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Planners want light rail to run further into Mesa

(File photo)

(File photo)

Transit planners say they want the light rail line to run further into Mesa than what was originally planned.

A study is expected to begin soon on an extension to Gilbert Road.

The original plans called for Metro Light Rail to extend to Mesa Drive in 2016, but a study shows higher ridership by going two more miles to the east.

The East Valley Tribune reports that planners see Gilbert Road’s access to the Loop 202 and its busy bus line as more attractive to commuters than Mesa Drive.

The $200 million extension to Mesa Drive is funded locally, though some federal funding is in question. The Gilbert Road extension is unfunded. The Tribune says it would likely cost $140 million to $160 million to extend the line to Gilbert Road.

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