Remember when Phoenix opened up its 20-mile light rail line with 28 stops last December and everyone was like, no, light rail will never work because people in Arizona love their air-conditioned cars too much? So far, "ridership has far exceeded initial projections -- with as many as 40,000 riders per day, compared to the expected 25,000," reports Streetsblog, which has made a lovely little movie about how damn happy everyone is with the Phoenix train (notable: bike racks have been placed inside the trains). The 20-mile line cost $1.4 billion (compare that to our 14-mile gold line to Pasadena which cost around $900 million). Meanwhile the city had hoped to open another 30 miles by 2025, according to Associated Press, but funding difficulties have delayed efforts.
· Streetfilms: A Bright Beginning for Phoenix Light Rail [Streetsblog]
· Public Art Copycats! More On Phoenix's New Light Rail [Curbed LA]