All aboard! One way or another
Beginning today Metro light rail will be running the majority of its line across the Valley.
With Phoenix drivers and pedestrians unaccustomed to the new mode of travel, concerns regarding accidents, based on the experiences of other cities, should not to be taken lightly.
Rail safety has been a focal point wherever the transportation mode has been put into use. Houston had 62 crashes in its first two years, injuring 110 and killing one. Due to the numerous collisions, it quickly became known as the ” Wham Bam Tram, ” according to a report in the daily.
For example, in its initial year of operation in 1994, Denver experienced 4.4 accidents for each mile of track. Those numbers have since tapered off.
In 2006, WABC in New Jersey reported thirteen people were injured when a light rail train and a transit bus collided.
San Francisco recently experienced a collision which sent several people to the hospital.
Santa Clara County light rail system in San Jose, California has issued an estimated cost study of light rail collision accidents
This is a list of rail transit systems in the U.S. that are currently active or under construction, as of January 2007.
Light rail officially launches on December 27. Officials estimate the trains will have 26,000 riders a day on the 20-mile starter route.
Drive and walk with care, Phoenicians.