Stanton: 'Northwest Light Rail extension and economic boost'

June 20, 2012

Greg Stanton for News Releases

Caption:      Mayor Greg Stanton

Mayor Greg Stanton released the following statement today about the City Council’s vote to move forward with construction on the northwest extension of METRO Light Rail:

“I have consistently said we can only be a great city if we have a great transit system, and the backbone of that system is the light rail. The Northwest Extension Project is a significant milestone for our city and our region — it will create jobs, further connect our community with sustainable transportation options, and create new economic development opportunities. Light Rail’s community support and growing ridership have created the momentum to connect more of our city’s neighborhoods to our transit system and we’ve got to continue that growth.

Background:

  • At least 1,000 jobs will be created as a part of the project.
    The 3.2-mile extension goes north on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap avenues.
    It includes three new stations:

o   19th and Glendale avenues 
o   19th and Northern avenues
o   19th and Dunlap avenues 

  • It includes a new 500-space park-and-ride facility at the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap Avenue.
  • A 12 percent increase in daily weekday passengers is expected. 
  • Groundbreaking ceremony likely will take place by the end of 2012, and operations will begin in late 2015.

Video opportunity

‘Dump the Pump’ Event: Mayor Stanton to ride the Light Rail

When: Thursday, June 21 at 1 p.m.

Where: Central Avenue and Camelback Road Light Rail station, eastbound train
 

Media Contact:

Sarah Muench 602-262-7111