Most all of us love to eat, but did you know eating food is not allowed on the light rail?


I recently received an email that listed a calendar of those “National Days of”. One that caught my eye was November 6th being National Nacho Day. So, looked into the history of “nachos”. t started in 1943 when the wives of some US soldiers stopped off at a little restaurant in Piedras Negras, Coahuila Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. They asked the restaurateur gnacio “Nacho” Anaya for a different snack than usual. Nacho headed to the kitchen and spotted the fried corn tortillas giving him inspiration. On top of the fried tortillas, he piled on melted cheese and pickled jalapeno strips. The women asked gnacio what he called the dish to which he replied, “guess we could call them Nacho’s Special”.


If you are tempted to pick up some nachos to go before you board the light rail home, please make sure they are kept in a sealed or resealable container. Eating on the platforms or light rail vehicles are prohibited.


Did you get a beer to go with those nachos? Make sure it remains sealed and un-opened while on the platforms or light rail vehicles. Drinking alcoholic beverages on Valley Metro property is not allowed.


Other beverages are allowed if they are in a sealed spill proof container. Big fountain drinks with flimsy press-on lids are not allowed as they can create a spill hazard.


If you spot a spill on the train, please use your AlertVM app to let us know and we will have maintenance respond to clean that up.


For more information on light rail rules, please go to

Dennise Metzger
Dennise Metzger
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
Dennise is a Phoenix native, born at St. Joseph's Hospital and graduated from Paradise Valley High School. Her first career was with the Phoenix Police Department as a Communications Operator (Radio Dispatcher/911 Operator). During her career she received numerous commendations. She received one of the highest honors from the Police Chief: the Police Chiefs Certificate of Recognition. She called her time there “an amazing sometimes very stressful and fascinating career”. In November 2018 she retired from Phoenix PD and started a second career with Valley Metro.