Central Phoenix/East Valley Light Rail Transit

Location: Tempe, AZ
Client: Valley Metro Rail

One of the fastest-growing areas in the country, Phoenix and Tempe viewed light-rail transit as an effective means to reduce commute times and highway wear. Yet encouraging summer use of the 20.3-mile system proved a challenge. Otak+Architekton coordinated five different design teams in developing a proprietary cooling system that has acted as the model for all 28 stations. Using this solution, the light-rail program will feasibly connect light-rail commuters with park-and-ride facilities and rapid-transit buses.


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