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Designer selected for Tempe streetcar; project expected to be completed in 2020

TEMPE — The long-awaited construction of the Tempe streetcar took a major step forward this week when the Valley Metro Rail Board of Directors selected Stantec Consulting Services for design work.

The three-mile street car design should be completed in 2017 with construction starting later in the year. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

“Stantec brings tremendous experience and talent to our project, designing streetcar projects across the country,” said Tempe Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Chair Mark Mitchell in a press release. “Stantec also understands our region, having worked on the design of Valley Metro Rail. I’m confident they will ensure that the Tempe Streetcar serves the community’s needs, and we will work together with them to get input from our community throughout the design process.”

Stantec was also involved in the construction of the first 20 miles of the Valley Metro light rail construction that was completed in 2008, as well as the extensions into downtown Mesa and in northwest Phoenix.

The $177 million streetcar project will travel along Rio Salado Parkway from the Marina Heights development west to Mill Avenue. It will loop downtown on Mill and Ash avenues and continue south to Apache Boulevard before turning east to Dorsey Lane and connecting with the Apache/Dorsey light rail station.

The project is being funded by using a mix of federal, regional and local funding sources.

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