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Valley Metro to open 2 more miles of light rail in Mesa on Saturday

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PHOENIX — Valley Metro will open 2 miles of light rail in Mesa with a community celebration Saturday.

The event was be held at the Gilbert Road/Main Street Park-and-Ride from 9 a.m. to noon and featured speeches from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Congressman Greg Stanton.

Valley Metro’s celebration included carnival-style games and food from local businesses.

The extension adds stations at Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road and a park-and-ride and transit center at Gilbert Road and Main Street.

With the addition, the Valley Metro light rail system expands to 28 miles and 38 stations.

In April, the transit agency used 66 tons of water bottles to weigh down light rail cars to test them on the extension.

After the testing was complete, Valley Metro donated more than 115,000 bottles of water to United Food Bank to distribute over the summer.

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