United States of America
AZ features one heritage trolley, a starter light rail line and soon a modern day streetcar. While there's no subway yet in the skin cancer state, we still hold our heads high in a strong sense of false hope.
Despite talk of a 14 km light rail line being built at the Grand
Canyon - originally approved in December 1988 but never built, modern traction is alive and well in the Copper state.
Rail Life in Arizona
Phoenix's Valley Metro light rail opened in December 2008. Thirty-two stations spanned the 32.6 km route, which is seperated from traffic but not truly grade seperated in most parts. The line conveniently skirts past the airport so as not to inconvenience local passengers with having to deal with drunk and unruly airport travelers. Sadly, this will all come to an end in 2013 when a new automated airport Sky Train whiskrf the annoying air travelers to the nearby light rail station. The light rail also serves the cities of Tempe and Mesa.
In 2016, a 5.1 km northwest line opened.
Six lines are part of the master plan. Also approved is an 18 km western extension which is expected to open in 2023, a paltry 11 years from it's initial design.
Rail Food - Restaurants Along the Phoenix Light Rail Line
Connections - A 32.6 km proposed system is awaiting funding approval from
the federal government.
light rail route explored
Heritage Trolley, streetcar under construction
A 6.2 km modern streetcar is under construction, thanks in part to a $63 million grant from the US government.
"Sun Link" It will connect the University of Arizona with downtown
Tucson. The line is expected to open
Tucson is also home to the Old
Pueblo Trolley, an 1.1 mile heritage streetcar line serving the University of Arizona and downtown. How the trolley will connect with the streetcar is as yet unknown.
Proposal For an LRT stop in Tuscon