The 2009 NBA All Star game brought a TON of fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix this week and it was another fun "first" for our new light rail system. The extended hours of operation were a welcome addition to many people who would love to see extended hours become a more permanent addition to the schedule. Phoenix did a good job in welcoming all of the NBA enthusiasts to our city with tons of advertising on signs, buildings, windows, streets and light rail stations. One does wonder if the wrapping of the light rail cars and the advertising on the stations is a way to introduce us to changes to the "no advertising" policies originally mentioned by Metro.
With the huge numbers of people attending the events at the Convention Center and at the arena, people were advised to take light rail instead of trying to fight traffic and find / pay for parking. From what we have seen, it was a great way for many people to participate in the events. This weeks pic is one I shot while waiting for a train at 3rd Street and Jefferson. I think it looks pretty cool. 🙂
Flickr pic provided by RailLife.com
Remember… Rail Life has a "Phoenix Light Rail Group on Flickr." Basically, we want to share some of our pictures from the community and allow people to add their pics (or videos), as well. These can be light rail related, but we also want pics of your favorite spot, restaurant, sports team, community, etc
Paula Farris says
How I wish I had found this blog yesterday! I hardly ever go to PHX, but I had to go downtown this afternoon (not for the NBA All Star event.) After fighting way too much traffic, getting disoriented because of the changes since the last time I was there, paying $12.00! for parking for only 2 hours, and then having to walk about a mile to my actual destination (in dress clothes!) I SURE wish I had taken the Rail. It would have dropped my off right on the corner of where I needed to be, for a lot less money. Next time . . .
Thanks so much for stopping by Paula. I’m glad you found us! 🙂
Hi Paula, the Rail Life website has a lot more to offer. Be sure to check out some of our other site features, such as restaurants and shopping near the rail. One of the newest features within the restaurants section is a drop-down search that enables visitors to find restaurants within walking distance of each rail stop.
Soon you will be able to find services and schools near the light rail, also.
We have many surprises on the way. 🙂 We hope you enjoy exploring Rail Life in it’s entirety!