All About…Light Rail
Light rail service in the Valley is provided by Valley Metro
Rail, Inc. (more commonly known as METRO), a nonprofit, public
corporation charged with the design, construction and operation of
the Valley’s light rail system. METRO’s starter line opened in
December 2008 and has 20 miles of track running through Phoenix,
Tempe and Mesa.
How to Ride Light Rail
METRO Ride Guide
Weekday Hours of Service:
Trains begin the first full trip of the day at the end-of-line
stations at approximately 4:40 a.m. The last full trip of the day
Monday through Thursday begins at 11 p.m., arriving at the opposite
end of the line at midnight. On Friday nights, the last full trip of
the day begins at 2.a.m., arriving at the opposite end of the line
at 3 a.m. Saturday morning.
Weekday Frequency: Trains arrive
every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; all other hours, every 20
Weekend and Holiday Hours of Service:
Trains begin the first full trip of the day at 5 a.m. at the
end-of-the-line stations. The last full trip of the day begins at 11
p.m., arriving at the opposite end of the line at midnight. On
Saturday night, the last full trip of the day begins at 2 a.m.,
arriving at the opposite end of the line at 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
Weekend/Holiday Frequency: Trains
arrive every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.; all other hours,
and on holidays and Sundays, trains arrive every 20 minutes.
Free park-and-ride lots are available throughout the Valley.
Click here to find a location near your bus or rail route.
Light Rail Safety:
METRO shares the road with automobile traffic in the cities of
Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa. At any time of the day or night, you can
find yourself near an operating light rail vehicle or a METRO train
consisting of two or three vehicles connected together. Each METRO
vehicle is 90 feet long and weighs more than 100,000 pounds. Now is
the time to learn and practice the rules of light rail safety.
here for more information.
The Maricopa Association of Governments has identified six
high-capacity transit corridors, 37 miles in total, in the
Transportation Plan. It is METRO’s responsibility to determine the
specific transit route for each corridor, and to examine whether
light rail, bus rapid transit, local bus service or some other
transit mode is best to serve these corridors. All of the
high-capacity transit corridors in the plan are scheduled to be in
place by 2030. To learn more about future light rail extensions,
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