03 Mar '12, 2pm

Tempe feeling many positive, unexpected benefits from light rail

Tempe feeling many positive, unexpected benefits from light rail

The front of a westbound light rail train at Smith-Martin/Apache Boulevard station in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo: Steven Vance /Flickr) By Daniel Rasmussen , Arizona State University It just celebrated its three-year anniversary in December, and the METRO Light Rail has become an integral part of the commute of many Tempe residents. With its ridership growing by more than 1 million passengers annually, it is quickly becoming a symbol of a cleaner, more efficient city. However, the light rail is not the sustainability godsend many misinterpret it to be. It was actually introduced as a transportation system that was cheaper than a car and one that could get passengers to their destinations without stress and traffic. A decrease in congestion was one of the desired effects, but the environmental benefits were never the main concern. Rob Melnick, executive dean of Arizona State Unive...

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