Streetfilms: A Bright Beginning for Phoenix Light Rail

Everyone knows that Phoenix has a huge sprawl problem. But now transit-oriented development is on the upswing in this Sun Belt metropolis. In
December, the Phoenix region opened one of the most ambitious transit projects
in recent U.S. history: a 20-mile light rail line with 28 stops
serving three cities (Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa). Future plans include an extension within three years, with several new corridors being studied. 

The Valley Metro
vehicles are handsome and comfortable, and thus far ridership has far exceeded initial projections — with as many as 40,000 riders per day, compared to the expected 25,000. Each station features amenities and art installations. In addition, with many folks using the light rail as an intermodal
step in their commutes, bicycles
are welcome aboard. 

  • 20 miles
    28 stops
    Average stop distance – .7 miles

    thus far ridership has far exceeded initial projections — with as many as 40,000 riders per day, compared to the expected 25,000.

    AY stop consoldation haters SMB

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    Let the lesson to San Francisco be: buy your rolling stock from the Japanese, not the Italians.

  • 40 Thousand riders a day?

    That’s how many people are on the 38 Geary at any given time.

  • James

    I live in Phoenix i wish they were planning on putting it up to northwest
    phoenix. And i don’t mean Metro Center area, I mean Bell Rd. area. The only reason phoenix got its LRT is because when they presented the prop to vote on the proposition included improved highways and bus service as well as LRT.
    They vwted against it in the late 80’s. If they approved it we would have a
    great system by now. We would probably be on our third or fourth extension by now and maybe have commuter rail service to Tucson and Flagstaff. Phoenix doesn’t even have Amtrak going through it. You have to get on a shuttle bus to Tucson to get to Amtrak. Oh, well.

  • Tony

    You guys make great videos!

  • Spokker

    How is the thing holding up since Phoenix started getting hit with 106 degree days?

  • It was over 100 when I was there filmming! One day it was 103 with a humidity of 4. Strangest thing I have ever felt.

  • SkyPork

    As of tomorrow (I think) they’ll be extending the weekend hours as well, until after 2am, to service the bar crowds. At other times the routes end sometime after 11pm, which kind of sucks. I’m usually surprised at how full the trains are, even at odd times. This is by far the best way to get to downtown Phoenix from the east valley.

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