December 27th 2008, I remember it well. As we gathered at the Operations Center to view the first ribbon cutting ceremony before the Mayors of Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix boarded trains to head out to their grand opening ceremonies, there was a lot of excitement in the cold air. It really doesn’t seem like 5 years ago.
This pic is from a shirt I got at one of the light rail grand opening celebrations in Tempe. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers played in an empty lot where a high rise stands today.
Five years and many millions of passengers later, it’s harder to find a light rail naysayer today than it was in 2008. It’s been a fun ride, the next 5 should be fun, too…
Happy birthday, METRO.