|Trains on the single line run about every 10 minutes, stops include the airport and baseball stadium, as well as the university|
Yesterday, for the first time, I rode the light rail from Tempe to Phoenix. Lauren and I were going downtown to a Food Truck lunch.
I was curious about comparing the two transportation systems. This is what I came up with:
First tram - 1880
Track - 40 miles
Phoenix Metro Area
First light rail = 2008
Track - 20 miles
It surprised me that the length of track in Phoenix was half as long as in Poznan. I would have guessed it to be a much smaller percentage. The light rail has been well received and it ranks 12th in the country for ridership, and yet, it seems woefully inadequate. The areas served are very limited.
Phoenix pales in comparison to Poznan. I think that's because Poznan is an area of 100 square miles. The Phoenix metro area is over 16,500 square miles - 165 times as much space. There are plans to expand the coverage, but with the differences in population density, it will never be as practical. The population is only 9 times greater. We like to spread out in the southwest.
On the plus side, every light rail stop has a ticket machine, very handy. And I didn't check every stop that we went by, but several seemed to include some public art.
|Mosaic sculpture at our stop|
One thing did surprise me though. I asked what he had flown before the F-16, and he replied with MiG 29s. It makes perfect sense, but it caught me off guard at the time. Ed was on active duty during the Cold War, and I never would have expected to be entertaining MiG pilots in our home. Very cool that we were!