Jay’s note: I asked Nick Bastian, a local Phoenix Realtor and light rail expert to provide a post on the upcoming Phoenix light rail. Nick contributes to the fabulous RailLife.com web site and blog ”” which have pretty much anything you’d ever need to know about the light rail project in Phoenix. Thanks Nick!
A new Light Rail System is coming: What’s in it for me?
In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new Light Rail system coming to town. If you don’t live or work along the 20 mile stretch of track that will run from Phoenix to Tempe and into Mesa, you might not know much about it. So, what if you live in Gilbert or in Glendale, in Scottsdale or in South Phoenix? Why should you care? Well, here are a couple of examples of how the “casual” user can have some fun and learn how to ride light rail.
Soccer Moms ”“ Not every day is game day and little Johnny or sweet little Suzie just might like trains. (kids think trains are COOL!) So, take a fun trip. Go to one of the ends of the line, use a “Park and Ride” station and head out to a museum or a fun restaurant. Did you know that there is a great Arts Community along the line featuring a BUNCH of museums, concert halls and cultural spots that would make a great “field trip” with the kids?
Sports Fans ”“ C’mon, everyone in AZ loves the Diamondbacks, the Suns and the Devils, right?!? What are some things you don’t like about the games? How about traffic and paying to park? Guess what”¦ Problem solved. By using the above mentioned Park and Ride stations, you park for FREE and can be driven to the game and brought back to your car when done. (just $2.50) How cool will that be?
Need a few more ideas? How about”¦ New Year’s Eve, Oktoberfest or the Tempe Arts Festival on Mill Avenue? Forget the parking nightmares, take light rail. Maybe you live in the EastValley and want to try the Farmer’s Market on Central Avenue or check out the First Fridays Art walk? Would it be more fun to have someone else drive? How about a fun weekend get away? Stay at a Phoenix hotel along the line and use the light rail to take you to restaurants, shops, concerts, sporting events. Need more ideas? Stick around, we got em’!
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