If you're waiting for the eastbound light-rail train right now, it may be a few more minutes. A guy in a Cadillac just side-swiped the train at 12th Street and Jefferson, just outside our door.
The collision happened about 15 minutes ago, interrupting us with the sound of a "thud" and then screechi ... More >>
Chatting the other day with Hillary Foose, spokeswoman for Metro Light
Rail, we ran into a dead end of confounding numbers. Goes something
like this:The light rail system has two sets of measurements for freeloaders: The average number of people not properly ticketed, according to ticket inspectors, ... More >>
Image: Metro Light Rail
You can help guide the Valley's transportation future at a public forum on Wednesday to discuss how the light-rail system will connect and run alongside Interstate 10 West.
The sequel to the successful launch of the 20-mile starter line is still in the planning phase, but Met ... More >>
Average daily boardings of the Valley's light-rail system dropped in March -- a bad sign with the heat of summer and a substantial fare hike still weeks away.Stats just released by Metro Light Rail estimate that 972,962 riders boarded the system in March. That's an average daily boarding of 31,3 ... More >>
The electric bill for the Metro light rail system is slightly different than yours, naturally.
For one thing, it's not just one bill -- it's about 125 separate bills. There are bills for each station, bills for the juice in the overhead lines that make the 90-foot-long, 50-ton rail cars move ar ... More >>
Sure, one way to look at it is that light-rail ridership "is off to a positive start," as a Valley Metro news release opines. Or, as the Arizona Republic put it this morning in a headline, "Rail ridership tops expectations."That's the glass-half-full version of the story.In fact, the "average weekda ... More >>
A few citations have already been handed out to freeloaders trying to ride the light rail without paying the fare, says Valley Metro spokesman Hillary Foose. She expects to provide the number to media outlets next week.
"The number of people who have been fare-evading has been extremely minimal ... More >>
For the uninitiated, "Arpayaso" is a play on the word "payaso," which means "clown" in Spanish.Do you need another reminder that you live in a police state controlled by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his brown-shirted goons? If so, just take a trip on the Valley Metro Light Rail, which our clownish top con ... More >>
If these two were around today in P-town, the knuckledraggin' KTAR-types'd shoot 'em on sight: Keith Haring (above) and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Ah, let the provincialism roll like a mighty wave of something brown through our benighted Valley, where every time someone hacks a loogie or lets fly an a ... More >>
The headline on azcentral.com today sure got our attention: "Light-rail riders who don't pay will be fined $500."
That's a whole lot more for the same offense than people pay in other cities. For example, New York City charges scofflaws who "jump the turnstile" only $100, bumping up the fine last s ... More >>