching funds are being applied for through the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts Program.

The project began the design phase in the Fall of 2010. This process will take about 20 months to complete. However, during this process some preliminary work will begin to prepare for construction. This includes the acquisition of real estate and relocation of utilities from the middle of the street to the north or south side of Main Street. 

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When completed, it is projected the Central Mesa extension will average 9,742 weekday riders who can take advantage of the many shops and restaurants in Mesa.

 

During construction, visitors and patrons are encouraged to use the parking lots located behind the businesses. They can be accessed by using Pepper Place to the north and First Avenue to the south.

 

For more detailed information on the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension, please visit metrolightrail.org/centralmesa.

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Construction Update

 

Construction on the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension is under way.  To help you easily navigate the area, look for the latest construction information.

If you would like to receive weekly construction updates via e-mail, please e-mail Rob Antoniak at rantoniak@valleymetro.org

Stay up-to-date on the progress of the construction!  The City of Mesa has cameras stationed along the project to capture the progress of the construction activities.


Photosimulation of downtown Mesa with light rail

BUSINESS SUPPORT

During the construction of the light rail extension, the City of Mesa, METRO and our community partners are committed to providing tools to assist local businesses weather the construction activity.  The Downtown Mesa Association (DMA), Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO), Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and West Mesa Community Development Corporation (WMCDC) have programs to assist businesses before, during and after construction. 

What can you do now to prepare for light rail construction?

  • Get to know the METRO outreach staff.  They can give you the latest project information.
  • Keep on top of the construction schedule and communicate it to your customers.
  • Take advantage of programs and free seminars being offered now on marketing, writing a business plan and record keeping.Downtown Mesa Streetscape
  • Keep a positive attitude.  It will translate to you customers.
  • Look for opportunities to hold events and find new ways to promote your business.
  • Maintain existing customers through mailers or special discounts.
  • Partner with nearby businesses to maximize marketing dollars, share strategies, get new ideas and problem solve.

To learn more about the business support programs being offered before and during construction, please review the Central Mesa Business Assistance factsheet; or contact the METRO Business Outreach Coordinator, Michael Book at (602) 256-5811 or at mbook@valleymetro.org

PARKING: Public parking is located directly behind Main Street and can be accessed from First Street to the north and First Avenue to the south.

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