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The bullet train that could change everything

For years, the Japanese company behind the world’s first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter the U.S. high-speed rail market, hoping to sell one of the world’s ripest passenger rail markets on its breathtakingly fast Shinkansen bullet trains.... Read more»

Update: Storms affect Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County roads, closing four and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here's the list from the county Department of Transportation:... Read more»

Update: Storms affect Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County roads, closing five and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Also, Hohokam Road in the Tucson Mountain District was washed out. Here's the list from the county Department of Transportation:... Read more»

Bus drivers approve contract, service to continue Friday

Update: Tucson's bus drivers voted to approve a one-year contract on Thursday, averting a strike as a contract extension was to expire at midnight. Buses will continue to run on a normal schedule Friday as management and Teamsters reached a $1 million deal.... Read more»2

City vague on details of streetcar ridership

In the first week of paid ridership, Tucsonans took 28,000 trips aboard the new streetcar system. While disclosing that the streetcar had an average of 3,900 riding daily, city officials were reluctant to discuss how many of those riders were paying members of the general public. The figures released are based on counting every time someone steps on or off a streetcar, including drivers, Sun Link staff and police.... Read more»4

Tucson, Phoenix metros among top 25 for pedestrian death rate

Tucson and Phoenix ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for pedestrian death rates from 2008 to 2012, according to a study released Wednesday.... Read more»

Bus drivers to vote on strike-averting contract

On the final day of a contract extension, Tucson's bus drivers and Sun Tran management reached a tentative deal. Buses will continue to run Thursday under a new extension to provide union members time to vote on the proposed new contract.... Read more»

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

Border violence prompts railroad to seek waiver

Union Pacific, one of the country’s largest freight railroads, is requesting permission from the federal government to adjust its operations in Texas because of violence on the Mexican side of the border, including the fatal shooting in May of a train yard worker in Ciudad Juárez.... Read more»

Storms affect Pima County roads

Monsoon storms have flooded some Pima County road, closing one and leading authorities to advise caution when driving on others. Here's the list from the county Department of Transportation:... Read more»

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»

Huckelberry floats half-cent county sales tax for roads

Pima County may institute a half-cent sales tax, to pay for roads and reduce property taxes, if the Board of Supervisors accepts a recommendation made Friday by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. The tax would bring in $76 million per year, with half going toward roads and half put toward lowering property tax rates.... Read more»1

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

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. ... Read more»

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