MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- A new 2-mile stretch of the light rail is now in business.

On Saturday, Valley Metro extended the ride from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road and a couple of new spots along Main Street.

Valley Metro celebrated the expansion by hosting a grand opening event Saturday morning. 

“Since light rail opened in Mesa, it’s been a force for revival and renewal,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “Not only does it provide options for our residents to reach important destinations, it has resulted in $240 million of completed economic development projects with more on the way. Without light rail, investment on this scale, over the past few years, would not have occurred.”

The new stations feature eye-catching art by local and national artists with the added distance.

The Valley Metro light rail system expands to 28 miles with 38 stations across Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa.

For more information on the new route, visit


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