University Drive/Rural Road is a light rail station on its own private ROW, located on a diagonal as the line crosses between Rural Road and University Drive. This stop also serves ASU campus (the stops from here and into Downtown Tempe are quite close together since they serve the center of town). Just beyond the station the tracks enter terrace Ave and resume their standard central median running all the way to Mesa. This stop has two side platforms, each with the standard large canopy structures, and sets of benches that both face the tracks and are behind the tracks to provide constant shade cover. South of the stop along the Mesa-bound platform is a small bus loop (really just a series of bus stops), north of the Phoenix-bound platform is just a random empty field of space, with little growing and xeriscaped plants.
Public Art Program: Spirit of Inquiry by Norie Sato and Bill Will: The main part of the exhibit consists of a spherical ball in the plaza alongside the station, that has quotes on it regarding the importance of science and learning. Fitting since the stops on ASU's Tempe Campus
Photos 27-39: 25 June, 2013
Last Updated: 3 April, 2011