Riding the rails in Phoenix, AZ is not only encouraged, it is subsidized. No, I’m not talking about the railroad, I am talking about the Light Rail. It runs almost from my front doorstep to downtown Mesa, and there is a rumor that it will expand further into downtown Phoenix.
The cost of riding is minimal. It cost us (senior citizens) only $4.00 for the trip downtown and back. There are day passes and monthly passes available. It beat the heck out of driving and paying buckos for parking.
I have to admit I was a little nervous, this was my first time since it first opened and the rides were free for a week.
The security, and the people working at the stations and on the train were courteous, and helpful. We had to wait a few minutes for the cars to be cleaned. I was surprised at how clean they were, and there was a rack to hang a bicycle up off the floor, although many people chose to keep them at their side.
We met and saw many interesting people. The seats could have been a little wider, but that isn’t any ones fault that they were snug but my own.
We got on at Dunlap Ave and 25th Ave, which I said was almost at my front door. We only had to walk to the front of our complex and cross the road and voila, we were there. When we got to our stop we exited and walked two blocks to our “Meet and Greet meeting” at a Hotel in downtown Phoenix, and then walked the two blocks back and in 20 minutes we were back where we got on.
All the stations are well lit and are populated with workers, we will do it again. We discovered that it also goes right by Il Vineo where a friend, Michael Powers plays guitar, this will be much more convenient than the hassle of driving.
Try it, you will like it!