Rendering of the Downtown Hub station enhancements, part of the South Central Light Rail Extension project.Photo – Valley Metro
The FTA action allows Valley Metro to move forward in its application for a federal Capital Investment Grant (CIG). Entry into the project's next phase also allows for engineering and pre-construction work to continue, including procurement of long-lead special trackwork. The 5.5-mile extension that would connect south central and downtown Phoenix includes nine new stations a transit hub, according to a Valley Metro press release.
Valley Metro is seeking federal funding from FTA’s CIG program. A full funding grant agreement is expected in 2020.
Continued momentum also allows Valley Metro and the city to maintain commitments to Phoenix voters by advancing the project and completing significant portions of underground and roadway work in downtown ahead of Super Bowl 2023, Valley Metro officials said.
Pre-construction work is planned to begin in summer. Underground utility relocation will begin in downtown Phoenix in fall. Construction is scheduled for portions of the line in spring 2020.