Light rail NW extension to open March 2016

Posted at 10:11 AM, Dec 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 12:11:49-05

March, 19, 2016.

That's the date Valley Metro's Light Rail will begin carrying commuters three miles north of 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

For the last two years, constructions crews have been working to complete the northwest extension project.

The extension will allow the train to continue north 3.2 miles on 19th Avenue to Dunlap Avenue. There will also be three new station platforms added at Glendale, Northern and Dunlap avenues.

The new extension has undergone testing since November. The total cost of the project is $327 million.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela and Valley Metro Safety and Security Director Adrian Ruiz announced the opening date during a press conference Thursday morning near Christown Spectrum Mall.

Valenzuela  has been a long-time supporter of the project.

"This 3.2 mile stretch will connect six schools, several places of worship , 300 businesses, most of those small local businesses. This type of infrastructure is important for all of us," Valenzuela said.