Work has been completed on the first of several planned extensions of Phoenix’s Valley Metro light rail system.
“Today, a dream for many becomes reality,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles at the opening of the Central Mesa light rail line.
Completed seven months ahead of schedule, the five-kilometre extension adds four new stations to the network: Main Street, Country Club Drive, Center Street and Mesa Drive.
Celebrations were held at each of the new stations to mark the opening of the extension and passengers were given free passes on the day.
Giles said: “Light rail is rejuvenating downtown Mesa, offering residents and visitors across the Valley an opportunity to travel to new destinations and discover Mesa.”
By 2034, Valley Metro hopes to have completed six new extensions, giving Phoenix a 106-kilometre network.