Less than a year into its operation, Phoenix’s light rail is extending Friday and Saturday night trains from 12:15am to 3:15 am, all funded by federal stimulus dollars. This gives Phoenix the title for the West’s latest running train, surpassing Denver at 2:48 am.
Although every system in the nation except New York must shut down for part of the night for maintenance, staying open late weekends seems like a reasonable compromise, and one that would enhance public safety. On the other hand, service increases cost money, and this blog’s demographic may skew the perceived importance of running at such a late hour. Moreover, late night service means late night warning bells in Sodo and the Rainier Valley.
Phoenix is going to report on their experience after 6 months of this. It should be an interesting read.
What are the parameters of the minimum late-night service that you think would be useful? Should Sound Transit wait till U-Link opens?