Riding the Rail
Are you commuting daily to the NABC events in downtown Phoenix? A great alternative to the heavy traffic, the maze of downtown one-way streets and high parking rates is Phoenix’s Metro Light Rail. And you’ll save big, paying only $4 each day instead of the daily rate of $12 to $18 asked by downtown parking garages.
There are nine free “park and ride” lots for the Light Rail. It is best to use the larger lots at the extreme east and west ends of the route. Those coming from the west can use the lots at 1825 W. Montebello Ave. or 1815 W. Camelback. Both are less than a mile from I-17. It is a 20-minute ride from these lots to downtown. If you come from the east, park at 1806 W. Main St. in Mesa or 2235 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe. The Apache lot is about 100 yards from highway 101. It is a 40-minute ride from these lots to downtown. Note there is no overnight parking allowed in any lot. For more details concerning the park and ride lots, go to http://routes.valleymetro.org/system/route_pdfs/785/original/ltrl.pdf?
The Light Rail stops several times in downtown Phoenix. Depending on the direction you are coming from and which hotel you are playing at, it is a leisurely three- to 10-minute walk to the playing site from the rail stop.
The train runs until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, so any bridge-playing schedule can be accommodated on those days. Sunday through Thursday, the last train from downtown going east leaves at 11:15 p.m., and the last going west leaves at 11:30 p.m. Therefore, if you are playing a 7:30 p.m. game, you must immediately leave at the conclusion of your session to ensure not missing the last train. Evening trains run every 20 minutes.
Costs to ride the Light Rail range from $4 for a day pass to $20 for a seven-day pass. If you are 65 or older, the price is half of the full fares. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks found at each station, online or at numerous local vendors. To locate a vendor, go to http://www.valleymetro.org/sales_locations/retail_outlet_map. To purchase passes online, go to http://www.valleymetro.org/paying_your_fare/fare_purchase/. Passes purchased online are mailed, so purchase these at least two weeks in advance.
The Light Rail also has a stop near Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport that can be reached via shuttle. From here, it is about a 15-minute ride to downtown. A one-way, one-time fare is $2, and there are no restrictions regarding luggage.
Airport Shuttle Service
The easy and cost-effective way to go to and from the airport to your hotel is the SuperShuttle Service. By booking your reservation online now automatically saves you $2, and you can earn frequent flyer miles on selected airline partners. They provide friendly drivers, comfortable vans, reasonable rates and excellent service. To learn more, Click Here to visit their website.
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AAA Yellow Cab is a full service transportation provider. They also provide a wheelchair, stretcher and medical transportation. They have a limousine and van service vehicles. They transport to and from the airport as well anywhere else in the city you would like to go. They have English- and Spanish-speaking drivers to accommodate a diverse group of visitors. Their average taxi rate is $2.00 per mile. For service or more information please call 1-800-829-4222 or Click Here.