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 >>
People who text and drive are notoriously bad drivers, but according to recent crash statistics, most accidents caused by distracted driving don't involve cell phone use.As part of Distracted Driving Awareness month, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the results of car accident ... More >>
Outside of California, there's no big city with worse roads than Tucson.TRIP, a transportation research group, says Tucson ranks fifth in the nation among large cities for highest percentage of roads in "poor" condition -- 53 percent.
A group of automotive enthusiasts is trying to prevent any roads and highways in the state from becoming toll roads.Additionally, the proposed ballot initiative submitted by the group targets plans for potential toll lanes on highways, which would allow solo drivers to pay to use the carpool lane.
If you just can't manage to drive down the Loop 202 like a normal human being while a fireworks display is taking place over Tempe Town Lake, the cops have an issue with that.The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced that cops will be on the 202 tomorrow night, looking for people who are slo ... More >>
The number of people killed by drunk drivers in Arizona went down slightly compared to last year -- but only because fewer people overall died on state roadways. As a percentage of the total fatalities, more drunk drivers were responsible for killing people in 2012 than the year before, according t ... More >>
Two small planes collided in midair this morning near New River in the north Valley.Four people, two in each plane, were killed in the crash, Phoenix Fire Department Captain Larry Nunez tells New Times.
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 >>
Phoenix police have identified 19-year-old Pedro Ramirez as the allegedly drunk driver who got in a head-on collision on the morning of April 30, killing a 5-year-old boy.The boy's mom was arrested, too, and faces child-abuse charges for putting her youngster in the car driven by Ramirez, and not pl ... More >>
Youtube screen grab"Reality hits you hard, bro." - George LindellValley resident George Lindell was driving to a Boston Market in north Phoenix to grab some grub last week, when he was rear-ended by an SUV. The SUV then swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle, causing the driver to lose control ... More >>
Christopher Perry, alleged day-drinker, crashed his BMW into two people in downtown Phoenix yesterday.While most of us were at work yesterday afternoon -- presumably not shitfaced -- a drunk Phoenix lawyer was driving his brand new BMW through downtown Phoenix. Sadly, he drove it into a couple wa ... More >>
Pinal County Sheriff's OfficeThat weed-filled truck to the left crashed into that house (center) moving that couch (right) off the wall.Imagine sitting on your couch, relaxing, and having a truck full of weed come crashing through the wall like the Kool-Aid guy. It may sound too good to be true, ... More >>
MCA houses artsy transit system
Ed KriegerFlight attendant Rene Foss uses the resources at hand to simultaneously fill in for the in-flight movie and resolve a seating conflict. Bonus puppet pointsFirst, a blurb of super-good news for you audience types: David Barker's astonishing one-man show, Dodging Bullets, returns as part ... More >>
www.about.comThe free ride may be coming to an end for light rail freeloaders in Tempe -- the Tempe Police Department is planning "focused fare enforcement stops" at light rail stops to catch people getting a free ride. Tempe police say they are putting an end to the "education period" for ... More >>
www.photobucket.comA Vermont woman, who was thrown off an airplane for refusing to put a blanket over herself while she breast-fed her 1-year-old daughter, is suing Mesa Air Group. The incident happened about three years ago and sparked national protests, or "nurse-ins" at 19 ai ... More >>
http://www.et.byu.edu/~jbarney3/tollboothtragedy/ This is soon to be the scene on area highways.There are few things in life more wilting than a blast of 115-degree air, like the one we get when we open the car window in mid-July. Now, thanks to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Phoen ... More >>
Fear not, Festival goers! Valley Metro has your back...for two nights.For an unprecedented third time since its December launch, the Metro Light Rail will be extending its hours to accommodate those patrons of the Tempe Music Festival (April 3rd & 4th) hoping to catch either night's later ... More >>
Light rail ridership went up slightly in February, driven by an apparent increase in the number of commuters using the 20-mile system. The estimated daily average of boardings in February was 32,430, higher than January's estimate of 29,415. Helping the system out was about 5,000 extra&nbs ... More >>
Score one for safety. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Louis Araneta last week dimissed a U.S. Airways pilot's lawsuit against three flight attendants who complained about him to the Federal Aviation Administration. The flight attendants filed their complaint ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we told you the shocking story of three local flight attendants facing a lawsuit from a US Airways pilot. Their crime? Daring to report their safety concerns to federal regulators. Now New Times is getting sucked into the litigation. Henry Stein, the Mesa-ba ... More >>
We've ridden the light rail a couple of times since it opened, and this morning decided to take it to work and share the experience with you. To cut to the chase: The logistical challenges, length of time and cost all make light rail a poor choice for commuting for this writer, despite the fact that ... More >>
Four light rail cars will sport more color and flash after they're wrapped with ads promoting the NBA's upcoming 2009 All-Star game. Look for media coverage of the trains on Monday, when Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon introduces the first ad-covered car at the Metro Operations and Maintenance f ... More >>
Is it just us, or have people in this town lost their balls? For instance, we reported on Wednesday about local photographer Morgan Bellinger's plan to stage a light rail sit-in later this month as a way to protest the fact that the trains stop running at midnight. But now he's pulled an complete ... More >>
Everybody's doing it, man. Riding the light rail, that is. Whether for a daily commute or just a joy ride, people seem to be packing the cars, and it's not even the free ride period anymore. The folks at District, the restaurant at the downtown Sheraton, hope even more people get into it for environ ... More >>
Welcome back! We hope you had a sufficient amount of ho-ho-hoing and present opening to last another twelve months. Just in case you haven't, here's a package of some of the stories and photos you may have missed during the holiday. Light Rail Launch Hundreds of thousands turned out to celebrate ... More >>
County residents unwrap new $1 billion Christmas gift
SREK's work, for instance, would look impressive on the side of a light rail car.Keith Haring. Jean-Michel Basquiat. The creators of Arizona's petroglyphs. What do they all have in common? They were all practitioners of graffiti. Indeed, graffiti is the oldest art form known to man. The earliest fou ... More >>
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 >>
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Philly journalist Don Russell hates Phoenix. Even though he's never been here.
A wealthy jerk and uninspired name calling
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Contract for South Mountain tollway may depend on company's dumping of its president
City pretends that parking garage next to stadium is not a favor to Colangelo's Diamondbacks
Don't get too excited, commuters. It's only a license plate--so far.