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Help! Driving In Phoenix

Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:44 pm

Hey All,

Going on Spring Break pretty soon with the roommates to Arizona. We are renting car and need some help with directions and getting the best possible routes from the locals.

Here's what I need....

1.) Downtown Phoenix (Near US Airways Center) to Tempe (Near Mill Ave.)

2.) Tempe to Mesa (Chicago Cubs Spring Training)

3.) Mesa (Chicago Cubs Spring Training) to downtown Phoenix (US Airways Center)

4.) Tempe to Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium)

5.) Tempe to Cave Creek, AZ
 
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:47 pm

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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:51 pm



Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 1):
www.mapquest.com



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
We are renting car and need some help with directions and getting the best possible routes from the locals.

 
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:56 pm



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
1.) Downtown Phoenix (Near US Airways Center) to Tempe (Near Mill Ave.)

I-10 to US-60.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
2.) Tempe to Mesa (Chicago Cubs Spring Training)

US-60.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
3.) Mesa (Chicago Cubs Spring Training) to downtown Phoenix (US Airways Center)

US-60 to I-10.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
4.) Tempe to Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium)

I-10

For specifics, use MapQuest, but staying off surface streets for as long as possible is a good bet during rush hour.
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:57 pm

Make sure you take our wonderful bus and light rail system!  Wink
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Wed Mar 05, 2008 11:49 pm



Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 3):
2.) Tempe to Mesa (Chicago Cubs Spring Training)

US-60.

If you staying near ASU, just take University East and make a left turn onto Center once in Mesa.

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 3):
.) Downtown Phoenix (Near US Airways Center) to Tempe (Near Mill Ave.)

Depending on what part of Mill Ave, (near ASU?) you might take 7th Street north to the 202 then exit at Mill

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Mesa (Chicago Cubs Spring Training) to downtown Phoenix (US Airways Center)

If its after a game, take Mesa Dr (which is quicker than Country Club) to the 60 and head west. W/B 202 can be a nightmare when nearing downtown at that time of day.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
Tempe to Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium)

Just head west on either the 60 or 202 connect with the 10 head halfway to California, follow the signs to the stadium and it will look like a spaceship in middle of a pasture.
For Cave Creek, just get a map and good luck..
 
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:05 am



Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
1.) Downtown Phoenix (Near US Airways Center) to Tempe (Near Mill Ave.)

Go east on Jefferson/whatever road you're on. You'll get to 7th St, turn left (North) then join the I10 eastbound. Almost immediately exit onto 202 east then exit the 202 on Priest, right (south) on Priest to Univeristy then left (east) to Mill

Quoting AirCop (Reply 5):
Depending on what part of Mill Ave, (near ASU?) you might take 7th Street north to the 202 then exit at Mill

202 doesn't have an exit on Mill Ave



Quoting AirCop (Reply 5):
Just head west on either the 60 or 202 connect with the 10 head halfway to California, follow the signs to the stadium and it will look like a spaceship in middle of a pasture.

You forgot to mention leaving the I10 to get on the 101 (at around about 100th Ave). Go N on 101 and you'll see the stadium after Camelback exit.

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
5.) Tempe to Cave Creek, AZ

Get on the 202 or 60 east bound, take 101 North then exit on Scottsdale. North on Scottsdale and you can't miss Cave Creek, about 10 miles.
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:53 am

Since everybody else has helped you with specific directions I will give you a few pointers. In my opinion, The Phoenix Metro Area is the easiest large city to drive in but it will kill you if you dont understand how it works. Most roads (excluding interstates/freeways/ect) are on a grid system. This makes it very easy to navigate. Also, Avoid the freeways at all costs during rush hour. I thought Tampa and Orlando were a bitch until I went to Phoenix. DO NOT drive in the HOV Lane unless you have the requirements.

Here are the HOV requirements:

-A vehicle with 2 or more people in it. People includes babies, but not beagles or inflatable dolls.

-Motorcycles, including those with only one person. -

-AFV vehicles. AFV is the acronym for Alternative Fuel Vehicles. The vehicle must either have an AFV license plate, or an AFV sticker.

-Hybrid vehicles that are able to achieve a 45 percent increase in combined city/highway fuel efficiency. As of 2-9-07, three types of vehicles qualify: Honda Insight, Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius. You must have a special hybrid plate or sticker on the vehicle to use the HOV lane.

-Valley Metro buses.

The HOV lanes are restricted during certain hours only. Those restricted hours are 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the other hours, and all weekend long, anyone can use the HOV lane. In those non-restricted hours, it's just another lane. By the way, if a holiday falls on a Monday, HOV is still applicable. The hours are posted, Monday through Friday. Holidays are not exempt.

The fine is $350.

Source: http://phoenix.about.com

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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:27 am

Thanks everyone! Can't wait to get into the warm weather. Any other driving tips in or around PHX?

A lady at the hotel told me car theft is prevalent in the area.

I think we have a Chevy Cobalt or Ford Focus from Enterprise. Should be interesting.
 
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Fri Mar 07, 2008 8:48 am



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 8):
Any other driving tips in or around PHX?

always turn left.
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:23 am



Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 4):
Make sure you take our wonderful bus and light rail system!

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

That will be finished by 2020 if we're lucky  Yeah sure

Getting around PHX is real simple, I only use 4 main highways, I-10, I-17, 51 and loop 101. More than enough to get you around. The city is really well laid out IMO, its hard to get lost.
 
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Sat Mar 08, 2008 12:34 am



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 8):
Any other driving tips in or around PHX?

Don't worry about stolen cars, its a rental.

Just make sure not to get into an argument in traffic unless you have a gun and are willing to use it.  Wink
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:24 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 10):
That will be finished by 2020 if we're lucky

Errr.... I think you'll find that it's on schedule to be opened in December.
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Sat Mar 08, 2008 1:32 am

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 4):
Make sure you take our wonderful bus and light rail system!

Don't tell the world! We need to keep the crappy public transport to ourselves.

[Edited 2008-03-07 17:33:36]
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Sat Mar 08, 2008 7:24 am



Quoting Chi-town (Reply 8):
A lady at the hotel told me car theft is prevalent in the area.

Where are you staying?

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 4):
Make sure you take our wonderful bus and light rail system!

Be sure to bring enough crack and meth to share with the other passengers.
 
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:17 am

You will find the below website to be very very helpful. Due to the light rail/mass transit construction that is taking place all over the Phoenix metro area, there are frequent expressway closures on weekends and weeknights. It helps to listen to the traffic reports on the radio during rush hour because there are often multiple accidents. And avoid Interstate 17 north of downtown Phoenix into the northern burbs at all costs - its a parking lot most of the time! Enjoy spring training and the great weather  hot 


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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:31 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 10):
That will be finished by 2020 if we're lucky

Should be running in December.

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 8):
A lady at the hotel told me car theft is prevalent in the area.

She's not the best salesperson out there. Accentuate the positives. Don't mention the negatives.

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 3):
Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):

4.) Tempe to Glendale (University of Phoenix Stadium)

I-10

I--10 West to Loop 101 North. Gotta have that last step ya know...
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RE: Help! Driving In Phoenix

Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:59 am



Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 16):
I--10 West to Loop 101 North. Gotta have that last step ya know...

You can see the stadium from the interstate. Close enough.  Wink
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