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Valley Metro's Light Rail Station

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton marked the beginning of construction on Valley Metro Rail’s 50th St/Washington Valley Station—the first capital project under voter-approved Transportation 2050 (T2050)—at a community celebration June 7 on the rooftop of Ability360, a facility for persons with disabilities located on the route.

The station, the first infill station in the Valley Metro Rail system, is scheduled to open in 2019.

The mayor said the project will serve, in part, this “unique community and, as such, was part of the PHX Innovation Games to create concepts that would best serve the users of this station.” The competition called for design concepts that addressed accessibility through architectural plans and demonstrated an understanding for rider comfort, safety and experience.

Station designer Gannett Fleming and construction contractor Stacy and Witbeck worked with a local firm whose design won the Innovation Games to incorporate features to improve accessibility throughout, including a wider platform, enhanced lighting and sun protection.

“The station means added convenience,” said Ability360 employee Jennifer Longdon. “Instead of driving my large van to accommodate my wheelchair, I’ll take the train to work daily and be able to more easily meet my friends downtown without the hassle of having to park.”

T2050, approved in 2015, is a 35-year citywide transportation plan funded with a city sales tax of seven-tenths of a cent. It provides a blueprint for improved frequency on bus service, expanded new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, third from right, and Phoenix Councilmember and Valley Metro Board Chair Thelda Williams, second from right, join other stakeholders in celebrating the beginning of construction of the 50th St/Washington Valley Station. Participants in the event signed a commemorative plaque that will be incorporated into the new station.
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