Light-Rail Trains Departing Downtown Phoenix This Weekend Extend Hours for NBA All-Star Game

  Okay, it's not the 2:30 or 3 a.m. some of you were hoping for, but the light-rail trains will run overtime out of downtown Phoenix this weekend due to the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.

You can catch the trains from downtown as late as 1 a.m. tonight (yes, we know that's technically tomorrow, but you know what we mean), and Saturday and Sunday nights. And don't forget -- the park and ride lots will be free. (If you read yesterday's post about the DUI task force, the train option looks more attractive).

After Sunday, though, the trains will be back to their normal operating hours, in which trains make their last full trips starting at 11 p.m. -- barely enough time to finish a long happy hour.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.