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 has been reading New Times...
Freedom to drink into the wee hours isn't free, though: July 1 also happens to the be the date when the cost of riding light rail goes up. System-wide, the new hours will set Metro back about $255,000 a year. But the late trains have the potential to increase ridership; the consequences of the shift will be evaluated in six months.
Scroll down for the full release from Metro Light Rail on the service change:
PHOENIX - The METRO Board of Directors approved a measure that will
extend METRO's service hours on Friday night/Saturday morning and
Saturday night/Sunday morning until past 2 a.m. The measure was brought
before the Board as result of both passenger feedback and input from
businesses along the line.
Beginning as early as July 1, METRO will offer its last full trip of the
day at 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings, arriving at the opposite end
of the line at 3 p.m. METRO will continue to provide 20-minute service
in this extended period.
The estimated fiscal and maintenance impact for extended weekend service
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is $254,500 annually to the METRO operating budget.
The Board also stipulated that an evaluation of ridership and costs
associated with the service extension occur after six months.
For more METRO information, visit www.metrolightrail.org