[Source: Sean Holstege, Arizona Republic] — Metro light rail planners today will issue their first in a wave of recommendations that will push the new rail-transit system outward across the Valley. That recommendation: 2.7 new miles of track, with four more stations, extending the rail line along Main Street into downtown Mesa. The plan, reached after a two-year study, takes Metro into the core of its second phase of development. The system opened a 20-mile starter line last December.
This summer, other studies will issue findings on the best way to extend the system into south Tempe and west from downtown Phoenix. For each new extension, planners attempt to define the best route and the best mode of transit. They have the option of considering rapid buses, which are cheaper to put into service, instead of building more track. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]