Mesa, located in Maricopa County, is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities. There are solid reasons for Mesa’s growth: low costs of doing business, reasonable tax structure, skilled and well-educated workforce, low crime rate, superior schools, affordable housing and an excellent quality of life.
Mesa is one of the three valley cities that will offer light rail service. METRO is building a premier regional light rail system to enhance mobility and strengthen the economic health of the community. A 20-mile starter line opened in December 2008, and six high-capacity transit corridors are being planned that may include light rail extension lines. In Mesa, that includes 2.7 miles of new transit service extending from the transit center at Sycamore and Main streets. For more information contact METRO at (602) 254-RAIL or www.metrolightrail.org.
Mesa has its own airports, Falcon Field and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, both of which serve private and executive aircraft. Commercial services at Gateway are expanding.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona is “just plane easy®” for commercial passengers. With three expansive runways (10,401 feet; 10,201 feet; and 9,301 feet), a newly remodeled passenger terminal and convenient parking, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is positioned to be a dynamic reliever airport to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is also developing as an international aerospace center with aircraft maintenance, modification, testing and pilot training. Currently, more than 35 aviation companies operate at the airport, generating over $534 million in annual economic activity.
In addition to the area's skilled labor force, excellent year-round flying weather and access to international markets, Gateway’s assets make it a prime location for global-minded companies. The airport has been designated as Foreign Trade Zone #221 as well as a Military Reuse Zone, offering aviation companies a significant financial edge in the global marketplace.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority that includes the City of Mesa, City of Phoenix, Town of Gilbert, Town of Queen Creek and the Gila River Indian Community.
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
5835 S. Sossaman Rd.
Mesa, Arizona 85212 USA
Tel: 480-988-7600 Fax: 480-988-2315
Falcon Field, located 18 miles east of Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona, is home to numerous light aircraft and has many aviation related businesses. Owned and operated by the City of Mesa, Falcon Field is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States. In 2009, it was the fourth-busiest general aviation airport in the country and had over 850 based aircraft. More than 95 businesses call Falcon Field home, and they employ over 1,100 people. Each year over $2.3 billion is contributed to the local economy by the airport and its businesses. It is truly an economic engine for the community.
Falcon Field has land available for lease and offers competitive lease rates and terms for aviation businesses interested in locating on the airport.
Public transportation is available throughout Mesa, with Valley Metro running buses Monday through Saturday. With six park-and-ride sites around the city, Valley Metro provides local circulators and shuttle services throughout Mesa.
State roadways that run through Mesa include Beeline Highway (AZ 87), Hohokam Expressway (AZ 143), Piestewa Parkway (AZ 51), Price/Pima Freeway (AZ 101), Red Mountain Freeway (AZ 202 N) and San Tan Freeway (AZ 202 S). Travelers can also benefit from driving along the U.S. 60 East Superstition Freeway. Interstates include the essential Black Canyon Freeway (I-17), serving as a north-south byway catering to commuters and commerce. Black Canyon Freeway also connects to the Maricopa Freeway (I-10 E) and Papago Freeway (I-10 W), as well as I-40. These interstates are two of the United States’ major east-west byways. Nearly 25 continuous miles of SR Loop 303 are now open to traffic from Interstate 10 to Lake Pleasant Road.