What is the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub?

Courtesy of Valley Metro, News/Projects

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub is more than just a train; it’s a way to bring new opportunities and connections to South Phoenix residents. It’s a catalyst for positive change.

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub will connect with the current light rail system in downtown Phoenix and operate south to Baseline Road. The project also includes a hub in downtown Phoenix, new stations and public art.

Today, more than 50,000 riders rely on light rail each day. Light rail has proven to generate economic prosperity for historically underserved communities in metro Phoenix.

Light rail makes the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to others, attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area. In 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved advancing the opening date of the extension from 2034 to 2023. The advancement is funded through Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by Phoenix voters, and is expected to open for operations in 2024.


Stats: 5.5 miles, 9 stations, 18 artists, 2 park-and-rides


South Central Extension Downtown Hub map. Refer to Route description for details.

South Central Extension/Downtown Hub route description

The South Central Extension/Downtown Hub light rail project will begin at McKinley Street between 1st Avenue and Central Avenue creating a loop to the existing Valley Metro Rail. It will continue south on Central Avenue to Baseline Road.

In addition, the new light rail extension will add a Downtown Hub between Washington Street and Jefferson Street. There will be new stops added to create the hub on 3rd Avenue, which will connect to the future Capitol/I-10 West Light Rail Extension Project.

This extension will connect to places like:

  • St. Anthony’s Catholic Church
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center
  • Ed Pastor Transit Center
  • Travis L. Williams Family Services Center
  • St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church.


Schedule 2012-2017: planning, 2017-2019: design, 2019-2024: construction, 2024: completion