METRO LIGHT RAIL
Need to get from the airport to your downtown hotel? It will cost you $2.00 if you take Phoenix’s METRO light rail system.
But getting from the airport to downtown affordably is just one of light rail’s perks. The 20-mile line links Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa, and includes stops at attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, Chase Field, US Airways Center and the Mill Avenue District.
Light rail’s quiet, air-conditioned trains operate 20 hours per day, seven days a week, and stop every 12 minutes. The system operates at street level and is powered by electricity from overhead wires. The cost of an all-day pass is $4.00.
There are 28 stations along the line, and they are adorned with $6.2 million worth of public art. The artwork at each station reflects the character of the community where it is located. Station platforms can accommodate the boarding of 600 passengers onto a three-car train within 30 seconds.
A $1.1 billion, driverless “people mover” will transport light-rail passengers to Sky Harbor from the 44th Street and Washington stop beginning in Spring 2013. Until then, riders can take a free shuttle bus from that stop to the airport. The shuttles, like the trains, run every 10 minutes.
For more information on schedules and how to ride, check out the Valley Metro.