Metro’s Hillary Foose was kind enough to speak to us about some more safety and etiquette tips to think about when riding the light rail line. We have tried to keep you informed about light rail safety but it is great to have someone like Hillary to give us some more valuable information. Thanks Hillary!
Some of the things we talked about were:
Textured Striping: You will notice this at each light rail stop. Basically, it is a barrier to let people know to stay far enough away from the oncoming or departing trains.
Station Signage: Each station will have posted and electronic signage to help alert you of which way the trains travel, when to expect a train etc. Great info!
Fare Vending Machines: Fare Vending Machines are located on the station ramps, this is different than riding the bus. ie: You will pay prior to boarding. Of course, this will vary, depending on the type of fare you purchase. If using a monthly or day pass, I don’t believe you need to stop at the vending machine. Remember, the system runs on an honor system and the light rail fares are the same as the bus.
Etiquette: One great example mentioned by Hillary was to make sure and let passengers get off of the train prior to you boarding. This system is going to be new to many people here in Arizona. We have mentioned our friends at “Muni Manners” in San Francisco. Take a look at some of the cool tips they provide as “veterans” of the public transportation world.
So, take a look at this short video, get familiar with the “textured striping”, be alert and have fun once the light rail begins carrying passengers in December! And, don’t forget that… “Your Life Is On The Line!”