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Downtown Phoenix light rail stations to reopen Saturday, restore original schedule

Valley Metro announced this week that all downtown Phoenix light rail stops are reopening Saturday, after some had been closed for more than two months due to construction.

Three stations on Van Buren, Jefferson and Washington streets in Phoenix have been closed since mid-April to update tracks for light rail expansion projects.

Valley Metro’s Brittany Hoffman says the stations are opening a day ahead of schedule.

“Our construction crews were amazing in working together to make sure that we could get the track work done, and then our operations crew was able to start testing early,” said Hoffman.

Hoffman says re-opening the stops will also shift the light rail back to its original schedule, arriving every 15 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on Sundays.

The light will operate on its Sunday schedule, arriving every 20 minutes, for July 4.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.