Who says there is no such thing as a free ride? Certainly not METRO.
Back in September of 2009, the Rail Ride Event was announced by METRO light rail as a promotion with US Airways Center allowing passengers with a ticket to any arena event to ride the light rail for free. The original Rail Ride event was to run through September 30, 2010.
“Through The Rail Ride Event, METRO will recognize any US Airways Center event ticket as valid light rail fare on the day of the event, for four hours prior to the start of the event, through the end of the transit day.”
All events at US Airways Center qualify and your paid event ticket acts as your light rail fare. Suns, Mercury, concerts, and special events are all eligible but you must have your ticket on you while riding.
As we know, Suns fans love to take METRO to the games. In fact, we talked about how many Suns fans took to the light rail during the Suns playoff run. Yes, the Orange bandwagon was full of light rail riding fans and all of them were allowed to ride that train for free, too!
Given the popularity of the METRO Rail Ride program, it was extended through June 2015!
“US Airways Center and the Phoenix Suns are extremely pleased with our one-year pilot Rail Ride Event program,” said Rick Welts, President and CEO of the Phoenix Suns. “The feedback we have received from our season ticket holders and guest has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to extending our relationship.”
See, it’s true! You CAN ride light rail for free. That is unless you don’t know about the program. Heck, it can be a real money saver. You park for free, ride for free, it even makes a $10.00 beer at the game taste just a little bit better.
Enjoy the ride, my friends… 🙂
Jay Thompson says
Yup. Bought three light rail tickets. The whole time Jason was saying, “I think you ride for free with Suns tickets”. Crossed the street, and the metro cop said, “Suns game? Ride for free!”
It’s a great program, even greater if you take advantage of it!
Rail Life says
If I would have been invited to the game, it would have saved you a few bucks. 🙂
Tyler Hurst says
Love that they’re doing this, but aren’t the people able to afford Suns games and Madonna tickets the people that are also likely to be able to afford to buy tickets for the train?
It’s tough to change habits, but I can’t see where this makes people more likely to ride the train any other times.
I’m hopeful, though.
I see your point and have thought the same thing.
I guess the argument is trying to get them out of their cars and letting new riders see that “it’s not that bad.” 🙂
Eddie Lee says
Is there a ride free with Diamondback tickets? If not, why?
Is this still in EFFECT? For Mercury games? Thanks.
Is this still in effect? And it is good for Diamondback, as well?