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Phoenix Light Rail - Tips For Taking the Train

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At the Train Stations: Schedules, Platforms, Announcements
Train at the Station in Phoenix

Train at the Station

© 2009 Judy Hedding

METRO light rail trains depart stations at each end of the route every 12 minutes from about 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every 20 minutes at other times. Trains start running at about 4:15 a.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. weekends and holidays. The last full trip of the day on Monday through Thursday begins at 11 p.m., arriving at the opposite end of the line at midnight. On Friday nights and and Saturday nights (Saturday and Sunday mornings) the last full trip is at 2 a.m., arriving at the opposite end of the line at 3 a.m. These times are all approximate and are changed slightly from time to time. Here is a detailed schedule.

There are two public restrooms. There is one at the Tempe Transportation Center (5th Street and Forest Avenue) and Central Station in downtown Phoenix (Central Avenue and Van Buren Street). If you purchase any pass other than a single ride, you may certainly use these facilities and then get back on the train at no extra charge. Most businesses along the train route restrict the use of their restrooms to paying customers.

Water fountains are available on every station platform.

Detailed maps of stations and park and ride facilities are usually available on station platforms.

Every one of the 28 METRO light rail stations has unique artwork integrated into the design of the platform with an explanatory plaque.

For news on delays or upcoming route or schedule changes, listen for announcements at light rail stations or watch the station marquees. There may also be signs at the stations about changes due to special events and there will be announcements available through the local media.

Although it is not operational at this writing (January 2009) the METRO light rail system intends to have a system in place to let passengers on the platform know how long it will be until the next train arrives. At this time, you really have no way of knowing.

All prices, restrictions and conditions are subject to change without notice.

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