Those comments sound similar to what was heard back when the Minneapolis Hiawatha Line light-rail was being built. Now that it’s in operation, it is used by 3 times as many people as predicted, years earlier than predicted. Mostly by people who never rode buses, and say they never will ride buses – but they like the light rail. They are having to expand some of the stations, to allow for bigger trains, because the current ones are too crowded at rush hour.
There is now great demand for additional light rail lines. They are working on one from Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, and the western suburbs are crying for one out in their direction.
All along the light rail line, there is lots of development going on. New housing is being built, and businesses are being added. The proximity to the light rail is hyped by Realtors as a selling point – this area of Minneapolis is one of a very few where housing sales have gone up recently.
If the Phoenix one really goes to ‘nowhere’, my advice would be to quickly buy some of that ‘nowhere’ land as an investment! People who bought up vacant or underused property along the Minneapolis light rail line got rich from that.