Phoenix

The five-mile extension will connect South Phoenix to the regional light rail system, operating from downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road.

Project engineers mentor local students

Valley Metro is offering a one-of-its-kind STEM-focused program in South Phoenix. Engineers of the Future is a mentorship program for seventh and eighth grade students along the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub. Engineers working on the light rail extension are mentoring students during the school year and provide support on student design projects. As part of the program, students recently visited Arizona State University in Tempe, learning more about higher-education and meeting with students and faculty. 

"Engineers of the Future has helped me understand math better and do better in my classes too,” said Jasmine Romero, Engineers of the Future student from Cesar Chavez Community School.

Engineers of the Future is one of the programs being offered to the community as part of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub career and student development plan. To learn more about the program click here.

Other career and student development opportunities currently available:

Students in the classroom during meeting with Valley Metro engineer

Thank you for your input

We appreciate all those who came out to the city of Phoenix and Valley Metro open house-style meetings this past week. All the materials from the meetings are available under the Design Update Public Meetings tab. Community input has been and continues to be an important element in the design of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub.

The design team has worked to incorporate community feedback into the final design of the project; here are some highlights:

  • Increased the number of bus pullouts (over 80% of bus stops now have pullouts)
  • Added more and increased the size of the landscaped areas
  • Enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities
    • 23 additional signalized crosswalks
    • Over 10 miles of continuous and wider bike lanes
  • Modified one park-and-ride location to relocate parking closer to the station
  • Identified an alternate location for a park-and-ride to avoid impacts to nearby businesses
  • Identified new power substation locations to avoid impacts to property owners
  • Removed the frontage road from the Lincoln Street station platforms on First and Central avenues to minimize impacts and maintain local street access
  • Added Downtown Hub for easy, convenient transfers between light rail, bus and other transit modes
  • Placed Broadway Road station south of the intersection to reduce the amount of right-of-way needed

People looking at project boards at the South Central Extension public meeting

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub is in the design phase

On September 26, 2018, the Phoenix City Council voted to continue to move forward with the current two-lane design for the South Central/Downtown Hub Light Rail Extension. The vote followed a previous council decision, which requested Valley Metro look into a four-lane design and conduct extensive community outreach. With council approval, Valley Metro staff and city of Phoenix will continue to advance the project and work closely with the community.

  • Valley Metro is continuing to survey the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub to identify locations of underground utilities.
  • Surveying will cover the entire light rail alignment from Baseline Road to the downtown area with an expected ending period in early 2019.

If you have additional questions, please contact one of the Community Outreach Coordinators listed below. Thank you.

Julie Cruz Gilfillan, jcruz@valleymetro.org

Julie Smith, jmsmith@valleymetro.org

Athena Sanchez, asanchez@valleymetro.org

What is the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub?

  • The extension will connect with the current light rail system in downtown Phoenix, and operate south to Baseline Road.
  • The expansion adds new stations, track, and art elements to the project, and will make the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to people around the Valley; attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area.
  • The project also includes a transit hub in downtown Phoenix, improving access to educational opportunities, entertainment and employment centers around the Valley. 
  • With the voter-approved Transportation 2050 citywide transportation plan, the timeline for the South Central/Downtown Hub Light Rail Extension was advanced by 11 years. In January 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved advancing the opening date of the South Central/Downtown Hub Light Rail Extension from 2034 to 2023. Learn more about T2050.

Exterior of the south central extension community office.

Stop By and Say Hi!

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub Community Office is open at 5040 S. Central Ave, Phoenix.

Visit us during the following office hours:

Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, noon-7 p.m.

First and Third Saturday- 9 a.m.-noon

During office hours or by appointment, community members and business owners will be able to visit with project staff to ask questions and learn more about the extension, or get more information on upcoming business assistance programs. To make an appointment, call the office at (602) 687-8585.

“This is your office,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to the South Central Phoenix community at the ribbon cutting ceremony on February 26, 2018. “Any questions you have about this project just call or pop right in.” 

Valley Metro and city of Phoenix kept a strong focus on staying local when creating the office. The office space is leased by a local property owner, a local contractor completed the renovations, the furniture is from the furniture store next door, and the eye-catching exterior mural was created by a Phoenix artist.

“This truly is a partnership,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “Not just with Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix, but with the community.”

View more photos of the office opening at flickr.com/valleymetro.

Ribbon cutting at the South Central Extension Community Office

Project engineers mentor local students

Valley Metro is offering a one-of-its-kind STEM-focused program in South Phoenix. Engineers of the Future is a mentorship program for seventh and eighth grade students along the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub. Engineers working on the light rail extension are mentoring students during the school year and provide support on student design projects. As part of the program, students recently visited Arizona State University in Tempe, learning more about higher-education and meeting with students and faculty. 

"Engineers of the Future has helped me understand math better and do better in my classes too,” said Jasmine Romero, Engineers of the Future student from Cesar Chavez Community School.

Engineers of the Future is one of the programs being offered to the community as part of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub career and student development plan. To learn more about the program click here.

Other career and student development opportunities currently available:

Students in the classroom during meeting with Valley Metro engineer

Thank you for your input

We appreciate all those who came out to the city of Phoenix and Valley Metro open house-style meetings this past week. All the materials from the meetings are available under the Design Update Public Meetings tab. Community input has been and continues to be an important element in the design of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub.

The design team has worked to incorporate community feedback into the final design of the project; here are some highlights:

  • Increased the number of bus pullouts (over 80% of bus stops now have pullouts)
  • Added more and increased the size of the landscaped areas
  • Enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities
    • 23 additional signalized crosswalks
    • Over 10 miles of continuous and wider bike lanes
  • Modified one park-and-ride location to relocate parking closer to the station
  • Identified an alternate location for a park-and-ride to avoid impacts to nearby businesses
  • Identified new power substation locations to avoid impacts to property owners
  • Removed the frontage road from the Lincoln Street station platforms on First and Central avenues to minimize impacts and maintain local street access
  • Added Downtown Hub for easy, convenient transfers between light rail, bus and other transit modes
  • Placed Broadway Road station south of the intersection to reduce the amount of right-of-way needed

People looking at project boards at the South Central Extension public meeting

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub is in the design phase

On September 26, 2018, the Phoenix City Council voted to continue to move forward with the current two-lane design for the South Central/Downtown Hub Light Rail Extension. The vote followed a previous council decision, which requested Valley Metro look into a four-lane design and conduct extensive community outreach. With council approval, Valley Metro staff and city of Phoenix will continue to advance the project and work closely with the community.

  • Valley Metro is continuing to survey the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub to identify locations of underground utilities.
  • Surveying will cover the entire light rail alignment from Baseline Road to the downtown area with an expected ending period in early 2019.

If you have additional questions, please contact one of the Community Outreach Coordinators listed below. Thank you.

Julie Cruz Gilfillan, jcruz@valleymetro.org

Julie Smith, jmsmith@valleymetro.org

Athena Sanchez, asanchez@valleymetro.org

What is the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub?

  • The extension will connect with the current light rail system in downtown Phoenix, and operate south to Baseline Road.
  • The expansion adds new stations, track, and art elements to the project, and will make the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to people around the Valley; attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area.
  • The project also includes a transit hub in downtown Phoenix, improving access to educational opportunities, entertainment and employment centers around the Valley. 
  • With the voter-approved Transportation 2050 citywide transportation plan, the timeline for the South Central/Downtown Hub Light Rail Extension was advanced by 11 years. In January 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved advancing the opening date of the South Central/Downtown Hub Light Rail Extension from 2034 to 2023. Learn more about T2050.

Exterior of the south central extension community office.

Stop By and Say Hi!

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub Community Office is open at 5040 S. Central Ave, Phoenix.

Visit us during the following office hours:

Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, noon-7 p.m.

First and Third Saturday- 9 a.m.-noon

During office hours or by appointment, community members and business owners will be able to visit with project staff to ask questions and learn more about the extension, or get more information on upcoming business assistance programs. To make an appointment, call the office at (602) 687-8585.

“This is your office,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to the South Central Phoenix community at the ribbon cutting ceremony on February 26, 2018. “Any questions you have about this project just call or pop right in.” 

Valley Metro and city of Phoenix kept a strong focus on staying local when creating the office. The office space is leased by a local property owner, a local contractor completed the renovations, the furniture is from the furniture store next door, and the eye-catching exterior mural was created by a Phoenix artist.

“This truly is a partnership,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “Not just with Valley Metro and the city of Phoenix, but with the community.”

View more photos of the office opening at flickr.com/valleymetro.

Ribbon cutting at the South Central Extension Community Office

Project Contacts

Contact a Community Outreach Coordinator to receive project updates:

Julie Cruz Gilfillan

Downtown - Lincoln
Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 495-8274

Julie Smith

Lincoln - Broadway
Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 744-5563

Athena Sanchez

Broadway - Baseline
Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 523-6032

Flor D. Mason

Business Assistance Program Coordinator

(602) 523-6032

Victoria T. Bray

Community Outreach Coordinator/Business Assistance Program Coordinator

(602) 495-8284