METRO Light Rail will expand testing across all 20 miles of the line – including in the Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association – starting next week.

Until now, tests have been limited to the track south of McDowell Road, in downtown Phoenix, along Washington Street and through Tempe and Mesa.

Vehicles will now begin regular testing on Central Avenue. In addition, some trains will go all the way to the end of the line in Phoenix at 19th Avenue and Montebello.

Testing primarily occurs during the day; however, in coming weeks, testing will also take place at night to simulate service.

Expect a train anytime, from either direction, according to Hillary Foose, spokeswoman for METRO. She says testing will continue to ramp up and become more recurring in the weeks leading up to the system’s grand opening on Dec. 27.

Testing will become so regular, in fact, it will appear as though METRO is in service, she said.

Each train is required to travel 1,000 miles during testing before it can be placed into regular service. Testing also helps Metro coordinate the various systems needed for light rail to run.

With trains testing at such a regular pace, Metro offers these guidelines to staying safe around light rail:

  • Light rail is quiet; look and listen for the train.
  • Obey the traffic signals; stop on red.
  • Use the crosswalks and obey all signals.
  • Stay off the trackway; never drive, bike, walk or skateboard on the tracks.
  • Stay clear of the overhead wires; they are energized.

So far, Metro has not had a serious accident. For more on how to ride and ways to be safe around light rail, visit www.metrolightrail.org.

Monday will mark 61 days to the grand opening of METRO on 27 December 2008. The Midtown Museum District is working with METRO Light Rail to help celebrate the festivities at our three METRO stations.  Stay tuned to our blog, our Twitter feed, and our website for more information as it becomes available.  If you want to be added to our e-mail list, click here and fill out the form (we will not share your information, we promise!).

Edward Jensen
Director of Communications and Internet Development
Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association

The following is an event that is taking place here in your Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association. To stay up-to-date with the latest information, check out the calendar of events on our website, http://www.midtownmuseumdistrict.org/.

The Wild Thaiger is celebrating its 5th year on Central Avenue!

You are invited to enjoy a fantastic evening of great food, spirits, and entertainment! Celebrate with us starting the week of October 13th. Lunch for two to be given away everyday for the week! Drop your card in our fishbowl if you’re in the neighborhood!

What: Wild Thaiger celebrating 5th year on Central
When: Saturday October 18th 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Wild Thaiger Restaurant (2631 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ)
Featured Performing Artists: Live music from Chuck Curry and Members of AZZ IZZ

In addition we are honored to bring you two performers from Nirasuan University Performing Arts program who are completing a one year internship at Wat Promkunaram in Waddell, AZ.  Ms. Darakron Nagsutiiem and Mr. Virasak Kruawilai will perform an audience participation Thai dance at 6:30 and 8:30.  In addition there will be prizes awarded throughout the evening, One Grand prize all expense paid dinner for two and a show. One lucky winner will receive two free spots in Chef Ola’s next cooking class, gift certificates and more!
Call us at 602-241-8995 for reservations!

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