The feds have awarded the city of Phoenix and Valley Metro a $158.1 million construction grant for the Northwest Extension Phase II Light Rail Project.
The 1.6-mile light rail extension, which will be constructed and operated by Valley Metro, will provide frequent, reliable, sustainable, and safe public transportation, helping residents get to work, schools, healthcare facilities, recreational venues and more between downtown Phoenix and the planned redevelopment of the Metrocenter Mall.
The project will provide access to the region’s light rail system for various communities in north and west Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria, and support transit-oriented development in the corridor, including the redevelopment of the Metrocenter Mall site. The light rail extension will link the Metrocenter area to existing regional activity centers including the North Central Avenue office corridor, downtown Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Arizona State University.
The total project cost is $401.3 million with $158.1 million in funding provided through FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. FTA’s CIG Program provides funding for major transit infrastructure capital investments nationwide. Projects accepted into the program must go through a multi-year, multi-step process according to requirements in law to be eligible for consideration to receive program funds.