Last week, I mentioned that Phoenix needed to step up their efforts to catch Mesa in the September light rail boardings contest where Tom Simplot challenged Mesa Vice Mayor Kyle Jones for the month of September.
Basically, the contest was to see which of the end-of-the-line stations have the most boardings. Well, the numbers are in and it’s official, Simplot gets to clean the Mesa station. So, until the next contest, I guess Mesa can do some trash talkin’ of their own for a while…
Here is the scoop from today’s METRO press release:
Where does METRO REALLY begin?
A city official will clean a METRO light rail station. Why, you may ask? A bet.
Vice Mayors Tom Simplot (Phoenix) and Kyle Jones (Mesa) made a friendly wager back in August regarding which end-of-line station is the busiest by boardings. Through September, each city made attempts to attract more riders to their station – Montebello/19th Ave. in Phoenix and Sycamore/Main St. in Mesa.
The terms: the city with the least amount of September boardings would clean the winning city’s station.
Well, boardings have been tracked…and the answer to that age-old question is in: In which city does METRO really begin? Mesa. Come see the Phoenix cleaning crew in action.
When: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 9 a.m.
Where: Sycamore/Main St. light rail station, Mesa; Sycamore is located just east of Dobson Rd.
Who: Phoenix Vice Mayor and METRO Board Chairman Tom Simplot
Mesa Vice Mayor and METRO Board Vice Chairman Kyle Jones
Phoenix “cleaning crew”
Parking available in the Sycamore park-and-ride located on the northwest corner of Main St. and Sycamore. Light rail also provides convenient access.