The Light Rail Is Coming to Mesa, Baby!

Mesa Light Rail Extension

The Light Rail is Coming to Downtown Mesa

The Station at Mesa Drive

The Station at Mesa Drive

LDS Tempe

LDS Tempe

Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park

The Station at Mesa Drive

Light Rail Station at Mesa Drive in Historic Downtown Mesa – under construction and set to open in 2016.Mesa Drive

I don’t know about you, but I find this very exciting. The light rail – THE LIGHT RAIL – is coming to Downtown Mesa, practically at my doorstep!

Construction is well underway, so I can now see how far I have to stroll to get a ride to Tempe or Downtown Phoenix – you know, those downtowns that charge an arm and a leg for parking?

Have you been to downtown Phoenix lately? It’s crazy! $20 bucks so I can park my car…right! And the meters run ALL THE TIME now! I digress…

This current extension project adds stations at Alma School Road, Country Club Drive, Center Street and Mesa Drive allowing passengers access to the many shops, restaurants, museums and other cultural attractions in the corridor. What a great way to see events at the Mesa Arts Center and the Mesa Amphitheater?

Roads are restricted to one lane all through downtown but guess what? There is plenty of free parking and easy access along 1st Ave and 1st Street. So there’s n reason to miss out on all the fun on Main Street.

When completed, it is projected the Central Mesa extension will average 9,742 weekday riders who can ride the rail and enjoy the wonderful historic downtown Mesa shops and restaurants.

This current extension project is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2015 and should be up and running in early 2016. You can follow the progress and check for updates on this and future projects at the Valley Metro website…and of course I will keep you posted!

Can’t wait!