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Metro Phoenix’s light rail reaches milestone

MESA – Metro Phoenix’s new light rail system has reached a milestone: April marked the first month in which it drew more than 1 million boardings.

The trains had more than 1,044,000 boardings last month, and its average weekday ridership was more than 37,000.

In March, it had nearly 973,000 boardings and an average weekday ridership of about 34,000.

The system opened in December. Its startup line runs from north-central Phoenix through downtown and east through suburban Tempe and Mesa. More than 30 miles are planned to open in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Glendale by 2025.

The system is an attempt to battle urban sprawl and get people on public transportation. Critics say car culture here is too strong and the first line is too limited.

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