A 20 mile light rail trip should eventually take about an hour. A while back, we posted some information from Metro concerning travel times between a few destinations along the route.
This morning, I was reading some "Twitter" updates and saw that my good friend Calie was going to take a "quick trip" via light rail and head to Lux Coffee Bar to kick off her Friday. This reminded me of Monday the 29th which was the first full day of operation (following Grand Opening weekend) for our light rail cars. On that morning, I happened to run in to Rick Simonetta while riding the trains. I thought it was cool to see the CEO of Metro riding the trains and personally answering questions from people.
Rick mentioned that the travel times were taking a little longer than originally planned and that they are working hard to get them down to "normal" times.
To me, it makes perfect sense for them to be taking longer in the beginning. The lines have been long and the cars have been jam packed full of people.
Yesterday, I decided to do a little experiment with travel times. I boarded a train at the McClintock and Apache station and headed toward Phoenix. Once on the train I thought of writing down the time it took me to arrive at a few different stops.
It went as follows:
Train Left Dorsey and Apache at 4:50 p.m heading West bound. (this station has a Park and Ride.)
Train left the station at Priest Drive and Washington station at 5:06 p.m
Train left the station at 38th St and Washington station at 5:12 p.m (this station has a Park and Ride)
Arrived at Campbell and Central station at 5:39 p.m (just happens to be where Lux is located)
So, it took me 49 minutes from Dorsey and Apache to get to Campbell and Central.
The travel times need some tweaking but I bet they will come down a bit in the near future. We will try to do some updates of travel times from other stops in the future as well.
For now, I hope you enjoy the ride!