April 11, 2009

NOTHING BEATS A TRAIN AND A BALLGAME:

Light rail helps take fans out to the ballgame: Up to 6,000 fans used trains on D-Backs' Opening Day, Metro says (Jim Walsh, Apr. 11, 2009, The Arizona Republic)

Metro light rail is a big hit so far with Arizona Diamondbacks fans, who jammed trains as if they were in Boston, New York or Chicago for the first week of games.

Fans formed a sea of Sedona red hours before Opening Day on Monday as they lined up at fare vending machines at Mesa's Sycamore station, and they kept coming through the team's three-game home stand against the Colorado Rockies. [...]

Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I think that's going to be a trend. It will be an established ritual in the East Valley," said Mike James, Mesa's deputy transportation director.

Metro is installing two additional fare boxes near the operations building at the Mesa Transportation Center to reduce long lines, James said. They will be positioned to reduce glare on the screens of the fare machines.

A number of fans said they drove long distances from east Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction to park at the Mesa station and ride the train to the game.

"It's convenient. It saves on parking. It's right at the ballpark. It saves time and money," said Art Gracia of Mesa, who was wearing a Chicago Cubs hat to the Diamondbacks game.


Leave it to America's pastime to lead folk to wisdom and decency.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 11, 2009 6:02 AM
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