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Sun Tran workers reject contract; Strike possible Thursday

Update: A "firm and final offer" by the management company that operates Tucson's Sun Tran bus system was rejected this weekend by unionized bus drivers. An extension of the current contract runs out Wednesday night, and a strike is possible after that. Negotiations will continue Wednesday, Sun Tran officials said.... Read more»

Humming along: Streetcar ridership besting projections

In the first week of paid ridership, Tucsonans took 28,000 trips aboard the new Sun Link streetcar system. With an average of more than 3,900 riding daily, the system's early ridership is more than the projection of 3,600. Officials said they expect ridership to increase as UA students return.... Read more»4

Metro Week: Campaign money flows to Tucson TV

On AZPM's Metro Week, Sentinel Editor Dylan Smith joined a roundtable discussion of the top stories of the week, including campaign fundraising, the GOP gubernatorial primary debate, the Sun Link streetcar's first week of operations, and a sales tax proposal made by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.... Read more»

Streetcar ridership on track: 13k over 4 days

In the first four days of paid ridership, nearly 13,000 Tucsonans jumped aboard the new Sun Link streetcar system. Last weekend, some 60,000 took advantage of three days of free rides on the four-mile route. Officials said the fares were just less than projections, but cautioned that ridership should be judged over time.... Read more»14

Free ride: 60k hop on Sun Link in first days of streetcar ops

The offer of a free ride was taken up by about 60,000 Tucsonans over the first three days of streetcar operations, as the opening of the Sun Link streetcar led to long lines of potential passengers waiting to board.... Read more»1

CLITT parodies Sun Link

Aguirre pokes at Tucson streetcar with Facebook prank

A social media stunt is mocking the Sun Link streetcar project, and Tucsonans are falling for the joke. A page dubbed Community Link Integrated Transit of Tucson invites locals to "Ride the CLITT." The man behind the satire is longtime Downtown arts activist David Aguirre.... Read more»6

Photos: Streetcar gets warm welcome

A gritty sky and rising temperatures didn't keep Tucsonans from turning out to celebrate the launch of the Sun Link streetcar, which made a series of ribbon-cutting whistle stops along its route before a morning event Downtown that inaugurated the line's first run carrying the general public.... Read more»2

Streetcar video tour: Ride the entire route in 3 minutes

Set to the strains of "Old Pueblo Ska," here's a tour of the entire route of the Sun Link streetcar. Sped up almost 20 times normal speed, the hour-long complete circuit takes just under three minutes in this video.... Read more»2

Sun Link opening: Local businesses all aboard with streetcar events

Stretching from the University of Arizona, down 4th Avenue and through Downtown to the Mercado District on the West Side, restaurants, clubs and businesses along the line of the new Sun Link streetcar will mark the opening of the route with a weekend of dozens of events, from the family-friendly to more adult pursuits. Here's a run-down of all the fun:... Read more»

Some Downtown streets to close for Sun Link celebrations

City officials will close some streets and restrict traffic on others overnight Thursday and into Friday as festivities Downtown mark the opening of the Sun Link streetcar. ... Read more»7

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in Phoenix and Tucson, while the number of miles driven has fallen.... Read more»

Sneak a peek at Sun Link streetcar

Politicians and longtime backers of the new Tucson streetcar system got a chance to ride Sun Link on Monday morning. The 3.9-mile, $197 million streetcar line will open to the public Friday, with free rides over the first weekend. (photos and video)... Read more»1

MegaMania!! comic confab set to draw crowds Saturday

Do you adore anime? Are you mad about manga? MegaMania!!, the Pima County Public Library's fourth annual comics convention, returns Saturday at the Downtown Campus of Pima Community College.... Read more»

Kozachik criticizes Guatemalan consulate over migrant crisis

City Councilman Steve Kozachik is criticizing the Guatemalan consulate for eliminating, if temporarily, the position of point person to meet the hundreds of migrants from that nation passing through Tucson's Greyhound bus terminal. ... Read more»

Sixth Avenue underpass closing for maintenance

The Sixth Avenue underpass will be closed this week to allow for maintenance work.... Read more»

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