Why riders choose to use light rail | Valley Metro
Washington/Central Ave Station

Light rail ridership is increasing by the day. The latest weekday ridership numbers show that between July 2021 and July 2022, light rail ridership increased by 18 percent. Total light rail boardings in July of this year were 658,265 morning trains are packed with riders who decide to park and go with mass transit.

I wanted to find out why people ride Valley Metro Rail. In downtown Phoenix, at the Washington Street and Central Avenue station, I met a rider by the name of Josuv. He told me it’s about economics, including high gas prices. It’s also convenient. “It’s there. It’s close to my home. It helps me get here earlier than it would if I drove,” Josuv said. He adds that he’s been riding the light rail only a few months.

Light rail rider Josuv

Charles is another downtown rider. He told me it’s efficient and gets him where he needs to go. “It’s nice and clean and air conditioned and is a great way to be mobile in Arizona.” Charles said he’s been on Valley Metro Rail since it began and rides the light rail daily from north Phoenix to Tempe.

And finally, I spoke to David, at the 38th Street and Washington Street station. He takes light rail from east Phoenix to downtown. David works for Maricopa County. He said they provide passes as part of the trip reduction program allowing him to ride the light rail. David added that it’s better than driving, “It’s a lot less stressful.” David also said he also likes taking Valley Metro downtown for sports events and catching up with friends.

Light rail rider David

One more thing to keep in mind – riding Valley Metro allows you to breathe easier, reducing both stress and pollution. You can learn more about how public transit benefits everyone at valleymetro.life

Mark Carlson
Mark Carlson
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
Mark Carlson is an Operations Communications Specialist with Valley Metro. He brings 40 years of newsroom experience to his position including working as a newsroom supervisor for 23 years with The Associated Press in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix. In addition to serving as a writer, editor, anchor, and reporter for radio stations in Phoenix and Los Angeles, he also worked as a television assignment editor and digital news writer and editor in Phoenix and Baltimore. A Phoenix native, Mark attended Maryvale High.