MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ)
The valley's light rail system is getting ready to grow once again; a new three-mile stretch is scheduled to open Saturday.
Business owners along the line hope it will mean more people coming to their area.
There are new stops along Main Street at Alma School, Country Club, Center, and Mesa Drive.
The expansion cost taxpayers $200 million to build, and it was finished seven months ahead of schedule.
The light rail used to stop at Sycamore Street in Mesa, but now it will glide all the way to Mesa Drive.
The extension is 3.1 miles long, and there are four new stations and a park and ride lot, all an effort to transform downtown, Mesa.
"The light rail coming downtown means everything to us, this is our chance to revive this very cool part of Mesa," said Mayor John Giles.
At Lost Dutchman Coffee Roasters, they're expecting a boom in business.
"We're definitely trying to prepare for crazy morning rushes, we have a good team, and we're more than ready and waiting for them all to show up," said Meagan Purvis.
Staying in business has been tough during construction.
"Well we're really glad, it has been a hard two years of construction during the summer, hanging in there and we're very excited," said Victor Kessler.
At Margaritas Grille, they're expecting customers to discover a place they've never been to before.
"I think it will open us up to new customers and faces, establish new connections," said Alex Miller.