Major construction projects bring bus service detours, road closure

Construction on two major projects in downtown Phoenix will lead to changes for commuters and residents beginning in October. The redevelopment of Central Station and construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project will result in modifications for 28 bus routes and the closure of part of Central Avenue to vehicular traffic.

  • Due to construction on the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, beginning October 5, 2020 through the duration of the project construction, Central Avenue will be closed to motorists between Washington and Jefferson Streets.
    • With this road closure, bus riders will use the northeast corner of Washington St/Central Ave to board and deboard.
  • Beginning October 26, 2020 the Central Station Transit Center will be closed while the center is being redeveloped.
    • All local, Express/RAPID and DASH routes that travel through this center will be on detour for approximately three years. View all detoured routes here.
    • Light rail riders will be able to board and alight from the Van Buren/Central Ave and Van Buren/1st Ave stations for the duration of construction.
    • Central Station Pass Sales and Customer Service will be closed from Oct. 19-25. Beginning October 26 through the duration of redevelopment, the office will be moved to the north entrance of the Phoenix Transit Department building, 302 N. 1st Avenue, Suite 120.

These projects will transform the landscape of downtown Phoenix, enhancing the lives of Valley residents by providing greater access and connections.

The new Central Station will be a mixed-use, walkable project that will include retail, workforce housing, and public open spaces. The new development will continue to include a transit center offering connections to light rail and bus routes in the area.

For detailed information on the service detours happening in October, visit Pardon Our Progress.

For more information about the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, visit South Central Extension/Downtown Hub.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. Valley Metro also offers alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following us on  Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter or by visiting

About Transportation 2050: In Aug. 2015, Phoenix voters approved Transportation 2050 (T2050), a 35-year citywide transportation plan. T2050 is overseen by the Citizens Transportation Commission and includes improved frequency on local bus service, new light rail service and stations and major street improvement projects. Funding for T2050 comes from a 7/10ths of a cent city sales tax that started Jan. 1, 2016. Over the life of the plan, the funds are estimated to generate about $16.7 billion, or more than half of the plan’s overall cost. There will be an additional $14.8 billion in federal and county funds, passenger fares and other sources. For more information, visit the T2050 page or follow Phoenix Public Transit, Phoenix Street Transportation and Valley Metro​ on Twitter.​​​

Source: Valley Metro

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