Friday, January 02, 2009

The New Light Rail in Phoenix

Phoenix just opened a new light rail system last Saturday that has been in the planning stages for years. They starting charging for rides today, but my wife and I had the pleasure of riding it for free on Monday and Tuesday during the opening celebration of this new addition to public transport in Phoenix. It was completely packed the entire time we were on the train, and it was nice to see so many people interested in checking out the new system. Hopefully now that people have to pay to use the light rail, there is continued use of it as the city does plan on extending the current route. Since we have a lot of experience riding metros in other cities, it was interesting to see a large majority of people without experience learn on the spot how to handle themselves and try not to fall over while the train was moving. 

We don't know Phoenix very well, but on our last trip driving around the city was quite an ordeal. This last visit we were able to take the train to the majority of places we wanted to go. This new light rail seems to be a major improvement in the quality of life for the city, and I hope that the residents there continue to take advantage of it and support its future development. You can read more about it here, here, and here.