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Streetcar sees 3,500 paying riders Monday

In the first day of paid ridership, 3,500 jumped aboard Tucson’s new Sun Link streetcar system. Over the weekend, some 60,000 took advantage of three days of free rides on the four-mile route.... Read more»

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Wheels on Sun Tran to keep going around, at least for another week

Tucson’s municipal bus system will continue normal operations until at least Aug. 6, as officials with Sun Tran and Teamsters Local 104 agreed to extend the current labor contract for a week. The agreement was set to expire on Thursday, but drivers will avoid a strike — at least for the moment.

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SeeClickFix

Report road hazards, graffiti & other issues

Is your drive home less than smooth? Use our mapping tool from SeeClickFix to report everything from potholes and graffiti to broken streetlights and overgrown weeds and keep watch over your neighborhood... Read more»

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

Weather Service, Pima County warn of blowing dust

If you’re not riding the streetcar and instead planning on hitting the road northward, you should know that the Weather Service has issued a blowing dust advisory that covers the Picacho Peak area. Pima County officials said they are also issuing an advisory, warning of dust and smoke carried from wildfires.... Read more»

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

Analysis

Switching from a gas tax to a mileage-based user fee

The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.... Read more»

First fallout approaches for Az’s Real ID refusal

Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law that aimed to make it harder for potential terrorists to get fake IDs. The first fallout from the decision could begin soon, with Arizonans not allowed into restricted federal facilities, and possibly not allowed to board airplanes beginning in 2016.... Read more»

Officials: Use caution on flooded Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County roads, closing one and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on 30 others. Here’s the list:... Read more»

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