The Bay Area's Nobunny will terrorize the Trunk Space on Saturday night. There are gonna be two kinds of people in the Valley this weekend: Those who can afford to go to Fall Frenzy, and those who can't. Given the $50-$60 price tag for tickets, its to be expected that a few thrifty types might consi ... More >>
It was a sluggish summer for Metro light rail, but ridership is ramping up again thanks to a new semester at Arizona State University. Officials estimate the trains were boarded 882,328 times in August, which was far more than in either June or July. Traffic on the rail dropped from a high ... More >>
Silent Witness is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the death of an Anthem resident. Richard Smith, 59, was killed in his home in early August, in what police believe began as a home invasion...As school reconvenes, Gilbert police are warning students a ... More >>
wikipedia.comThe piss poor economy is driving people across the Valley to the poorhouse, and apparently, they're taking the light rail to get there.Despite the struggling economy, Valley Metro ridership is up 15 percent from last year, partly due to the addition of the light rail, but also becaus ... More >>
www.valleymetro.org (image on left)The hundreds of millions of dollars the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa fronted for the federal portion of the Light Rail Transit Project will soon be almost completely repaid, thanks to a $90 million reimbursement from the federal government. The $587. ... More >>
The Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition, which has numerous Valley organizations as members, is giving Metro Light Rail and Valley metro an award for helping the disabled. Valley Metro runs the Valley's buses and oversees the light rail system. The public transportation agencies were chos ... More >>
Light rail ridership dropped to its lowest level yet in June, averaging less than 30,000 boardings a day. [You can be sure unpaid boardings make up a healthy fraction of that number]. Metro Light Rail and its boosters have plenty of excuses for the dwindling ridership, some of which ... More >>
People who plan on attending July 4 events in Phoenix or Tempe can buy their light rail passes now, allowing them to avoid long lines at fare boxes to validate tickets. Buying before the July 1 fare increase (an all-day pass is going to $3.50) will also let riders save a buck. Whi ... More >>
We heard back from Rick Simonetta, CEO for Metro Light Rail, this week in response to our questions about the six-month-old system's ticket-inspection processes. Or rather, the near-absence of any such processes. As we reported, Metro says that going by data from its random ticket inspectors, t ... 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 >>
It's not very often that I blog while cracking up out loud, but rest assured, I have a little tear in my eye right now. Just got a press release from Portland's announcing the debut of their Metro burger, topped with Fontina, BBQ sauce, and sauteed onions, created "in honor" of the Light Rail. To p ... 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 >>
This is what you've been waiting for, drinkers: By July 1, light-rail train service will be extended past 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This means you'll be able to get wicked-drunk at local bars -- without the danger of potentially killing someone with your car. We can only assume the Metro board ... More >>
Light rail trains will not be allowed to run past Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday because of President Obama's commencement speech. Metro Light Rail says shuttle buses will serve as a "bridge" around the service gap.On top of that, thousands of peo ... More >>
An SUV collided with a light rail train Wednesday night at 7th Avenue and Camelback. The crash sent another car careening over the barrier, but no one was hurt, and light rail continues to run as usual...Chandler fire crews battled a two-acre palm tree fire near Brooks Farms and Tower Road ... More >>
Weekend revelers in the Valley might be pleased to know that Metro light rail may be extending its weekend hours. The last train currently leaves at 11 p.m., but officials are considering extending the last run on weekends until 2 a.m....ASU announced on its Web site that two students have "prob ... More >>
Last Stop: Crappy Town
Undies from Joe's jail, reporters on the firing line and Phoenix's contribution to the Salt Lake games
The Slash City Daggers, Back Stabber Blues (Unity Squad Records)
Week of October 12th
March 16, 2000
From the Week of March 9, 2000
Will Phoenix voters finally get onboard a transit plan?
A social lab on wheels whose subjects aspire to drive themselves
Pro-life group battles city on bus ads
Transit-plan backers say they see a bus in your future--so how come they've been working on the railroad?
TEMPE WANTS TO RUIN A WORLD-CLASS SWIMMING FACILITY. ASU SAYS, "GO AHEAD."
Don't get too excited, commuters. It's only a license plate--so far.