On Wednesday, June 3, Valley Metro will celebrate the fifth milestone for the Central Mesa light rail extension and residents are invited. The 9 a.m. event will mark the arrival of light rail trains to downtown Mesa.
A commemorative pin, fifth in the series, will be available. The event will be held at Mesa City Hall Plaza, 20 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.
“We are entering a final stage of this project,” Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Board Rail Board Chair Dennis Kavanaugh said in a press release. “This is an event we’ve been anticipating since breaking ground in May 2012. Having the trains travel farther into Mesa is an incredible moment for Mesa residents and local businesses.”
During testing, trains will be moving on Main Street from Sycamore Street to Mesa Drive. It allows for a full inspection of the system, including track and overhead wire, and operations staff training.
“A major component of system testing is safety. Testing and training will ensure the 3.1-mile extension is a safe and reliable addition to the entire transit network,” Ray Abraham, Valley Metro chief operations officer, said in the release. “We ask that pedestrians and drivers use vigilance and obey all the traffic rules when near light rail.”
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