Commuter Chronicles #13: Extra Lighting

A few months back, in the height of the summer, I spotted this light rail passenger sitting at the stop with presumably a new purchase.

Light Rail Lamp

 

From my vantage point across the street, it looked like a lamp.  I was so glad to be taking the express bus home instead of the light rail that day.  The light rail trains are usually packed at that hour. I was stunned when this woman found enough space to squeeze into the train with the over-sized lamp.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says | Don’t Drive on the Tracks

I sure am getting my mileage out of this scene of the light rail car in front of Chase Field.  After posting yesterday’s article, I noticed a warning sign in this photo:

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I cropped this photo so you can clearly read the warning for motorists.

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Do Not Drive on the Tracks.

You would think this would be a no-brainer, yet there has been at least one incident where a man did drive down the light rail tracks.  Not sure if this means the signs along the route are working as there as only been one incident, or if it’s a failure because it did happen despite the warning sign.  Food for thought.

http://raillife.com/blog/2010/03/13/tempe-light-rail-dui-idiot/

http://www.azfamily.com/video/raw/Witness-saw-man-drive-onto-light-rail-tracks-over-Tempe-Town-Lake-87592527.html?gallery=y&c=y

Got a photo of an interesting sign? Post it to enter this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post.

Commuter Chronicles #9: MetroBench

This installment of Commuter Chronicles is a little different in that it isn’t about an actual experience I’ve had using public transit.  Rather, I wanted to share an interesting article I came across while reading my twitter feed over the weekend.

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Commuter Chronicles #7: Friday on the Light Rail

Boss kicked me out early, light rail is the easiest option outta there.  Get to light rail station – shouldn’t be that crowded at this hour but students are one by one descending upon the platform. At least I think all these people are students.  At least half the people on the platform appear to be in their early twenties and wearing backpacks. Continue reading

Commuter Chronicles #3: Bert Sugar

Sometime around mid- July, the All Star Major League Baseball event came to downtown Phoenix.  Although the downtown area sees a good amount of people on any given day, an event such as this makes any given day look like a ghost town.  People were everywhere, cars were everywhere and the light rail seemed to be the easiest way to get the hell out of there. Continue reading