Phoenix's Public Transit Department scored a federal grant that city leaders see as a big step toward expanding light rail into South Phoenix. The South Phoenix expansion is still in the planning stages, but the $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation allows the city to get st ... More >>
Arizonans are driving less, and relying more on public transportation, according to a report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.The shift is causing the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to recommend that public officials shift funding away from more highway projects, and more ... More >>
As a deejay, Austin Head knows how to work a crowd. It takes finesse, and it takes being in touch. Those skills are coming in handy for the entertainer/LGBT advocate: He recently announced that he is running for a seat on Phoenix's District 4 city council. It's a very different gig than providing m ... More >>
Now that more than 500,000 people have seen the YouTube video of Phoenix's light rail ninja "Kairo" breaking up a fight, it's caused some debate.Some people think it's pretty awesome that "Kairo" put the kibosh on the light rail fisticuffs, while others think it's a really bad idea to be using a swo ... More >>
Now, we're not trying to start a duel here, but we tried to get an interview with the Metro Light Rail ninja earlier this week -- and exposed his identity on this blog yesterday morning -- but the man who likes to be called "Kairo" apparently likes TV."Kairo" made an appearance on 12 News' 10 p.m. n ... More >>
MCA houses artsy transit system
www.raillife.com A scene from last year's "No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride"It's back!As part of Improv Everywhere's "Ninth Annual No Pants! Subway Ride," this Sunday will be the second annual "No Pants AZ Light Rail Ride."Not familiar with the event? No problem -- the concept is simple. First, ... More >>
Why lurch when you can travel in style?
Bob Bean (right) is among the union protestors at Central Station this morning.A dozen or so light rail operators protested at the Central Station in downtown Phoenix this morning, holding hand-made signs that excoriated both Metro Light Rail and the Boston-based company that manages the line, AC ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As we've noted, the number of riders on the new Metro light rail system can be seen as either a train half-empty or half-full. There's no debate, however, on the idea that ridership should keep increasing. But now, Valley Metro has cast doubt on light rail's ability to hit its goals ... 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 >>
The Phoenix Metro Light Rail has been the talk of the town since voters approved the $1.4 billion project in 2000. The public transit system opened on December 27, and Valley denizens have both praised and bemoaned the rail. The most common complaint is that Light Rail service stops at midnight, but ... More >>
For seven years now New York improve troop Improv Everywhere has celibrated their own holiday on the New York subway system called No Pants Day. On January 10th Phoenix residents were finaly able to join the Holiday on our new Light Rail.
I rode the light rail for the first time last night, from downtown Phoenix to downtown Tempe and back again. For my money (which is to say, free, because I have a student pass that allows me to ride public transit to my hearts content) it was a most excellent experience. A few things I learned:
The mobile protesting pair of Erin Searle (left) and Kevin Sweet at the light rail's Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street station. It's not all sunshine and roses at crowded light rail stations today. Kevin Sweet and Erin Searle, a pair of college-aged sweethearts, are out protesting the fact the l ... More >>
From left: Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, and light rail CEO Richard Simonetta. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith called Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman a game show host, light rail CEO Richard Simonetta called Spawn's Todd McFarlane "Scott," and Hallman called potential light rail vandals pigs ... More >>
County residents unwrap new $1 billion Christmas gift
By Ray Stern Here on the light-rail stop at 12th Street and Jefferson, we've been hearing the guttural "honk-honking" and trolley-like "ding-dinging" for a few days during test runs of the new trains, which are set to kick off operations on December 27. But let's face it — you probably don't liv ... More >>
Sure, light-rail construction is painful, but it will be worth it in the long haul
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Philly journalist Don Russell hates Phoenix. Even though he's never been here.
A wealthy jerk and uninspired name calling
March 16, 2000
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Pro-life group battles city on bus ads
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Don't get too excited, commuters. It's only a license plate--so far.