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tomfassett
post Mar 25 2010, 03:43 AM
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Check out the message board on the train. It could be a politician's idea of a rolling apology for the light rail system being a "nuisance" for motorists or they are trying to "look ahead" to the next accident... tongue.gif
(I assume it is there because the train is out of service but what do I know...) wink.gif



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post Mar 25 2010, 06:07 AM
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Well, it is a sorry excuse for a 'train'.

Where is that? Palm trees, it can't be to far North.

I don't see crowds of people waiting to get on it, the windows are tinted so dark you can't tell if anyone is on it, either.


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post Mar 25 2010, 08:02 AM
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The sun blind is right down on the screen, so my guess would be it's out of service.

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post Mar 25 2010, 10:53 AM
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They had to make it look like a Greyhound?


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post Mar 25 2010, 06:14 PM
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That be the fairly new Phoenix light rail system there. The blinds are down because that is currently the back of the train--they have dual controls. The dark window tinting is critical in Phoenix in the summer time to keep the riders from baking like a roast in the oven... wacko.gif
The voters approved (and funded) the light rail system here three times and the politicians finally built it. dry.gif The voters rebelled though and got their way as to the alignment--it runs from the heavily populated suburbs and Arizona State University to the downtown sports complexes and entertainment districts as well as a connection to the airport and main muni bus terminal. The original design (by the politicians) had it running from the ritzy suburbs (where most of them live) to the state capitol complex. Since most of them wouldn't ever ride the thing (they drive their monster SUVs and luxury cars), the voters shot it down until they came up with the current system. The stations around ASU are usually pretty packed and on game days (Phoenix Suns or AZ Diamondbacks) they have to run as many extras as they can safely fit on the tracks. There are stops in front of each stadium. They also run through the restaurant and bar district and run until just after closing. Keeps a lot of drunk drivers off the roads.
Phoenix actually did something right for a change... wink.gif

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post Mar 26 2010, 08:56 AM
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Good to see it is well used. Too often its built for political ambitions.

Over here the trains would say "Sorry, not in service", usually when running as positioning moves.

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