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. 🙂
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