From the article: Phoenix Light Rail - Tips For Taking the Train
Phoenix introduced the METRO Light Rail system in December 2008. Of course, there were opposing viewpoints from the very beginning of the project. Now that light rail is here and running, do you think it is a good deal? Do you use it? Do you like it? Success or Failure?
- I must have ridden the light rail the same time as BEM. Although I think the concept is terrific, it is ashame that it is not monitored better. There were several people passed out in the seats(they were removed before we got underway)but it did smell pretty bad. Also, there was no one checking tickets, so I am guessing that if you are a frequent rider and aware of this, it's pretty easy to just jump on and ride for free. Metro should find a way to monitor this and perhaps the system would be profitable. Has to be a much better way.
Didn't Feel Safe
- On a visit in July 2012 we had problems with Light Rail, first with very confrontational vets in wheelchairs making us aware in no uncertain terms that our seats were geared to flip up to allow them space! (How would we know?) Then I, disabled with knee problems, was forced to GO UP SEVERAL STEPS in order to find a seat! They didn't realize that disabled people are not all in wheelchairs when they designed these unfriendly cars. On several trips, older teens/young adult men were unpleasantly panhandling. One time I sat in a seat that was wet and was grossed out the whole day (especially since a previous car had smelled of urine), not knowing what I'd sat in. NOBODY ever checked for tickets at various times the entire week we rode, nor was there any kind of security oversight. We learned that safety and welfare on Light Rail had been outsourced and the Police had no jurisdiction! You should definitely explore whether this short-sighted plan is leading to deterioration of the service.
- Rode for the first time, was great, fast, only $3.50. Would've paid much more for gas & parking if we drove.
- —Guest pookie
- I wanted to buy my light rail tickets via the internet until I see that it takes one week to receive them. What a bunch of crap! Get with it---this is 2011. Haven't you ever heard of printing off the tickets at home.
- —Guest Budda
light rail ftw!
- The article has the fair prices listed incorrectly, it is $5.25 for an all day when purchased on the bus & $3.50 when purchased at bus stations & such. To Jim P. I agree, I think it would be extremely smart if the bus operated later hours to help reduce the number of DUI's. To xlegal2, not everyone has a car to drive to the light rail let alone anywhere else, so just because your fat lazy ass can't get use out of it, doesn't mean others can't. - - - [Comment from About.com Guide: I could not find a page with the incorrect information, but I have thousands of pages, too. Next time, please include the URL if you found incorrect information somewhere. Thanks.]
- —Guest åNøNÿMôU§
No Wonder You're Losing Money
- I have ridden the light rail probably 12 to 15 times--sometimes to Phoenix, sometimes to DBack games. Out of all of those times, only 3 times has someone come by to stamp our ticket. Why can't they have something to slide your card through? I know it would slow things down, but at least you'd have paying customers.
- —Guest Failure
- rode it for graduation at ASU when Obama was in town (amoung othertimes). Love it. Feels like being in a real city.
- —Guest hex
- a great step forward the the cowtown that is Phoenix AZ. I love Phoenix and AZ. More and better public transit is needed.
- —Guest howie lee
lite rail is FINE
- I went to a Diamondback'a game using the Lit rail for the first time. It was smooth quiet efficient and clean. Also If you consider the cost of gas and parking we saved money taking the lite rail. All that and comfort too.
Connect to Mesa Resorts
- I have used the bus service in conjunction with the light rail to get from Main Street and Greenfield in Mesa to and back from Sky Harbor. although time is lengthy, I enjoy the ride and I am not in a hurry.
- —Guest Chuck
- I have been down to the Phoenix,Az. twice. Once in late August 2009. Then again in just before Christmas 2009. I used the Airport Terminal Bus to get me to the LRT Line. I then got off at the Station closet to Mills Ave. Then I walked South down toward University where the #32 Bus goes to the Legacy Golf Resort. ( Love that 118 F Hot Summer Heat.) The LRT is extremely handy. The Legacy Golf Resort is only 6 Miles from Sky Habour International Airport. It is really close to Baseline Road. I walked to Basline Road from the Legacy in the Summer Time. I walked South along Central all the way up to Dobbins Lookout. Then East to the Buna Vista, all the way down the National Trail wearing just my shorts. No sunscreen, no shirt, in the Sun for at least 8 Hours. I got a pretty nice Suntan. I am Olive Skinned. I do not peel or burn. I guess I am really noticing the differance here in Calgary, Alberta. Because of its close location to the Rocky Mountains the temperature rarely gets above 86F.
- —Guest Mark Desy
- i ride it everyday and it is a success. people with money prolly don't like it but who cares
- —Guest hoosh
- Riding the light rail to Chase Field is a no brainer to me. No rush-hour traffic to contend with, no parking fees. Driving to the Park and Ride in Mesa is great, wait times are no problem, you're with other fans. Who wouldn't use it to get to the games.
- —Guest Winter Visitor
But How Long Does It Take?
- I've looked all over the web page to determine how long it would take to get from location A to B on Light Rail to plan accordingly. No Answer there. - - - - Reply From the About.com Phoenix Guide: You can see the entire schedule for every station every day of the week at the following page (copy and paste it into your browser): http://www.valleymetro.org/images/uploads/lightrail_publications/METRO_Rail_Schedule_10_26_09.pdf
- —Guest Native Phoenician
- Twenty years ago I visited Phoenix for a business meeting. Saw a lovely hotel but not much else. I'm coming back soon,another business meeting, and can hardly wait to ride the light rail. Use it all the time here at home. I sit and talk with friends, work on my knitting, plan my day, and sometimes meet new and interesting people. Then I go to the office without feeling frazzled from fighting the traffic. Hope to see your system expand so most people in the area can enjoy it.
- —Guest Guest from PA
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