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Photos: Streetcar closer to rolling

All shined up but with no place to go until testing begins next week, the first vehicle of Tucson's Sun Link streetcar fleet was on display Friday for the hundreds of Tucsonans who turned out for a ribbon-cutting at the new streetcar maintenance facility downtown.
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Sep 9, 2013, 4:36 pm
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I wish I would have went. Perhaps I could have FINALLY got an answer to my main question concerning this boondoggle…which is what exactly can steel wheels on rails to that rubber on pavement can not. No one wants to address that for some reason.

Buses would have been a hell of a lot cheaper, and accomplish the exact same thing.

Sep 9, 2013, 8:28 pm
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@Bret Linden,

The “wheels on rails” argument says that light rail/streetcar lines spark development because there’s certainty that the line will exist. A bus line can be moved or canceled — the downtown shuttle that was quietly ended, for example. A streetcar’s a major investment, but it prompts even more investment, proponents will tell you. Former car dealer Steve Christy is the chair of the RTA Board; he said Friday that he’s changed his mind about the streetcar, having seen all the new businesses along the route.

Sep 9, 2013, 10:03 pm
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@Dylan Smith

Well, thanks for giving me the other side of the story. If that’s what it is (and I’m not doubting it), it is horrible thinking. When bus routes are moved or ended, it is not done just for fun. It is done presumably because not enough people are using the route.

It sounds like proponents are saying “locked in” as a good thing. I say that “locked in” is yet another in a long list of reasons that makes this a horrible idea.

Trust me, this will never be anything more than a homeless shelter on wheels.

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