On a recent Saturday in December, Midtown Museum District residents and businesses donated over 200 man-hours to help prepare materials for METRO Light Rail’s grand opening celebrations later on December 27.

Come check out some photos from that day over on our website,


[source:] 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

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,

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!

You are invited to the inaugural meeting of the MMDNA on Wednesday 24th September at the Fairfield Inn and Suites at 2520 N. Central Avenue from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 24th at the Fairfield Inn and Suites located at 2520 N. Central Avenue (1 block south of Virginia) from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. We have a great range of guest speakers, and our topics for the evening include:

  • Working with Neighborhoods on planning new developments
  • Strengthening communities and local economies
  • 3rd Street Promenade Project, an exciting new development in the neighborhood
  • Community Safety and Block Watch

The agenda is online for download and review.

Refreshments will be provided and places are limited! There are still some places left for people who live and work in the neighborhood so join us and be a part of our exciting future!

Please RSVP to if you’re going to join us.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association

The Midtown Museum District Neighborhood Association is holding a meeting on 24 September 2008 in the Fairfield Inn at 2520 N Central Avenue starting at 7.00pm.  Come have a say in what you want our neighborhood association to be!

Please RSVP to

See you then!

More information: MMDNA meeting on 24 September 2008

Come join the Midtown Museum District and Central United Methodist Church for an informational meeting on METRO Light Rail, due to open up 27 December 2008.  (See the flier at METRO Meeting Flier, 11 August 2008.)

Central United Methodist Church is at 1875 N. Central Avenue (at Palm Lane).  If you’re taking transit, take the Red Line, Blue Line, or Route 0 to Palm Lane.  Parking is also available in the Palm Lane parking lot: follow signs to the church’s east entrance.

If you have any questions, or you would like to learn more about the new Midtown Museum District, please send an e-mail to or call (602) 758-3129.

See you then!