Early on, there were some pretty vocal naysayers that said the Phoenix light rail boondoggle was too big of a gamble. Today, as the METRO light rail ridership numbers continue to exceed expectations, METRO seems to be a pretty sure bet.
From the looks of the recent September light rail boardings, they we not far off from the April 2010 numbers that were the largest on record. Nearly two years after the supposed “Disneyland Effect” the popularity of the Phoenix light rail system appears to be doing pretty well.
One of the ace’s that METRO has up their sleeve is the huge number of ASU students riding the light rail to and from campus. The Park and Ride lot at McClintock and Apache has approximately 300 parking spaces and is VERY popular with many riders. The fact that it offers covered parking certainly helps attract people, but the proximity to ASU is likely a huge factor as well.
I noticed this “LOT FULL” sign at McClintock last week but was able to sneak into a spot on the third level of the parking garage. I bet this sign continues to get a lot of play in the future…