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Light Rail Hub Coming to Downtown PhoenixLight Rail Hub Coming to Downtown Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass6A3841CC020943719500656EE09903B6"><p>Downtown Phoenix will become the center of light rail as future expansion evolves the service from one line to a true regional system.</p><p> Today, Phoenix City Council approved a new plan that shifts future light rail platforms east on Washington and Jefferson streets between Central and First avenues, and adds a light rail station on Central Avenue between Jefferson and Washington streets – creating an easy configuration for riders to transfer from one train to another.</p><p> "As light rail expands massively, these new platforms make our system more efficient, and maximize connectivity for passengers trying to get downtown, uptown, to the airport and eventually to south Phoenix," said Mayor Greg Stanton.</p><p> City staff from multiple departments have been working with downtown stakeholders and Valley Metro on the plan for months to ensure it meets the needs of not only light rail riders, but also drivers, pedestrians, residents and business owners in the immediate area. In addition, this new approach to light rail in downtown will add additional track at Fifth Street and Third Avenue to provide turnaround locations that enhance service flexibility in the downtown area. </p><p>The new direction will be designed and constructed as part of the South Central Light Rail Extension project, which will be administered by Valley Metro. The five-mile extension will connect downtown Phoenix to Baseline Road, and is being built a decade early thanks to the voter-approved Phoenix Transportation 2050 (T2050) plan, which identified the extension as an important piece of the future of transit in Phoenix.</p><p><strong> About the Phoenix Public Transit Department:</strong></p><p>The Phoenix Public Transit Department provides Phoenix residents a variety of transit options and is the largest member of the Valley Metro regional transit system. Services range from local and commuter buses to alternative transportation for senior citizens and special needs. The city of Phoenix funds transit, and other transportation improvements, through <a href="/publictransitsite/Pages/Transportation%202050.aspx">Transportation 2050</a> (T2050) - a local sales tax approved by Phoenix voters in 2015 – as well as county and federal funds. T2050 allows for enhanced bus service, transit-related technology improvements and fare media upgrades under the leadership of the <a href="/publictransitsite/Pages/Citizens-Transportation-Commission.aspx">Citizens Transportation Commission</a>. Visit us at <a href="/publictransit">phoenix.gov/publictransit</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/phoenixmetrobus">Twitter</a> for the latest news. </p></div>9/27/2017 12:00:00 AMLars Jacoby602-261-8254