Source: Valley Metro
The Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors unanimously approved Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. as the Construction Manager At-Risk (CMAR) for the new 50th Street light rail station. The project is made possible by Transportation 2050 and is the first capital element to be implemented by Phoenix’s voter-approved initiative.
Construction of the first new station along the existing system will serve the communities and future development near 50th Street and Washington. The $23M station will provide access to the Ability360 facility and the neighboring business community, as well as support transit-oriented development planned for the area.
Ability360 offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.
Stacy and Witbeck, along with project partner Sundt, constructed a 10-mile segment of the original 20 miles of light rail that opened in 2008 and the 3.1-mile Northwest Phoenix Extension that opened earlier this year. Gannett Fleming, Inc. is actively working on station design along with landscape architecture and urban design firm, Dig Studio. Dig Studio won top honors at Mayor Stanton’s PHX Innovation Games series last year.
Artist Barbara Grygutis, known for her work in transforming pedestrian and transportation environments, is selected as station artist.
Groundbreaking for the new station is anticipated in early 2017. It is scheduled to open for service in 2019. A special community kick-off celebration will be held in fall of 2016.