[Source: Glen Creno and John Faherty, Arizona Republic] — The trains left the station right on time. After more than a decade of planning, and $1.4 billion in spending, the Valley’s light rail system finally became a reality Saturday morning. One train left from a station in Mesa while another departed from downtown Phoenix at precisely 10 a.m.
Riders clapped and cheered as the crowded trains departed. Many sat transfixed looking out the windows. On the first east-bound train, people cheered again as the cars crossed over Tempe Town Lake. Lines started forming for the trains about one hour before the launch and didn’t let up through the morning or into the early afternoon. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]